As the fifth and final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals lands on the horizon, Singapore will welcome twelve iconic WTA figures who will serve as Legend Ambassadors, each supporting the 10-day tennis festival through a comprehensive program of sponsor, media and community engagement activities.
Leading the group this year will be the trailblazing Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA. King last visited Singapore last March in conjunction with International Women’s Day, and was moved by how much the sport has grown since her previous visit in 2014, back at the first edition of the WTA Finals. Says King: “It is always heartening to see a community respond so enthusiastically to our sport, and Singapore has really embraced women’s tennis over the last five years. When I was here for the first edition of the WTA Finals in 2014, I already had a feeling that Singapore was going to be an amazing host city. Then when I came back in March this year, it was fantastic to see how the understanding for the sport has matured, and how passionate the fans are. We are truly grateful for what Singapore has achieved with the WTA Finals, and I cannot wait to come back and celebrate with everyone there in October!”
The group will also be joined by Martina Navratilova, after whom the WTA Finals Doubles Trophy is named, and Chris Evert, making them the two WTA Legends who have participated in all five editions of the event in Singapore. Shared Navratilova: “Singapore has such a special place in my heart because I have attended every year and have seen for myself how the WTA Finals event has continued to improve year after year. It is always such a pleasure to be part of the event as the setting is so unique, the passionate fans make it such a memorable experience and of course there is always great food and entertainment nearby. I’m really looking forward to this Grand Finale and toasting to a job well done in Singapore.”
Also making their return are Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Iva Majoli, Alicia Molik, Mary Pierce and Monica Seles, together with Asian role models Yayuk Basuki and Tamarine Tanasugarn, who added: “It is a bittersweet feeling to see the WTA Finals in Singapore come to an end this year, but I am so thankful for what the event has done to raise the profile of the sport in the region. I have been lucky to be involved in the WTA Future Stars initiative which has really become something that all the juniors in Asia-Pacific aspire to be a part of. Having the event in Singapore has helped to kickstart the growth of the sport in our part of the world, and I hope that it will continue to develop further in future.”
Finally, the newest addition to the incredible list of WTA Finals Legend Ambassadors this year is Jennifer Capriati, a three-time Grand Slam champion, former WTA World No.1 and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. Capriati was a semi-finalist at the season-ending tournament in 2003, and says: “The WTA Finals is such a prestigious event and it is a significant milestone in any player’s career to qualify for it, so I am truly honored to be a part of the last edition in Singapore. I will be revisiting Singapore from early in my career and I remember it to be a beautiful city, so I’m very excited to return once again in October!”
Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals said, “The WTA Finals Legend Ambassador program has really played an integral role in our community outreach during the event’s tenure in Singapore. Through meet and greet sessions, clinics, forums, and conferences, the WTA Legends have been able to touch the hearts of the fans, the next generation of players, the volunteers, and all those who have been involved in the WTA Finals over the last five years. I have had so many young kids come up to me to share their excitement of how they got Kim Clijsters’ autograph, and fans telling me about how they have been inspired to pursue their dreams after hearing about Monica Seles’ journey. All these stories are a testament to how impactful the WTA Finals Legend Ambassadors have been on the community, and I am so excited to be welcoming all 12 of them to Singapore in October to celebrate what will be the best WTA Finals yet.”
Sarah Clements, Vice-President of Tennis – Asia at Lagardère Sports, concluded: “The WTA Finals brings together the best women’s tennis action on court together with unforgettable experiences for the fans in the amazing city of Singapore. The WTA Finals Legend Ambassadors have contributed so much in terms of shining the spotlight on the event in Singapore through engaging with all our fans, partners and sponsors, and we hope that all of them remember the incredible experiences and the value of their impact for many years to come.”
The 2018 BNP Paribas WTA Finals takes place at the Singapore Sports Hub from 21st – 28th October 2018. Tickets available here
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