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The global body in charge of professional women's tennis says this is part of its commitment to develop the sport and the WTA Championships which Singapore will host from 2014 till 2018.
SINGAPORE: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) will set up an office at the Singapore Sports Hub once it opens in April next year.
The global body in charge of professional women's tennis said this is part of its commitment to develop the sport and the WTA Championships which Singapore will host from 2014 till 2018.
Singapore won the rights to host the season-ending in May.
The event, which is held in October, is the next most prestigious event after the four Grand Slams.
WTA's CEO Stacey Allaster said the Singapore office will facilitate plans to get more countries in the region involved in the competition.
It will also help to develop the sport in Singapore at the grassroots level through internships and coaching programmes.
She also announced that the WTA is increasing the slots in the doubles competition from four to eight. The singles competition already features the top-eight singles players in the world.
Ms Allaster said there are plans to ride on the Singapore Grand Prix F1 race to create more buzz.
The two events are separated by just one month.
"Certainly it would be fun to have a tennis player in a Formula One car and who knows what the promotion will be. I just think we are in Asia that time, the circuit is in Asia, it is before our Wuhan event, so there is a scheduling opportunity," she said.