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Tennis: Navratilova joins Legends event at WTA Finals in Singapore

Martina Navratilova, who spent 332 weeks as World No. 1 from 1979 to 1987, will compete in the WTA Legends event at October’s WTA Finals in Singapore. Photo: AFP.

Martina Navratilova, who spent 332 weeks as World No. 1 from 1979 to 1987, will compete in the WTA Legends event at October’s WTA Finals in Singapore. Photo: AFP.

June 2, 2014: Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, is the first player confirmed to compete in the inaugural WTA Legends event featured as part of this year’s BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, which will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26.

 

An eight-time singles champion and 11-time doubles champion at the season-ending event, 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 programmes aimed at inspiring young girls to play sport; share her tennis knowledge with coaches from the region; and participate in fan promotions and corporate partner programmes.

 

Navratilova accumulated 59 Grand Slam titles – 18 singles, 31 women’s doubles and 10 mixed doubles – throughout her illustrious career. Billie Jean King referred to Navratilova as the “greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived,” after the latter announced her retirement from tennis in 2006.

 

“Playing at the WTA’s season finale provided some of the most memorable moments of my career, so I am honoured to be in a position to support the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore in an official capacity,” Navratilova said. “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.”

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “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 recognise Martina’s contributions and inspire generations to come.

 

“We are thrilled for our fans that she will be playing in the WTA Legends event and her passion and unrivalled 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 beyond.”

 

Navratilova owns the WTA record for singles titles (167), doubles titles (177) and career match wins (1,442), and was 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 joins Chris Evert to support the WTA’s first season finale in Singapore. The two forged 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. Singapore is the first city in Asia-Pacific to stage the prestigious season-ending event.

 

For tickets, visit: www.sportshub.com.sg/WTAFinals

 

For more information, visit: www.WTAFinals.com, www.facebook.com/WTAChampionshipsSG, @WTAFSingapore

 

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

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