SINGAPORE – As the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global returns for its fifth and final edition from 21 – 28 October 2018, event organiser and promoter Lagardère Sports announced today that ticket sales will go live on WTAFinals.com on 10 May 2018.
The crown jewel event on the WTA calendar will see the Top 8 singles players and doubles teams in Singapore for the last time as they battle for the US$7 million prize purse, as well as the prestigious Billie Jean King Trophy and Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy, respectively.
WTA World No.1 Doubles Player Latisha Chan, who played in the past three editions of the tournament, visited Singapore to promote the tournament prior to the launch of ticket sales. Chan reached the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking at the end of the WTA Finals last year, after a strong season with then-doubles partner, Martina Hingis.
Speaking on her experience at the WTA Finals Singapore, Latisha said, “The opportunity to play in the past three editions of the WTA Finals, first with my sister and then with the legendary Martina Hingis last year, has been nothing but spectacular. Singapore feels like home - I have so many great memories and accomplished so much in my career here. It makes me really happy as an Asian player that Singapore was chosen to host such a prestigious tournament, and I am so proud that the event has grown to the next level during its time here in Asia!”
She added, “I am extremely excited for what is in store at the final edition of the WTA Finals this October. Singapore has been a truly amazing host for the event and I’m certain that the grand finale will be a memorable celebration for the fans and everyone involved.”
A legacy beyond the Finals
Since its first edition in 2014, the WTA Finals Singapore has brought in the greatest players and biggest names in women’s tennis, establishing itself as one of the key sporting spectacles globally. During this time, Singapore successfully elevated the tournament into a world-class sports, lifestyle and entertainment event, complemented by the award-winning Racquet Club hospitality experience.
The WTA Finals has also been a catalyst for the development of tennis, creating a significant tennis legacy for Asia. Initiatives such as the WTA Future Stars, Tennis Coaches Conference, volunteer and ball kids programmes, and local sponsor SC Global's Tennis for Every Child programme have positively engaged communities locally and across the region.
Event organiser and promoter Lagardère Sports will continue to drive efforts to give back to the local community through Advantage Singapore: The Final Serve, an initiative dedicated to community engagement that started in 2015. The final edition will see a dollar from every ticket sold and $10 from the sale of every Racquet Club pass go towards SportCares, a local organisation that helps youths from vulnerable backgrounds lead a healthier lifestyle, and live better through sports. In addition, there will be a charity silent auction of a series of autographed rackets, including one from the founder of the WTA, Billie Jean King, at the Racquet Club during the event.
Sarah Clements, Vice-President of Tennis, Asia, Lagardère Sports said, “We are very proud to have established the WTA Finals Singapore as one of the most prestigious sporting, lifestyle and entertainment events in the region. The event has contributed to a richer sporting culture in Singapore while strengthening her position as a live sports and entertainment capital of Asia and beyond.
“As we commence the final year of the WTA Finals journey in Singapore, we look forward to leaving an enduring legacy for the event as well as the community. Let’s have a smashing finale in Singapore this October!”
The launch of ticket sales will kick-off a series of promotions and activities leading up to an exciting October that will bring tennis fever to town. Fans can expect island-wide tennis activations during the signature 10- day festival, which includes fan and satellite villages, a pre-tournament concert and chances to get up-close and personal with various WTA Legends and players.
Melissa Pine, Vice-President WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals Singapore said, “Over the last four years here, Singapore has continued to create new records for the event. Last year, we welcomed 133,000 fans throughout the 10 days of tennis and entertainment, and coming into the final edition in 2018 this October, I am sure it will be an historic celebration of all that Singapore has achieved.”
She added, “WTA role models like Latisha Chan inspire the future generation of tennis players through her actions both on and off the court. Having the tournament here in Singapore helps to bring fans and aspiring players closer to the best athletes in the game. We hope to see Latisha back again this year and wish her the best for the rest of the season.”
Tickets for the 2018 WTA Finals start at just S$27. All tickets, including single sessions, packages and hospitality tickets are available for purchase via WTAFinals.com from 10 May.
OCBC Bank and StarHub customers will enjoy an exclusive Priority Sale from 10 May to 24 May with ticket and package discounts of up to 25%. Members of the public can purchase tickets from 24 May, SGT10am onwards.
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For hospitality and booking enquiries, email email@example.com or call +65 6826 2718.
www.WTAFinals.com is a one-stop centre for fans to get tickets, win opportunities to enhance your event experience and learn about all things tournament-related, from the rules of the game, to inside scoops, as well as the latest from leading players as they journey on the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard.
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