The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that 29-time WTA singles and 69-time doubles champion Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario will return as an ambassador to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global 2016.
Speaking at a press conference held at Roland Garros earlier today, the Spaniard commented on her new role saying, "I had a great experience at the WTA Finals in Singapore last year – spectator support was fantastic and the atmosphere was electric. I am honored to return as it gives me the opportunity to interact with the local fans and friends old and new, while doing my bit to give back to the sport I love."
Sánchez-Vicario qualified for the WTA Finals 13 during her successful career, winning the doubles title twice with Helena Sukova in 1992 and with Jana Novotna in 1995, while finishing as singles runner-up to Steffi Graf in 1993.
In her role as ambassador, the 14-time Grand Slam champion and International Tennis Hall of Fame member joins fellow legend, 59-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova to promote the “Road to Singapore”, a season-long journey which follows players on their quest to make the cut for WTA’s crown jewel event in Singapore.
During the festival, the two legends will be participating in a mix of community and fan engagement activities including tennis clinics as well as appearances at the WTA Finals Fan Zone and the Racquet Club.
Melissa Pine, Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals said, “Over the years Arantxa has been an icon of women’s tennis and a great ambassador of the sport. It is an absolute honor to have her back this year. Her passion and love for the game have been key reasons for her success, and we’re really excited for her to bring that same passion to tennis fans at the WTA Finals in Singapore come October.”
The ambassadorship comes as part of an effort by the WTA and Lagardère Sports to enhance fan engagement by bringing them closer to the action during the 10-day festival of sports, lifestyle, business and entertainment from October 21-30, 2016.
Sarah Clements, Vice-President of Tennis – Asia at Lagardère Sports, said, “The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global is a key milestone event in the sporting calendar. Besides the uniqueness of the competition, where fans get to see the best eight singles and doubles pairs in the world, the festival of tennis will also captivate fans’ attention with innovative offerings that give them up front access to the world’s best, both on and off centre court.”
Passes to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global are currently on sale at the revamped WTAFinals.com website which has been created to provide an immersive one-stop destination for all things tournament-related, bringing fans the latest news from the top players as they journey on their road to Singapore.
The current Road to Singapore Leaderboard as of Monday, May 30, stands at: