There are bound to be some compelling stories that will unfold during this week's Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina, but it will be hard to top the one surrounding Shelby Rogers, who grew up just a short drive away from the tournament site.
Rogers, who had to withdraw from the tournament after injuring her knee during Indian Wells, learned the game and rose the U.S. tennis ranks in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, making this week's tournament a home stop on tour.
WATCH—Shelby Rogers' TenniStory:
Rogers' history at the local event goes all the way back to when she was seven years old, when she was a ballgirl at the Family Circle Tennis Center—the venue where this tournament is played.
The 25-year-old had played Charleston each of the previous eight years. Having reached the quarterfinals in 2017—a career-best performance for her at this event—Rogers is obviously disappointed about not being able to compete in front of her family and friends this year.
Rogers easily could have sat back and sulked when finding out she wouldn't be able to play in this year's event. But that just isn't Shelby.
Instead, she is serving as a reporter for the event, chronicling her time at the Volvo Car Open as a part of the #ShelbyOnSite series for Tennis Channel. With this being her hometown, her perspective is one of a kind.
WATCH—Shelby speaks to Daria Kasatkina in the airport:
WATCH—Shelby talks to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Tournament Manager Eleanor Adams:
WATCH—Shelby talks to Tournament Director Bob Moran:
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