CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A pair of standout tennis players with ties to the University of Virginia will take the court on Tuesday to compete at the Credit One Bank Invitational as signee Emma Navarro (Charleston, S.C.) and two-time NCAA Champion Danielle Collins participating in the event.
The Credit One Bank Invitational will be played in Charleston, S.C., at LTP Daniel Island as part of the Tennis Channel Re(Open) Tour and will have more than 40 hours of live coverage on Tennis Channel. The tournament will be conducted without fans and will feature 16 singles matches and eight doubles matches. It is currently the largest-scale tennis event confirmed since the sport shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to Collins and Navarro, the player field includes reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin as well as Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Victoria Azarenka, Amanda Anisimova, Monica Puig, Ajla Tomljanovic, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Genie Bouchard, Jennifer Brady, Leylah Fernandez and Caroline Dolehide. Keys and Mattek-Sands will serve as captains for the UTR tennis event.
A feature 16 singles matches and eight doubles matches throughout the course of the week. Play begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET with four singles matches. Navarro is schedule to be the second singles match of the day when she takes on Leylah Fernandez of Canada, while Collins is slated to play in the third singles match of the day against fellow American, Amanda Anisimova. Navarro’s match with Fernandez is a rematch of the finals of the 2019 French Open Junior Championships.
Play continues throughout the week and begins each day at 4 p.m. The tournament will follow a format of the singles matches and a doubles match each day from Wednesday through Saturday before concluding with all 16 players battling it out in four doubles matches on Sunday.
Fans can also get updates as play progresses throughout the tournament by following the official Twitter account of the Virginia women’s tennis program (@UVAWomensTennis).
The tournament will consist of the 16 singles and eight doubles matches. Singles matches will be best of three sets with a 10-point tiebreak in the third set. The doubles will have no-ad scoring. Match victories on Tuesday and Wednesday are good for one point each with a total of eight team points available. Singles matches on Thursday and Friday are worth two points each for a total of 16 team points. Saturday and Sunday’s matches are worth three points each with a total of 24 points on the line.
ABOUT EMMA NAVARRO
Navarro, currently ranked the No.1 recruit in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net, recently went three sets at the Abierto GNP Seguros with American professional Sloane Stephens, who currently holds a world professional ranking of No. 37. In 2019, Navarro competed in all four junior grand slams, reaching the singles semifinals at the Wimbledon Junior Championships, and the finals at the French Open Junior Championships. In doubles, she and her partner won the 2019 French Open Junior Championship, reached the finals at the Australian Open Junior Championships and reached the quarterfinals at the Wimbledon Junior Championships. Navarro is a blue-chip recruit by TennisRecruiting.net and finished 2019 ranked as the No. 3 junior singles player in the world.
ABOUT DANIELLE COLLINS
Collins was a two-time NCAA singles champion for the Cavaliers, becoming only the seventh woman to ever win two NCAA singles titles and the first from the Atlantic Coast Conference with her title in 2016. A three-time All-American in singles, she was named the 2016 ITA Senior Player of the Year and Honda Sport Award winner for tennis before beginning her professional career. She is currently ranked No. 51 in the world in singles and reached a career-high ranking of No. 23 after advancing to the semifinals at the 2019 Australian Open.