The Women’s Tennis Association
(WTA) made several announcements today concerning the
WTA Championships, its year-end crown jewel event which
will take place in Singapore on October 17-26, 2014.
This year will mark the first time in the storied
44-year history of the Championships that a city in
Asia-Pacific will host the prestigious event.
During a press conference in
Singapore earlier today, WTA star Eugenie Bouchard,
official WTA Championships Ambassador Chris Evert, WTA
Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster, and Andrew Georgiou,
CEO of World Sport Group, unveiled numerous new elements
of the WTA Championships.
"We are excited to
announce new elements of the WTA Championships that will
engage the fans of women’s tennis with the WTA stars and
turn our year-end event into a premier sports
entertainment property,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman
and CEO of the WTA. “The WTA is committed to the
long-term development of the sports community in
Singapore and through numerous programs we’ve put in
place, we look forward to growing our fan base and
empowering the people of the region through sports.”
continues to grow as a destination for global sports
properties, with Singapore an important hub given its
world class infrastructure and ability to host and
execute to the highest level, said Andrew Georgiou, CEO
of World Sport Group. “The investment in the Singapore
Sports Hub creates an opportunity not only to host
global events such as this, but to do so in a way that
offers an engaging experience for corporates, but also
visitors as well as Singaporeans of all backgrounds. The
WTA Championships Singapore will have something for
NEW CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT:
The WTA Championships will be
expanded into a 10-day sports entertainment event of
competition, exhibitions and activities for the fans of
women’s tennis in Singapore and around the world.
There will be seven days of competition starting in
2014, versus six in previous years, with eight days of
competition in 2015 and on. Additionally, the
doubles competition will be expanded to four teams.
A new WTA Rising Stars
Exhibition will take place during the opening Fan
Festival weekend. The invitational event will feature
the WTA’s up-and-coming talent from the Asian region and
around the world. The WTA’s Rising Stars will compete in
matches, attend and participate in the official draw
ceremony, pro-ams, kids’ clinics, and engage in
charitable and community outreach, in addition to other
professional development training.
WTA Legends Exhibition will welcome some of the
greats of the game back on the court. WTA Legends
will be invited to attend the WTA Championships and
participate in exhibition matches, and support corporate
and community programs.