TRACY AUSTIN KICKS OFF FAN VOTING FOR 2015
ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and WTA Legend Tracy Austin kicked off fan voting for the 2015 WTA Rising Stars Invitational, which will take place as part of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The second annual WTA Rising Stars Invitational will introduce fans to the next generation of women’s tennis stars at WTA’s biggest event of the year.
For the second year, four WTA Rising Stars will compete in a round robin format in Singapore with two representatives from Asia-Pacific and two from the rest of the world. Each WTA Rising Star will go head-to-head, followed by a final match between the two with the best results. Finalists will compete on the same stage as the world’s top 8 women’s tennis stars as well as participate in clinics and community outreach programs throughout the WTA Finals.
Last year, fans from 110 different countries cast more than 690,000 votes to send their favorite WTA Rising Stars to the WTA Finals Singapore. Ultimately, Zarina Diyas, Monica Puig, Shelby Rogers and Zheng Saisai earned enough fan votes to send them to Singapore, with Puig claiming the inaugural title.
The four WTA Rising Star participants will be selected purely by fan vote, which can be achieved through WTAFinals.com or on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram simply by stating #WTARisingStars and player name. Voting is open from September 8 – October 2.
Tracy Austin, who owns the record for the youngest player to win a WTA singles title (14 years, 28 days old) and the youngest to win the US Open (16 years, 9 months), helped kick off the voting for this year’s WTA Rising Stars Invitational, offering insight on the potential field.
The WTA Rising Stars Invitational event will showcase these next generation of stars competing in an alternative scoring format. Players can also choose to have their coach courtside on the player bench for the entirety of the match and can utilize the newly launched SAP Tennis Analytics for coaches, whereby players and coaches can access real-time performance data during live match play on a WTA authorized tablet.
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). Last year, 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 attended to the Singapore Sports Hub to enjoy 10 days of on- and offcourt sport and entertainment in the stadium, as well as in the fan festival which offered free access to the public.
In 2015, fans and spectators of the WTA Finals can expect the WTA to amplify 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.
Tickets for the general public start at S$16.90 and can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix http://www.sportshub.com.sg/WTAFinals, the official ticketing partner of the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Log on to the WTA Finals website http://www.WTAFinals.com for more information and follow on Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) and Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG).