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One of the Lowcountry’s primary annual springtime events is getting a brand new name, and it’ll take a little getting used to… especially after 43 years of it being called something else.

It was just announced with much fanfare that the Family Circle Cup, the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in the world and soon to be in its 44th incarnation, is getting a new title sponsor and thus a new moniker.

From now on, it will be known as the “Volvo Cars Open.”

This dovetails with a recent announcement that Volvo is building its very first auto plant in the United States, in nearby Berkeley County, the same county as the tournament’s stadium.  The plant will be located along I-26 (Exit 187) near Ridgeville.  This $500 million facility will produce 100,000 annually and employ up to 4,000 people.  Construction is set to start this fall, and the first cars should roll off the line in 2018.

According to Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “It is a great honor to become the title sponsor of this world-class tournament; one that like Volvo Cars, celebrates passion and performance… As we are establishing our U.S. manufacturing footprint in the Charleston area, this is an ideal way for us to leverage our presence in the community.”

The tournament is based on Daniel Island and lasts for nine days, and this spring it will take place April 2nd through the 10th.  Daniel Island is a convenient drive from all of our beach rentals Charleston.  If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just take I-526 in Mount Pleasant and take the Daniel Island exit; you can’t miss the huge tennis stadium on your left.

FYI, the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) love coming to  – and winning! –  the tournament, and they’ve been known to stay (along with their beloved dogs) in a luxury house on Isle of Palms.  So if you’re planning on staying in a Charleston beach house on the IOP during the tourney, keep an eye peeled!

Tickets for the 2016 Volvo Cars Open officially go on sale on Tuesday, September 15th.   Here’s a link to the tournament website, with all the details:

Ticket info is also available by calling (800) 677-2293.

Here’s a link with more on the story of the name change:

Here’s a full list of past champions of the Family Circle Cup  –  er, now the Volvo Cars Open:

2015   Angelique Kerber

2014   Andrea Petkovic

2013   Serena Williams

2012   Serena Williams

2011   Caroline Wozniacki

2010   Samantha Stosur

2009   Sabine Lisicki

2008   Serena Williams

2007   Jelena Jankovic

2006   Nadia Petrova

2005   Justine Henin

2004   Venus Williams

2003   Justine Henin

2002   Iva Majoli

2001   Jennifer Capriati

2000   Mary Pierce

1999   Martina Hingis

1998   Amanda Coetzer

1997   Martina Hingis

1996   Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

1995   Conchita Martinez

1994   Conchita Martinez

1993   Steffi Graf

1992   Gabriela Sabatini

1991   Gabriela Sabatini

1990   Martina Navratilova

1989   Steffi Graf

1988   Martina Navratilova

1987   Steffi Graf

1986   Steffi Graf

1985   Chris Evert

1984   Chris Evert

1983   Martina Navratilova

1982   Martina Navratilova

1981   Chris Evert

1980   Tracy Austin

1979   Tracy Austin

1978   Chris Evert

1977   Chris Evert

1976   Chris Evert

1975   Chris Evert

1974   Chris Evert

1973   Rosie Casals

With the coming of Labor Day, peak season 2015 is almost over.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great time to visit the beaches near Charleston.  The good thing about coming to the Lowcountry in the so-called “offseason” is that temps are generally moderate to downright delightful, the beach is less crowded, and you’ll get the best rates on all our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  You’ll also get the best selection from among our portfolio of luxury beach house rentals SC.

It’s also not too early to book one of our rental homes South Carolina for the 2016 Volvo Cars Open.  You’ll get a good selection, plus some great rates.

So remember  –  plan ahead, and contact Exclusive Properties when you are searching for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger