The WTA Finals Move to Singapore

  • Women's tennis superstars such as Venus Williams, who won the Dubai Open earlier this year, will compete on the Sports Hub's brand new courts.

    Women's tennis superstars such as Venus Williams, who won the Dubai Open earlier this year, will compete on the Sports Hub's brand new courts.

  • Singapore will host the tournament for the next five years.

    Singapore will host the tournament for the next five years.

Click image to view full size

Now that it’s finally open, the 35-hectare Singapore Sports Hub complex looks set to get plenty of use in the coming months, with everything from football games, indie-rock concerts, and darts championships on the agenda. Of particular note is the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global (Oct. 17–26), which has moved to Singapore for the next five years from its previous host city of Istanbul. The WTA’s season-ending event will see the biggest names in women’s tennis—Li Na, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, et al.—battle it out for a record prize purse of US$6.5 million. And the reward for spectators? A level of court craft never seen before in the city-state. —David Tse

This article originally appeared in the August/September 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Tennis, Anyone?”)

Share this Article