ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA - Honoring the powerful imprint female sporting legends and rising stars have made on the world, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is launching Tennis on the Thames on the eve of The Championships at Wimbledon – a first-of-its-kind public celebration of women who are shaping the world through their pioneering spirit and achievements both on and off the court.
Some of the biggest names in women’s tennis will gather on the South Bank of the River Thames on Thursday, 28 June at London’s iconic Oxo Tower and Bernie Spain Gardens. The one-day, free to the public, outdoor festival will celebrate the powerful stories of female icons with an interactive #WomenThatAchieve photography exhibition, spotlighting the journey of each woman’s unique success and giving guests the rare opportunity to meet their heroes while immersing themselves in the sport.
Locals and visitors are invited to join the celebration for an unforgettable tennis experience, from playing tennis on a mini pop-up court with Judy Murray, OBE and meeting WTA legend and former WTA World No.1 Monica Seles, to kicking back on the lawn with Häagen-Dazs Cookies & Cream ice-cream, while watching live action from the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne live on a giant screen. In true summer style, fans will be able to soak up the sun as they explore the exclusive WTA photo exhibit, see the WTA Year-End World No. 1 Trophies presented by Dubai Duty Free, learn more about their favorite players on SAP’s Match Center, get energized with a USANA group fitness session, win cool prizes and meet some of their favorite players with photos and autograph signings. Recently announced fan activities will include:
11:30 am - Energize with the USANA Game, Set, Match Workout with Samantha Stosur
The USANA Game Set Match workout will feature the “Trooper” class lead by London’s own UN1T Studios. This circuit workout will push you to reach your personal best. #LiveUSANA
12:30 pm - Meet Monica Seles
Come by on your lunch hour for a chance to meet the WTA legend and former WTA World No.1 Monica Seles
1:00 pm - Come play tennis with Judy Murray, OBE
Grab a racquet and tennis ball and join Judy Murray on the Tennis on the Thames pop-up court
Additional player appearances during the day by Victoria Azarenka, CoCo Vandeweghe, Katie Boulter and Katie Swan
3:30 pm - Cool Down with Häagen-Dazs ice-cream and Sloane Stephens
Join the Häagen-Dazs Champion VS Challenger battle with Sloane Stephens and win free ice cream as #TeamStrawberries battles #TeamCookies #LetsPlay
5:30 pm - Claim your selfie spot on the Purple Carpet
Snap a selfie or get an autograph with WTA players such as Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Madison Keys as they arrive to the Tennis on the Thames evening cocktail event
WTA President Micky Lawler shared her enthusiasm for the event stating, “For the past 45 years the WTA has been at the forefront of change in women’s sport. From Billie Jean King fighting for gender equality to Serena Williams ushering in a new era of power and athleticism, the WTA has left an undeniable impression. The Tennis on the Thames event is a celebration of the WTA, our players and their personal accomplishments that have sparked positive change both on and off the court.”
Fans interested in attending can RSVP by visiting the WTA’s Facebook page and stay up-to-date on the latest event announcements. Tennis enthusiasts from across the globe are encouraged to join the global conversation by following and tagging @WTA using hashtag #WomenThatAchieve and share a story about a woman who inspires them to achieve more.
Proud partners of WTA Tennis on the Thames include Dubai Duty Free, Evian, Häagen-Dazs, Jacob’s Creek, SAP, Stella Artois and USANA, the Cellular Nutrition Company.