Changes Abound On 2014 Calendar
Published November 13, 2013 12:00
The 2014 WTA calendar will feature a host of changes from 2013, highlighted by several new events.
The Asian swing will see a new International event in Hong Kong in September and a new Premier event in Wuhan later in the month. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region will host 16 events in 2014, five of which will be in China, as the WTA's Asia-Pacific growth strategy continues to come to fruition.
Of course none of those tournaments will be bigger than the WTA Championships, which is relocating to Singapore - the ninth city to host the season finale. It will be held at the state-of-the-art Singapore Sports Hub from 2014 through 2018 and will be transformed into an international entertainment spectacle with several new events.
"Singapore is exciting," WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster said. "It's state-of-the-art and we love the people. I am very much looking forward to the Championships in Singapore in 2014."
Site of the WTA Championships from 2011 to 2013, Istanbul will host an International event once again with the return of the Istanbul Cup, which will be held at the brand new Koza World of Sport Complex.
Another new tournament in 2014 will be the Rio Open, which is replacing Memphis on the calendar. With Bogotá and Florianopolis on the schedule again, there will be three International events in South America for the first time in WTA history.
Some other changes will see Birmingham go from International to Premier status and Brussels from Premier to International. Also, Bogotá and Kuala Lumpur are moving from February to April, Carlsbad and Palermo will no longer be held, and Acapulco and Katowice are switching from clay to hardcourts. That leaves Stuttgart as the WTA's lone indoor clay court event.