Former US Open Champion to Return to Austin, Feb. 24 – March 3
AUSTIN, Texas – The ATX Open has announced Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, has committed to play the 2024 Hologic WTA Tour event at Austin’s Westwood Country Club. Stephens, who reached the quarterfinals at the inaugural ATX Open earlier this year, is the first player to commit to play the tournament which will be held Feb. 24-March 3, 2024.
In the tournament’s first edition, Stephens was a quarterfinalist in both singles and doubles. During the ATX Open earlier this year, Stephens was also the recipient of the 2023 Women’s Catalyst Award, which is presented in partnership with Google and the Austin Community Foundation Women’s Fund, for her work with the Sloane Stephens Foundation.
“We are thrilled Sloane will be returning to the ATX Open,” said Tournament Director Christo Van Rensburg. “Sloane is a champion on and off the court. She delighted the crowds with her runs to the quarterfinals last year in Austin, and we were honored to be able to recognize her charitable efforts by awarding her the Catalyst Award.”
Stephens was the third recipient of the Catalyst Award, which is given to a women’s tennis player who has been a role model to other players, is involved in her community and advocates for women in sports. The Sloane Stephens Foundation was started in 2013 and aims to improve opportunities for underserved youth through education, fitness and sport.
On court, Stephens has enjoyed another successful season and is poised to finish in the WTA Top 40 for the 11th time in 12 seasons. In addition to her Austin quarterfinal, this season she reached that round in Merida and Cleveland, added a semifinal in Rabat and reached the Round of 16 at the French Open.
The winner of seven titles, she has been ranked as high as No. 3 in her career. In 2017, she claimed her biggest title with a victory at the US Open. She has also reached three finals during her career, including at the French Open and WTA Finals in 2018.
In 2023, nearly 18,000 fans enjoyed the inaugural ATX Open that was capped by Marta Kostyuk winning the singles title, while Erin Routliffe, this year’s US Open doubles champion, teamed up with Aldila Sutjiadi to win the ATX Open doubles title.
Tickets for the second edition of the WTA 250 tournament will go on sale at ATXOpen.com on Monday, October 16, at 10 a.m. CDT. The tournament’s second edition promises several changes, including additional seating around Center Court, expanded hospitality offerings in several locations, the new Owners’ Club offering views of Grandstand Court, additional special events, and a new opening weekend featuring qualifying matches and other activities to kick off tournament week.
Sponsorships are now available for the 2024 tournament, with additional hospitality offerings and events enhancing the packages. Companies interested in partnering with the tournament should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request additional information.
Additional player commitments will be announced in the coming weeks and the full player list for next year’s ATX Open will be released in January.