The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
announced today that International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina
Navratilova has been named as the first legend who will compete in
the inaugural WTA Legends event to be held in conjunction with the
BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. An
eight-time singles champion and 11-time doubles champion at the WTA
Finals, Navratilova will also collaborate with the WTA on the design
of the newly named Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy,
which will be awarded to the doubles champions.
In addition to competing in the WTA Legends
event, Navratilova will participate in community youth programs
aimed at inspiring young girls to play sport; share her extensive
tennis knowledge with coaches from the region; and participate in
fan promotions and corporate partner programs.
“Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest,
brightest and most talented players to ever step on a tennis court
and she never left any stone unturned in her quest for excellence.
With more doubles titles than any other player in WTA history, it is
fitting to create the WTA Finals Doubles Champion trophy to
permanently recognize Martina’s contributions and inspire
generations to come,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “We
are thrilled for our fans that she will be playing in the WTA
Legends event and her passion and unrivaled knowledge of the game
make her a perfect fit to promote women’s tennis and encourage a
healthy, active lifestyle to kids and fans across Southeast Asia and
“Playing at the WTA’s season finale provided
some of the most memorable moments of my career, so I am honored to
be in a position to support the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore in
an official capacity,” said Navratilova. “I look forward to a week
of fantastic competition in singles and doubles, and to helping grow
a love of our sport among fans of all ages in Singapore and
throughout this exciting part of the world.”
Crowned champion at the WTA Finals eight
times in singles (1978-79, 1981, 1983-86) and 11 times in doubles
(1980, 1981-85, 1986-89, 1991), Navratilova owns the WTA record for
singles titles (167), doubles titles (177) and career match wins
(1,442). Accumulating 59 Grand Slam titles (18 singles, 31 women's
doubles, 10 mixed doubles) throughout her illustrious career,
International Tennis Hall of Fame legend Billie Jean King referred
to Navratilova as the “greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles
player who's ever lived,” after she announced her retirement from
women's tennis in 2006.
Navratilova joins Chris Evert to support the WTA’s first season
finale in Singapore. The two forged what is arguably the defining
rivalry in WTA history, facing each other 80 times between 1973 and
1988. The two WTA legends now join together in supporting the Road
to Singapore and WTA Finals.
For the first time in the 44-year history of the WTA Finals,
Singapore becomes the first city in Asia-Pacific to stage the
prestigious season-ending event (October 17-26, 2014) under the
all-encompassing brand identity ‘On Top Of The World’.
Women's tennis fans will have the opportunity to get closer to their
favorite stars and the WTA Finals via a season-long “Road to
Singapore” journey. All the latest news will be available from the
WTA Finals website
www.WTAFinals.com, Twitter (@WTAFSingapore) and Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG).
Fans will enjoy unparalleled access to their favorite players'
season-long journey, including enhanced editorial coverage across