CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - It's the first time a match hasbeen played on wood and it happened in downtown Charleston. But don't worrytennis fans and players, the dock-court probably won't ever come into popularuse.
The court was set up at the dock on Boyce's Wharf as part ofa promotional photo shoot for the Family Circle Cup.
But fans and curious onlookers got to watch Sloane Stephensand Madison Keys play on the wooden court for about 30 minutes with the RavenelBridge, the USS Yorktown and Charleston's harbor as a backdrop. Despite windyconditions and the lack of a barrier, they two highly ranked players only lostone ball to the harbor.
Keys said she was looking forward to getting back on a morestandard surface.
"They say playing on grass is hard with the bounce andeverything, but playing on playing on wood is a little bit harder than that,"she said.
Keys will play the second match of the day on the BillieJean King Court. She faces Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Stephens has a bye in the first round and will face thewinner of the Elina Svitolina/Jarmila Gajdosova match. Gajdosova earned herplace in the main draw after defeating Paszek on Saturday and Townsend onSunday.
Play resumes at 10 a.m. Monday.