- Tournament returns in 2015 with an expanded eight days of competition
- Sees first-ever “Singapore Tennis Evening at Marina Bay Sands” gala event
- Introducing “Advantage Singapore” to share excitement with fans island-wide in lead up to 10-day tennis festival
SINGAPORE – Tennis fever is set to return to Singapore as organizers of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global today unveiled a line-up of new and enhanced programmes that will connect the 10-day festival to people from all walks of life in Singapore.
Building upon record crowds and excitement from last year, the 2015 edition of the international sport entertainment spectacle takes place 23 October to 1 November, and will see an expanded eight days of competition and the continued inclusion of the WTA Legends Classic, WTA Rising Stars Invitational and WTA Future Stars Finals competitions.
This year will also see the first-ever “Singapore Tennis Evening at Marina Bay Sands”, a gala event on 30 October to celebrate the annual achievements of the best women’s tennis players in the world. The evening will also feature Paloma Faith, double platinum UK artiste and winner of the British Female Solo Artist at the 2015 Brit Awards, in her debut public performance in Southeast Asia. A cocktail soiree for private guests of the tennis family kicks off the evening’s program of glitz, glamour and tennis, which then moves to the iconic MasterCard theatres at Marina Bay Sands for “The Show featuring Paloma Faith” – a star-studded awards and entertainment spectacle, where fans can see both the royalty of women’s tennis along with the show-woman extraordinaire who has worked with renowned producers like Pharrell Williams and John Legend. Tickets to The Show featuring Paloma Faith will go on sale Sat, 25 July exclusively on marinabaysands.com. Tickets on other channels and all packages will be made available from Sat, 1 August on marinabaysandspackages.com and Sports Hub Tix ticketing channels.
With three months to go to the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, event organisers have also introduced “Advantage Singapore”, the official program of fan-friendly experiences and public engagements designed to share the excitement of Asia’s biggest tennis festival with fans island-wide. “Advantage Singapore” comprises exciting fan experiences, a series of learning journeys and various training programs designed to cultivate an enduring tennis legacy in Singapore.
“We’re thrilled with the positive response we received from last year’s inaugural WTA Finals, and we want to build on that success and take the tennis extravaganza to the next level this year. One of our key objectives has always been to provide a platform for fans from all walks of life and everywhere to engage with the sport, and this year, we have ramped up our efforts toward realizing this vision by keeping tennis and fans at the heart of everything that we do,” said Sarah Clements, Vice President of Tennis (Asia), at event promoter World Sport Group.
Highlights of the “Advantage Singapore” initiatives include:
- Enriching workshops at select primary schools to reveal the science and technology in the professional world of tennis as well as sportsmanship values that have defined world champions like Billie Jean King and Serena Williams. The children will also get to play a host of fun games that incorporate useful lessons in physics, sports, and teamwork.
- Training programs designed to inspire and develop the next generation of tennis professionals and equip youths with elite skill sets both on and off court – from mastering playing techniques to understanding on-court protocol and learning how to organize a world-class sporting event. These programs include: the Singapore Ball Kids training program, the WTA Finals Force volunteers program, the WSG Internship and WTA Fellowship programs, and WTA Future Stars clinics.
- Heightened fan experiences through an expanded Fan Zone packed with plenty of fun interactive games, sport challenges, and star-studded tennis appearances that will appeal to fans and families, young and old. The official Fan Festival starts on Friday, 23 October and runs through Sunday, 1 November, at the OCBC Square, and is free of charge to the public. Player-practice sessions will also be free of charge during Fan Festival weekend (23 – 25 October), and admission is by valid same-day match ticket or gold-coin donation (to an official charity appointed by the organizer) thereafter.
- Corporate social responsibility initiatives that have been stimulated directly by the WTA Finals, to create meaningful and enduring experiences for the local community, from equipping neighbourhood primary schools with kit and coaching under the SC Global Tennis for Every Child program, to inspiration, mentorship and life coaching for at-risk children through the diverse programs developed by SportCares.
“Singapore was the first city in Asia Pacific ever to host the WTA Finals. Clearly, the fans are embracing our sport and this spectacular event with record audiences and attendance in 2014. Women’s tennis has come a long way since we opened our first regional office in China with only two events there in 2008. This year, there are as many as 23 events throughout Asia Pacific including the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore where the world’s top 8 singles and doubles women’s tennis players compete at the highest level. In line with our commitment to reach out to the community to establish a foundation for women’s tennis in Asia Pacific, we also introduced the WTA Future Stars program in 2014 which has expanded from 12 to 17 markets this year. Through this initiative, girls from the next generation are able to compete for a chance to play alongside the best in Singapore and aspire one day to play in the WTA Finals themselves. Singapore is attracting the eyes of the world. Tennis in Asia Pacific has never been better than now,” said Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals.
”The WTA Finals presents a unique opportunity for the community to come together to learn, bond and be empowered through sport. Building on the success of the community engagement activities at the inaugural tournament last year, Sport Singapore is keen to partner WSG and WTA to be part of the various Advantage Singapore initiatives. We believe that the programs for tennis players, coaches and officials, community engagement efforts such as the Singapore Ball Kids Program and volunteer programs, as well as corporate social responsibility initiatives through SportCares will continue to inspire everyone and help us Live Better Through Sport,” added Lenard Pattiselanno, Director, Business Partnership, Sport Singapore.
Said Jean Ng, Director, Sports, Singapore Tourism Board: “As we celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday, we are excited to host both new and returning spectators for the second instalment of the WTA Finals Singapore. This year’s fan experience will be enhanced not just by the expanded Fan Zone and Singapore Tennis Evening, but also the island-wide Golden Jubilee special campaign featuring diverse dining, shopping, attractions and entertainment promotions. Together, these off-court offerings augment the world-class tennis action and further showcase Singapore’s position as the region’s sport and entertainment hub.”
Tickets for the general public start at S$16.90 and can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix www.sportshub.com.sg/WTAFinals, the official ticketing partner of the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Tickets to The Show featuring Paloma Faith will go on sale Sat, 25 July exclusively on all marinabaysands.com. Tickets on other channels and all packages will be made available from Sat, 1 August on marinabaysandspackages.com and Sports Hub Tix ticketing channels. Ticket packages that will include WTA Finals, Singapore Tennis Evening, dinner and accommodation at Marina Bay Sands Hotel will be available from www.marinabaysandspackages.com and www.sportshubtix.com.sg from 10am Saturday, 1 August.
Log on to the WTA Finals website www.WTAFinals.com for more information and follow on Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) and Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG).
The current Road to Singapore leaderboard comprises the following players (as of Monday, 20 July): 1. Serena Williams, 2. Maria Sharapova, 3. Simona Halep, 4. Carla Suarez Navarro, 5. Garbine Muguruza, 6. Lucie Safrarova, 7. Karolina Pliskova, 8. Petra Kvitova, 9. Timea Bacsinszky, 10. Angelique Kerber. In addition, Caroline Wozniacki (11), Agnieszka Radwanska (12) and Ana Ivanovic (16), who all qualified for last year’s WTA Finals, are not far behind.
The leaderboard is updated each Monday and can be found at www.wtafinals.com Singapore became the ninth city to host the WTA Finals in 2014 joining Boca Raton (1972-73), Los Angeles (1974-76, 2002-05), Oakland (1978), New York City (1977, 1979-2000), Munich (2001), Madrid (2006-07), Doha (2008-10) and Istanbul (2011-13).