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Tennis: Chris Evert continues as WTA Finals ambassador

Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will continue as an ambassador of the WTA Finals.

Chris Evert, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will continue as an ambassador of the WTA Finals.

March 16, 2015: Chris Evert will return as an Official Ambassador for the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced.

 

This year’s WTA Finals features a record US$7 million purse and includes an expanded format featuring eight days of competition from October 23-November 1.

 

Once again, Evert – who won the WTA Finals four times – will support and promote the ‘Road to Singapore’, a season-long campaign that follows the WTA stars and WTA Rising Stars on their quest to qualify and compete in the Finals.

 

Evert, 60, is one of the most decorated women in the history of tennis, having won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in a record 34 finals. In singles, she reached the semi-finals or better in the 34 Grand Slams she entered from the 1971 US Open through the 1983 French Open, and in 52 of the 56 she played in her career.

 

The American was the first World No. 1 when rankings began in 1976 and held top spot for 260 weeks over the next decade, often battling with Martina Navratilova for the mantle. Evert’s career winning percentage in singles matches of 89.96% (1309-146) is the highest in the history of Open Era tennis, for men or women.

 

“I am so excited to return to Singapore as an Official Ambassador of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global,” Evert said.

 

“I was blown away last year by the enthusiasm and support of all the fans. The bar has been set high, but I am looking forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”

 

Last year, new milestones were set at the WTA Finals with record highs for attendance, TV viewing and online audiences. The event will be hosted in Singapore through 2018.

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “Each and every match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is like a Grand Slam final, as evidenced by the fact that the WTA Finals was the most-watched tournament of 2014.

 

“Once again, we look forward to bringing together the past, present and future for a celebration of the world’s best tennis players who have the power to inspire many generations to come.”

 

Singapore (2014-18) is the ninth city to host the WTA Finals, 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).

 

Road to Singapore leaderboard

(March 9, 2015)

1. Serena Williams

2. Maria Sharapova

3. Simona Halep

4. Kristina Pliskova

5. Ekaterina Makarova

6. Venus Williams

7. Caroline Wozniacki

8. Petra Kvitova.

Note: The leaderboard is updated each Monday and can be found at www.wtafinals.com

 

Source: WTA Finals (www.wtafinals.com); Editing by SportAsia

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