Singapore to host WTA Finals for last time in 2018

Lawrence Kim
January 18, 2018

"The record setting $14 million purse set for Shenzhen reflects the global strength of our sport and how Shenzhen and China have embraced women's tennis".

The season-ending WTA Finals will be held in Shenzhen, China for a decade starting next year.

Meanwhile, a record prize money of 14 million Dollars for the top eight singles players and top 8 doubles teams, double the previous prize, was also announced.

The sport's governing body, the WTA, announced Thursday that the Chinese city of Shenzhen has been picked to host the event from 2019 through to 2028.

Mr Simon declined to divulge the amount of the WTA's rights fee but said it was a major increase on the existing five-year deal with Singapore, which reportedly paid more than US$14 million per year.

As well as Manchester, Shenzhen fought off competition from Prague, St Petersburg and current host Singapore.

"Shenzhen is an exciting, fast-evolving metropolis of 68 million people", said WTA President Micky Lawler.

The move also means Shenzhen will now host two WTA events.

Mr Simon said he and the WTA board of directors were committed to anchoring the Finals in one venue for an extended run.

Key players welcomed the move, and the big boost in money they will earn.

World number one Simona Halep said she had chosen to start her season in Shenzhen for several years "and I am thrilled that the city has been selected to stage the WTA Finals".

Maria Sharapova said the championship was heading to a place "that's willing to grow the sport".

However, in 2016, Women's Tennis Association (WTA) chief executive Steve Simon had revealed that he was keen to find a fixed venue for the tournament and said then that Singapore would be a place the WTA "would be very proud to call home".

Shenzhen will be the 10th different city - and the second in Asia - to host the WTA Finals.

The WTA Finals - which began in 1972 - was held in the United States until 2000 and has also taken place in Munich, Madrid, Doha and Istanbul.

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