SINGAPORE - The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global isn't just a tennis event, it's a sports-entertainment experience for fans across the Asia-Pacific and around the world, and it all kicks off on Friday with the Fan Festival, the WTA Rising Stars Invitational and WTA Future Stars.
The Fan Festival, which begins Friday and runs through the end of the tournament, brings tennis-related activities to the OCBC Square from 11am to 8pm daily, and is free to the public. Among the many stars making appearances there will be Li Na, who will be there on Sunday, October 19 at 3:15pm to meet the fans. There will also be open practice sessions there. Read more here.
The WTA Rising Stars Invitational brings together the four WTA Rising Stars you voted for - Monica Puig, Shelby Rogers, Zarina Diyas and Zheng Saisai - and pits them against each other in a round robin format event, with the final taking place on Tuesday, October 21. Read more about that here.
And the WTA Future Stars event is the culmination of the Junior Road To Singapore, bringing together up-and-coming players from 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The competition will take place over the next few days and at the trophy ceremony on Monday, October 20, two-time Grand Slam champion and former World No.2 Li will meet them and pass the racquet to the next generation. Read more here.
The pre-tournament events don't stop there. The official singles draw ceremony will take place at the Shoppes Skate Rink at Marina Bay Sands at 5pm on Saturday, October 18, and is free of charge. The WTA Legends Event, which features Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Marion Bartoli and Iva Majoli, will kick off on Monday, October 20, and the opening ceremony is set for Monday night at 7pm, which will feature live music, a laser show and Li hitting the ceremonial first ball of the tournament.
The doubles draw ceremony will take place at the Shoppes Skate Rink at Marina Bay Sans at 11am on Tuesday, October 21, where fans will be able to be among the first in the world to catch a glimpse of the newly-named WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy. Navratilova will unveil it herself.
And all of this is just in addition to the world class tennis on offer at the WTA Finals - the eight best singles players and eight best doubles teams in the world battling it out on the courts of the Singapore Sports Hub, all trying to get their hands on a share of the $6.5 million prize money purse.