Andrea Petkovic has received a wild card into the main draw of the Family Circle Cup, which begins March 30 in Charleston. Qualifying takes place March 30 and 31, and main draw play begins April 1. Petkovic, a former top 10 player, has been off the tour more than she has been on it lately because of injuries, so it's good news that she's competing (and, we hope, dancing) again.
The new All-Access Live feature, part of the tour's 40th anniversary celebration, will be produced on April 1, and will be available for viewing here.
2010 champion Sam Stosur, who strained her calf muscle in Indian Wells, reports that she's doing her best to be ready for play in Charleston. Charleston is one of Stosur's favorite destinations.
Unfortunately, 2011 runner-up (and doubles champion) Elena Vesnina has had to withdraw from the tournament because of an elbow injury. Heather Watson has also withdrawn because of a leg injury.
2004 champion Venus Williams will showcase her EleVen line on Monday, April 1 in a World Team Tennis format exhibition. Williams and four Charleston women will participate. All of them will wear EleVen clothing, as will the ballgirls.
The Family Circle Cup has expanded its international coverage by more than 300% this year. There will be 33 matches shown on-air and more than 70 hours of television coverage. And, for the first time, there will be live streaming from the Althea Gibson Club Court.