The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that International Tennis Hall of Famer and namesake of the WTA Finals doubles trophy, Martina Navratilova, will return as an Official Legend Ambassador for the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, presented by SC Global.
The WTA Finals features a record $7 million purse and includes an expanded format featuring eight days of competition. This year's 10 day sport entertainment spectacular takes place October 23-November 1and will be held in Singapore through 2018.
Once again, Navratilova will compete in the WTA Legends Classic in Singapore. Additionally, she will support and promote the "Road to Singapore", a season-long campaign which will follow the WTA stars and WTA Rising Stars on their quest to qualify and compete in the season finale.
Navratilova is one of the most decorated women in the history of tennis. She has been crowned champion of the WTA Finals a record 19 times, eight in singles and 11 in doubles. She captured 59 Grand Slam titles during her illustrious career and still owns the WTA records for singles titles (167), doubles titles (177) and career match wins (1,442).
"I'm absolutely delighted to return to Singapore for the WTA Finals," said Navratilova. "The fans are incredible and they have embraced the stars of the WTA – past, present and future. I was especially honored to unveil the Martina Navratilova doubles trophy at last year's event and can't wait to see who I'll be presenting it to this year."
"We are committed to delivering a premium sport entertainment spectacle that is accessible to the community and inspires youth through sport," said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. "From the incredible tennis played each and every match to the coaching seminars and clinics for youth, there truly is something for anyone at any age at this 10 day sport entertainment extravaganza."
Singapore became the ninth city to host the WTA Finals in 2014 joining Boca Raton (1972-73), Los Angeles (1974-76, 2002-05), Oakland (1978), New York City (1977, 1979-2000), Munich (2001), Madrid (2006-07), Doha (2008-10) and Istanbul (2011-13).
In 2015, fans and spectators of the WTA Finals can expect the WTA to amplify fan engagement efforts by building a deeper connection with the fan base, delivering richer, more compelling digital content and creating money can't buy experiences all in an effort to further its vision to become the most fan-friendly sport entertainment experience on earth.
In 2014, new milestones were set at the WTA Finals with record highs for attendance, TV viewing and online audiences as fans from around the world traveled to Singapore and tuned in to the exciting 10-day sport entertainment extravaganza showcasing the world's best female athletes. The event attracted 129, 000 spectators and 93,000 fans flocked to the Singapore Sports Hub to enjoy 10 days of on- and off-court sport and entertainment in the stadium, as well as in the fan festival which offered free access to the public.
On January 31 after the ladies Australian Open champion has been crowned, the WTA will reveal the Top 8 members of the Road to Singapore Leaderboard at www.wtatennis.com. The full leaderboard will be published on Monday, February 2.