The fifth and last edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global will be held from 21 to 28 October at the Singapore Sports Hub. Besides the tennis itself, there’s loads of fun things to do, from enjoying games at the fan villages to singing along to top musicians including Jason Mraz. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
#1 Catch top players on the court
The world’s eight top singles players and doubles teams in women’s tennis will be in action in the tournament, competing for US$7 million prize money and the prestigious Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova Doubles Trophy.
Confirmed in the line-up already are current WTA world number one Simona Halep, who has secured the first qualification in the Singles tournament – her fifth consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals. This will also be the fifth appearance for Angelique Kerber – she reached the tournament final back in 2016. As for the Doubles tournament, pairs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova and Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos have qualified.
#2 Meet tennis stars
In a more intimate setting, catch your favourite WTA Finals players as they warm up and get ready for their matches at the practice sessions – you might even score an autograph or two! These sessions will be held at the Practice Courts at the OCBC Arena on 20, 21 and 27 October. Also, don’t miss the draw ceremonies where matchups are determined. The Official Doubles Draw Ceremony will be on 23 October.
#3 Get expert advice
What better way to get advice on your game by attending workshops and talks by some of the top sports specialists and coaches around the world? Learn techniques and get exclusive insights at the Tennis Coaches Conference at Conrad Centennial Hotel on 22 October (8.30am to 6pm), with this year’s speakers including Judy Murray (former Scottish international tennis player and mother of three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray), Kathleen Stroia (Senior Vice President of Sport Sciences and Medicine and Transitions) and Adjunct Assistant Professor James Tan Chung Hui (Head of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Centre at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital). Entry to this one-day conference costs $150 and includes the full-day conference programme, a Certificate of Attendance, lunch and refreshments.
#4 Watch budding tennis players in action
Up-and-coming young players from around the region will be playing at the WTA Future Stars Finals, giving them the opportunity to experience life on tour, meet top tennis stars and compete with other young players in Asia. Round robin matches begin from 16 to 18 October (Kallang Tennis Centre), followed by semi-finals (OCBC Arena) on 20 October and culminating with the final (Centre Court, Singapore Indoor Stadium) on 21 October. Admission for spectators is free.
#5 Enjoy all things tennis at fan villages
Tennis fans are in for a good time this year, as there’ll be two fan villages to explore: WTA Finals Fan Village (20 to 28 October) at the OCBC Square, and Courtside by the Bay (19 to 28 October) at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza. With tennis-themed activities, game booths and lucky draws, the WTA Finals Fan Village will also include the chance to meet tournament players and tennis legends at autograph sessions and appearances. At Courtside by the Bay, besides games and photo ops, you can dig into delicious eats while enjoying live music and live screenings of the WTA Finals.
#6 Sing along with your favourite singers
A major highlight during the WTA Finals festivities are the one-night only concerts. They have seen some of the biggest names and rising stars in the entertainment industry including pop diva Mariah Carey in 2014 and 90s boy band Backstreet Boys last year. This year, Hong Kong artist Wakin Chau (with local talents Joanna Dong and duo Shili & Adi) and popular American singer Jason Mraz will be taking the stage on 20 October and 27 October respectively. Both concerts will be held at the National Stadium. Snag tennis and concert tickets and bundles on the WTA Finals website.
#7 Enjoy the VIP experience
The Racquet Club is the perfect spot to entertain guests and enjoy the match in style. Enjoy delectable buffet spreads and free-flow drinks throughout the week – even get to rub shoulders with WTA Finals legends and players who drop in regularly. Racquet Club ticket-holders also have access to the Aces Lounge and enjoy premium baseline seats.
Written in collaboration with:
BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global
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