ISTANBUL, Turkey - The WTA announced Monday that tickets to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2013 are available for purchase online or at Biletix ticket counters in Turkey, with a special 15% discount for fans purchasing tickets with TEB credit cards.
For the third consecutive year, the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul will host the prestigious year-end event from October 22 to 27. The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world's best women's tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women's tennis.
"Our great partners, the Turkish Tennis Federation, TEB, BNP Paribas and the Ministry of Youth & Sport, have already hosted two incredible editions of the Championships, and the 2013 season-ending finale promises to be just as thrilling," said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. "The 2012 Championships set milestones for attendance, broadcast coverage and digital fan engagement, while on court the fans were treated to intense competition featuring the world's best female athletes. The Turkish people have whole-heartedly embraced this event, and I'm proud that part of the Championships' legacy has been to raise the popularity of tennis in Turkey to unprecedented heights."
"Since the first day we started our duty, the Turkish Tennis Federation, with all our administrative staff, have been devoted to spreading tennis throughout our country," TTF President Osman Tural stated. "The last two Championships in Istanbul were among the most successful in WTA history, and greatly contributed to the awareness of tennis in Turkey. I would like to thank the Turkish public and our Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Suat K?l?ç, who made us proud by giving us the opportunity to support Turkish tennis and Turkish sports vision. In addition, I would like to thank once again TEB General Manager Mr. Varol Civil, not just for this tournament, but for the constant sponsorship support to develop Turkish tennis. Our success in these organizations strengthens our candidacy for the 2020 Olympic Games and helps make significant progress in developing Olympic athletes."
"For the last two years, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships has drawn great interest around the world, hosting the world's best women tennis players," said TEB CEO Varol Civil. "In the third year, I am confident that it is going to make a big contribution to the development of tennis in Turkey, and going to offer a thrilling experience for the tennis fans all over the world. Last year, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships were broadcast live in 167 countries and we are proud to support this great event which generates record audiences. We think that the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships being held in Turkey will help tennis become one of the favorite sports of the Turkish nation. Supporting the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships with the motto of 'We love tennis', we believe that this organization will not only add positive values to our country and Istanbul, but offer a great opportunity to attract our young population's attention to tennis. With our 'Investment for Turkey's future' approach, we'll keep investing in tennis with the cooperation of the Turkish Tennis Federation."
Competition for the coveted singles and doubles berths at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2013 promises to be as fierce as ever, with Maria Sharapova leading the singles race, followed by Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams. Doubles Co-World No.1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci lead the doubles race to the event, with Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in second place.
Following two record-breaking editions, Istanbul will host the WTA Championships for the third and final year in 2013. In 2012, the event attracted more than 73,000 fans during six days of competition, the highest attendance at the year-end event since 2000. The tournament's broadcast coverage reached 167 countries, and the overall hours produced increased 25 percent, including live matches, match replays, and highlights. Nearly 42 million fans followed the on-court and behind-the-scenes action via WTA social media and digital platforms, leading to a record-setting week for wtatennis.com.