Tennis balls and spring bonnets marked the week, which was dominated by sport and family gatherings. As the mercury climbed to record levels, thousands flocked to the Family Circle tennis complex on Daniel Island for the annual tournament that pits the world's leading female players against one another in a spectacular show of athleticism, skill, and style. Lacoste, the official apparel sponsor, polished the tournament's fashionable facade as volunteers, ball crew, and other officials were easily identified by their lovely array of pastel shirts emblazoned with the French fashion house's logo. Dozens of female attendees sported fuzzy bunny ears at the tournament's finale on Sunday, where Italian ice and cold drinks were in high demand. On Saturday morning, scores of festively festooned ladies, gentlemen, children, and dogs strolled along High Battery for the Hat Ladies' fifth annual Easter Promenade. From traditional straw buckets and conservative bowlers to bombastic feather creations, it was a dazzling millinery parade that attracted the applause of early morning joggers and tourists alike.
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1. Becca and Rob Weil, newlyweds as of March 18, are temporarily halted on Tradd Street by the Hat Ladies Promenade 2. Hoping to get on television, this gal works her signage 3. Matthew Rodgers serves up some heat as his ball speed is measured from the sideline 4. Patty Schnyder, the clear crowd favorite thanks to her spectacular win on Saturday, accepts the second place trophy 5. A seersucker suit and a well-groomed pooch with a hat — only in Charleston 6. Cricket Poston, Joann Hayton, and Lori Cullum 7. Laura Lemley walks with Dolly, who, according to Lemley, "loves to wear hats!" 8. Gives new meaning to the rumble seat 9. Self-styled "Top Hat" Archie Burkel (center) leads the promenade 10. A ride in a Radio Flyer was the way to go on Saturday