AN JOSE, CA, USA — The longest-running tournament on the WTA will stay in the California Bay Area, as Mubadala Investment Company has announced that it will sponsor the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, starting later this year in San José, California.

IMG has also made a long-term agreement with San José State University to host the event beginning in 2018, reinforcing its commitment to keeping the WTA Premier event in California’s Bay Area after a lengthy tenure at Stanford University.

The 2018 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will take place from July 30 to August 5, 2018, and is the first event in the US Open Series, which leads up to the final Grand Slam event of the year.

First played in 1971, the WTA Premier event includes past champions such as Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.

“Mubadala is proud to support this tournament, which has such a tremendous heritage in the Bay Area and women’s tennis,” said Nadine Saleh Hassan, Senior Vice President for Communications at Mubadala. “Silicon Valley is associated with innovation and great thinking, and we want to play a part in keeping such a championship-level sporting event in this area for fans and players alike.”

“Mubadala’s commitment to the growth of tennis is inspiring and makes the company an ideal partner,” said WME and IMG Co-President Mark Shapiro.

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will be played at the newly opened Spartan Tennis Complex, which currently includes a 15-acre complex featuring six fully illuminated outside courts, with plans for a further six indoor courts.

San José State University will build a custom stadium court adjacent to the Spartan Tennis Complex with temporary seating for 4,000 fans. The overall facility will include a state-of-the-art locker room, player’s lounge and administrative offices. Players competing in the event will also have full access to other world-class Spartan athletic facilities during the event.

“When we met with San José State University, we could tell right away that they would be a great partner willing to invest in and help us grow the tournament,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Tournament Director of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

“Northern California is known for its outstanding tennis at all levels and its support of professional tennis tournaments,” said Marie Tuite, San José State University’s Director of Athletics. “It will be a privilege to host a world-class event like the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.”