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WTA FUTURE STARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES

Junior tournaments throughout the Asia-Pacific region will help promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness and empowerment of women.

The WTA has announced the launch of "WTA Future Stars" junior tournaments, featuring competition for young girls across Asia-Pacific with a vision to promote high-level athlete development, health, fitness and empowerment of women through the sport of tennis.

Each regional WTA Future Stars event will include competition at two levels - 14 and under and 16 and under - with tournaments set to take place in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and other regions across Asia-Pacific.

Top regional qualifiers will compete at the Kallang Tennis Centre on October 17-19, in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the finals being played on Center Court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 20. Players will gain a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with some of this year's WTA Finals' stars and Legends, as well as get an all-access look into one of the most highly anticipated sporting event in Asia-Pacific.

In addition to their on-court experience, each WTA Future Stars player will participate in a community project in their local market. Winners qualifying to play in Singapore will participate in a community service activity during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

"The introduction of the WTA Future Stars junior tournament series is aimed to encourage young girls throughout the Asia-Pacific region to become active through tennis," said WTA Finals Tournament Director Melissa Pine. "For more than four decades, WTA players have served as role models and inspiration for the future generation of young girls worldwide. We look forward to introducing the future stars to the stars of today and tomorrow at the WTA Finals in Singapore."

WTA Future Stars is produced by Sport Singapore and will showcase the top junior female talents in Asia-Pacific with an emphasis on Southeast Asia. For more information on WTA Future Stars, please contact futurestars@wtatennis.com.

Staged at the state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub from October 17-26, 2014, the WTA Finals will be a 10-day sports entertainment experience of competition, exhibitions and activities for the fans of women’s tennis in Singapore and around the world. Singapore is the ninth different city to stage the WTA Finals and this is the first time an Asia-Pacific city has played host.

 

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