Two-time Wimbledon champion and former World No. 2 Petra Kvitova has been granted a main draw wildcard into the Bank of the West Classic, July 31-August 6, at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
Kvitova, currently ranked 14th, has made a triumphant return to the WTA this year following surgery to repair damage to her left hand suffered during a home invasion in December of 2016.
Earlier this year, the 27-year-old captured the singles title at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham prior to Wimbledon marking her 20th career WTA singles title.
This will mark Kvitova’s first visit to the Bank of the West Classic.
The addition of Kvitova gives the Bank of the West Classic a Grand Slam feel with five players having won major singles titles including five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka, reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, and past French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.
The field also boast several young American stars including Madison Keys, Atherton resident CiCi Bellis, CoCo Vandeweghe and current Wimbledon junior champion Claire Lui.
The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
Tickets for the Bank of the West Classic are on sale now with individual session tickets for the opening round start at just $34.
The Bank of the West Classic also provides fans with multiple money-saving ticket packages that start as low as $192 for Night Session Packages, $265 for Weekend Packages and $620 for Full Week Packages.
Groups of 12 or more can also receive discounts of up to 20 percent.
Visit www.bankofthewestclassic.com for ticket information
The Bank of the West Classic offers several different seat options with prices to fit everyone's budget. Qualifying will be held July 29-30 and is free to the public.
The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who's Who of women's tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the US Open Series with total prize money of $776,000.
Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.