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Tennis: Navratilova continues as WTA Finals Singapore ambassador

Martina Navratilova will continue her involvement with the WTA Finals Singapore. Photo: Getty Images.

Martina Navratilova will continue her involvement with the WTA Finals Singapore. Photo: Getty Images.

January 29, 2015: Martina Navratilova will return as an Official Legend Ambassador for the second edition of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced.

 

Navratilova was present at the event’s first edition in Singapore last October, when she competed in the WTA Legends Classic event and also unveiled the new-look WTA Finals doubles trophy bearing her name.

 

The 58-year-old will again compete in the WTA Legends Classic and promote the ‘Road to Singapore’, a season-long campaign following the WTA stars and WTA Rising Stars on their quest to qualify and compete in the US$7 million showdown in Singapore, the ninth city to host the historic tournament.

 

Navratilova is hugely popular in Singapore after a career that yielded 59 Grand Slam titles, while she still owns the WTA records for singles titles (167), doubles titles (177) and career match wins (1,442).

 

“I’m absolutely delighted to return to Singapore for the WTA Finals. The fans are incredible and they have embraced the stars of the WTA – past, present and future,” said Navratilova, who won 19 WTA Finals titles, eight in singles and 11 in doubles. “I was especially honored to unveil the Martina Navratilova doubles trophy at last year’s event and can’t wait to see who I’ll be presenting it to this year.”

 

The tournament, will be held in Singapore from 2014 to 2018, features an expanded eight days of competition this year as part of its 10-day schedule from October 23-November 1.

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “We are committed to delivering a premium sport entertainment spectacle that is accessible to the community and inspires youth through sport. From the incredible tennis played each and every match to the coaching seminars and clinics for youth, there truly is something for anyone at any age at this 10-day sport entertainment extravaganza.”

 

The 2014 event attracted 129,000 spectators, while 93,000 fans flocked to the Singapore Sports Hub to enjoy 10 days of sport and entertainment including the fan festival, which offered free access to the public.

 

Singapore 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).

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

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