FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – February 1, 2020. Sofia Kenin of the U.S. poses with the trophy after winning her match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo
(Reuters) – Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu will be among 16 women’s players to compete in Charleston next month in the largest event held since the season was derailed in mid-March by the COVID-19 crisis, the Tennis Channel said on Friday.
American Kenin, who won this year’s Australian Open, and Canada’s Andreescu, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, will take part in the Credit One Bank Invitational, which will be aired on the Tennis Channel and begin on June 23.
It will be held without fans in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The 16 players will be divided into two teams with Americans Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands serving as captains. The tournament will feature 16 singles matches and eight doubles contests.
“Let’s Do This!!” Mattek-Sands wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Other players slated to participate include former world number one Victoria Azarenka, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2016 Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig.
The field will be completed by Americans Amanda Anisimova, Jennifer Brady, Danielle Collins, Emma Navarro, Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers as well as Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Leylah Fernandez and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.
Charleston hosts the WTA’s Volvo Car Open annually in early April, but organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event due to the pandemic.
Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Toby Davis