BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global Ambassador Martina Navratilova recently visited Singapore and Jakarta. While there, she was interviewed by Channel NewsAsia's First Look Asia about a variety of subjects. Here are some highlights:
On the Singapore Sports Hub:
"I saw the Sports Hub. It's fantastic. This is such a perfect symbiosis for tennis in Asia and tennis worldwide. It's a great facility. I want to be a kid and play tennis here. Everything is right there. The players will have a ball."
On how having the season finale in Singapore could affect Asian tennis:
"When I started, almost all the big events were in America. Now tennis is so much more global. It's really exciting. With Li Na leading the way for Asian tennis, the interest in the sport is huge. We're planting the seeds. Who knows what kid will watch the matches here and will say, 'I want to be a tennis player'? That's what happened with me when I was 9 years old and watched Rod Laver play in Prague. We may be talking 10 years down the road about a champion from Singapore because they came to watch the tennis here."
On the Singapore Legends event:
"I'm playing the Legends event here and I'm trying to talk Chris Evert into playing. She'll be here also as an ambassador for the tournament. I'd prefer to play doubles with her, as we've played against each other enough!"
On her secret to longevity in tennis:
"I love the sport. I love to compete. You have to have the ability to adapt and change, for instance adjusting to the new racquets and strings. My game has evolved and adapted. You have to eat well, which I've been doing very well in Singapore. I've had a great time sampling the local cuisine. I can't wait to be here for a week!"
Check out a photo gallery of Navratilova's visit.