World No. 8 Jelena Jankovic Enters Charleston

February 10, 2011

Former Family Circle Cup Champion Joins Player Field

CHARLESTON, SC – February 10, 2011 – Jelena Jankovic, World No. 8 and 2007 Family Circle Cup Champion, has officially entered the 2011 Charleston event.  Jankovic joins World No. 5 and defending champion Samantha Stosur, former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, and American teen sensation Melanie Oudin in a stellar class player field assembling on Daniel Island.  Marking the tournament’s 39th consecutive year, the Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 2-10, 2011 at the Family Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston, SC.

“Jelena Jankovic’s game offers a true look at world class power and excitement for our ticket patrons.  She is thrilling to watch, and her big personality really creates a connection with her fans,” said Eleanor Adams, Family Circle Cup Tournament Manager.

Throughout her 11-year WTA career, Jelena Jankovic has notched 12 singles titles, 415 singles victories, over $11.6 million in prize money, and finished a season as the World No. 1 player (2008).

The 25-year-old Serbian marked her fourth consecutive Top 10 year-end ranking in 2010, concluding with a No. 8 finish.  The year was highlighted by her twelfth singles title (Indian Wells), a semifinal berth at Roland Garros, a fourth round appearance at Wimbledon, and qualification for her fourth consecutive Tour Championships.  She also participated in Fed Cup action last year, posting a 3-1 singles record for Serbia.  Her official web site is, and fans can also follow her at

Jankovic has made five previous appearances in Charleston where she has accumulated $241,825 in prize money, a 10-5 record, and a singles title in 2007.  Her Cup earnings rank her at No. 19 among all-time Family Circle Cup money leaders.

“Charleston is such a beautiful city, and I always have so much fun there,” commented Jelena Jankovic.  “My Family Circle Cup championship meant a lot to me, and I’m very excited to return for another shot at this historic title.”

Jankovic’s 2007 Family Circle Cup Championship will be commemorated with a 47’ x 40’ banner displayed on Family Circle Stadium beginning in February, and lasting throughout the 2011 tournament.

“We’re always glad to welcome back a former Cup champion,” added Adams.

Ticket packages, travel packages, individual session tickets, and Game, Set, Rock! Tennis. Amplified. presented by Dove tickets are on-sale now at, where fans can also visit for continuous updates on player commitments as the event approaches.

The Family Circle Tennis Center

The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the Family Circle Cup, is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Meredith Corporation that also hosts a variety of additional events including concerts, festivals, tennis tournaments and other activities throughout the year.  Charleston, South Carolina bested 81 U.S. cities in being voted the Best Tennis Town in America in the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) 2010 contest.  The Family Circle Cup receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally by over 25 countries, featuring over 140 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching 4.33 million viewers worldwide.  With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation. The Tennis Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts lighted for night play, Pro Shop, and a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, marketing, public relations, and food & beverage.  For tickets or more info, call (843) 856-7900 or visit