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WTA Kicks Off Championships in Singapore
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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.”

“Asia 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 everyone.”    

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.

The new 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.  

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