Top WTA women’s tennis professionals return for TaliMar Rancho Santa Fe Open

(L-R) Stacey Lankford Pennington
Stacey Lankford Pennington, last year’s Rancho Santa Fe Open singles winner Marcela Zacarias and RSF Tennis GM John Chanfreau.
(Courtesy RSF Open)

Some of the top women’s players in the world will return to the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club this fall with the third edition of the Rancho Santa Fe Open. The USTA Women’s Pro Circuit $60,000 event will hit the courts Oct. 9-15 and will include an Opening Day party on Friday, Oct. 6 with pro doubles exhibition and appetizers and drinks with the community and competing players.

This year, TaliMar Income Fund has been named the title sponsor of the tournament and presenting sponsor Gillian Gillies and Prentiss Van Den Berg of Compass Realty return for a second straight year.

Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club General Manager John Chanfreau said this is the first year the club has had a full commitment for both a title and presenting sponsorship. The tournament is expected to generate a net income of $20,700 for the club.

“With these major sponsors we can really make this tournament a memorable event for the community of Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego County,” said Chanfreau in a news release. “We have a lot to look forward to in the next few months and can’t wait to proudly receive the USTA Outstanding Facility Award for 2023 at the US Open in September and host the TaliMar RSF Open in October.”

At last year’s tournament, Marcela Zacarias of Mexico captured the biggest professional title of her career by winning the singles event. Zacarias was a runner-up in doubles alongside former USC All-American Gugu Olmos, held a career-high ranking of No. 6 and qualified for the 2022 WTA Finals.

“TaliMar Income Fund is excited to be involved as the title sponsor for the RSF Open,” Brock VandenBerg said in the news release. “We are elated to be promoting the game of tennis in Southern California and bringing together some of the best women’s tennis players from around the world to compete at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club.”

Gold tournament sponsors include ENGIE, Vertical Collective and SLP Urban Planning. In-kind sponsors include Aqua Luna, Skin in the Game and Fulcrum Surf. Featured nonprofits include Do Cancer and Curebound.

“Prentiss Van Den Berg and I are thrilled to be presenting sponsors of the RSF Open once again this year. We love being able to see top-level professional tennis women play in our own backyard,” said Gillian Gillies in the news release. “ The local community seems to agree based on the attendees. Tennis is truly alive and well at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club.”

For more information on about how to get involved or to be a sponsor, contact Stacey Lankford Pennington at

Check out the tournament’s new Instagram page @RSFOpen. In the coming weeks, player announcements and other tournament news will be announced. —RSF Open news release