Finished our #Dubs at 1:30am and look who our “ballkid” is!?! Tournament Director #BobMoran is ALL IN... And so were the other chair umpires who subbed themselves in for the last match of the night here in #Charleston ???? The staff onsite is doing an AMAZING job creating a safe and healthy environment for the players and I can’t thank them enough... Playing in front of a crowd has always been one of my favorite things about being a professional tennis player so I’ll be honest and say I miss all of you being there in the stands... But I still feel your love and support and we’ll be together again soon. #Tennis ???? #CreditOneBankInvitational ???? #WTA ???????? #SoBeWanKenobi ????♂️ #GameSetMattek
In Charleston, tennis has always been a family affair. But this week, the community dedication has been taken up a level. Credit One Bank Invitational tournament director Bob Moran stepped in for ball person duties when matches ran late on Thursday.
Rain hindered action on Tuesday and Wednesday night, forcing a packed schedule of action for Thursday. Ball boys and girls have been wearing masks and gloves, and instead of touching the balls directly they use a small tube.
Moran is the longtime tournament director of the Volvo Car Open, which was cancelled in April. He helped organize the invitational this week, featuring 16 players split up into two teams.
On Thursday night, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sofia Kenin topped Victoria Azarenka and Madison Keys in a deciding tiebreaker to give Team Peace an 8-6 lead going into Friday.