Tennis Festivals Begin In Guangzhou

The first of three Tennis Festivals in China was held in Guangzhou on the weekend, welcoming tennis fans of all ages. Sorana Cirstea was one of four WTA stars there - who were the others?

Published September 16, 2013 12:01

Tennis Festivals Begin In Guangzhou
First on the menu, though, was the official draw ceremony for the 10th edition of the Guangzhou Open.

GUANGZHOU, China - The first of three Tennis Festivals in China was held at Zhengjia Plaza in Guangzhou on the weekend - 10am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday - welcoming tennis fans of all ages.

This is the fifth year of the Tennis Festivals in China, which reach out to tennis enthusiasts across the country to experience the sport first hand. Fans can test their skills and precision with interactive games and mini-tennis matches and do speed, agility and reaction drills with official partners PEAK, Jetstar and USANA. Wilson, California Products, Oriflame and Yellow Earth also take part, showcasing their support of women's tennis with entertaining activities and prize draws for all of the fans.

Additionally, fans had a chance to meet some of the WTA's brightest stars this past weekend, all of whom were set to compete at the Guangzhou Open - including Sorana Cirstea and Laura Robson.

The best part? All free admission - seeing all the stars, playing all the games, having all the fun.

"As the WTA celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, the Tennis Festivals provide a platform to celebrate the past and look forward to the promising future of women's tennis in China," Peter Johnston, Managing Director-Asia Pacific of the WTA, declared. "By expanding our tournament footprint in more cities across China, and through grassroots events like the Tennis Festivals, the WTA is growing the popularity of the sport and inspiring the next generation of elite Chinese tennis stars."

The WTA's commitment to the sport's development in emerging markets is best demonstrated in the Asia-Pacific region, as the popularity of the sport has seen dramatic growth. With the addition of Shenzhen this year and Hong Kong and Wuhan in 2014, there will be a record 18 events in the region next year, five of which are in China. In addition, Asia's first Grand Slam champion, Li Na, returned to the Top 5 this month and both Guangzhou and Beijing celebrate 10-year anniversaries in 2013.

The second and third Tennis Festivals will take place later this month in Ningbo and Beijing.

Click here or on the image of Robson below to check out more photos from the first Tennis Festival!

Laura Robson

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