If you are a fan of tennis, you surely know about the recent updates of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Singaporeans are elated to hear the news that the WTA championships will happen here on October 17 to 26, 2014. Billie Jean King will be the official ambassador of WTA. Since WTA’s establishment in 1972, Singapore will be the 9th city to host it.
What is WTA? WTA is the organizing body of professional tennis for women. If you want to know more about WTA, you should read further. Here are some things that might help you understand the nature and operations of WTA:
- Background: The competition between professionals and amateurs started in 1968. This is called the Open Era. The first tournament was held in Bournemouth. However, the inequality of men and women in the field of tennis paved way to the creation of women’s association. It is first called Virginia Slims Circuit which then called the WTA. Billie Jean King founded the association. As the years grow, WTA expanded.
- Management: The first executive director was Jerry Diamond from 1928 to 1996. He was instrumental in bringing business deals from Toyota and Avon. Another phenomenal person in the history of WTA is Larry Scott. He became Chairman and CEO of the association from 2003 to 2009. He brought the largest sponsorship from Sony Ericsson. He resigned and eventually replaced by Stacey Allaster. Allaster is the new and present Chairman and CEO of the association.
- Tournament categories: A new tournament structure was presented in 2009. The structure includes Grand Slam tournaments, WTA tour championships, International tournaments and WTA 125K series. The prizes depend. The range is from hundred thousand dollars up.
- Players’ council: The Players’ council is a committee under the WTA. It is comprised of eight players that are selected to advocate interest and handles tennis schedules, grievances and other concerns. For 2013, the Player’s council includes Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur, Francesca Schivone, Serena Williams, Andrea Hlavackova, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Akgul Amanmuradova and Lucie Safarova.
Now you know the basics of WTA. The next thing that you should do is block your calendars on October 17 to 26, 2014 so you can catch the matches personally. If in this case you do not know how to play the game, you should first learn it before indulging in WTA. It is not impossible to join WTA. You only need to practice. There are many tennis courts here so take advantage of it.