Historic clay-swing tournament already drawing big names with Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur entered

Ons Jabeur during a match

World No 5 Jessica Pegula and defending champion Ons Jabeur have signed on to turn out at the 2024 Charleston Open in South Carolina.

The oldest all-women’s tennis tournament in the United States, the Charleston Open is a WTA 500 event and the only clay-court tournament contested in North America on the women’s tour.

It usually serves as the symbolic transition from the Sunshine Double into the clay swing that leads up to the French Open.

The Charleston Open is played on a so-called ‘green clay’ surface on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina.

2023 semi-finalist Pegula and world No 6 Jabeur headline the tournament’s early commitments. However, the Charleston Open has already drawn a quality field which also includes No 9 Maria Sakkari. Former Charleston Open champions Madison Keys (2019), and Sloane Stephens (2016) have also committed to return in 2024.

“We have an incredible field of tennis champions already committed to play in Charleston next year and ticket sales and demand for 2024 continue to outperform previous records,” said Bob Moran, Tournament Director of the Credit One Charleston Open.

In 2023, Jabeur swept to the title in Charleston without dropping a set and returns to the freshly revamped Credit One Stadium which now offers an enhanced fan experience. The Tunisian won a rematch of the 2022 final last term, exacting revenge on Belinda Bencic to lift the second clay court title of her career.

Bencic will not return to the tournament in 2024 despite being on the entry list initially after she announced that she was leaving the WTA Tour as she is pregnant.

With a rich history of hosting some of the world’s finest tennis players, next year will be no exception for Charleston. The 2024 edition will take place from March 30 to April 7 and will mark the beginning of the clay season on the WTA tour.

Jessica Pegula, the USA’s No. 2 woman who has made nine previous trips to Charleston in her career with her best finish coming in 2023, when she lost to Bencic in the semis, returns to join Jabeur at the head of the field.

Sakkari has a good shout of being a top seed at the event and is looking forward to a return to Charleston.

“I am really looking forward to competing again in Charleston after my last time there five years ago,” said Sakkari.

“I played well on the green clay and really enjoyed the tournament’s laid back atmosphere. I would love to lift the Charleston trophy next spring!”

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