SHENZHEN, China - Former champion Agnieszka Radwanska has been announced as the latest Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen Legend Ambassador.
Friday's announcement welcoming the former World No. 2 to the field comes exactly 30 days out from the first edition of the tour's annual season-ending event in China.
"The WTA Finals will always be super special to me because it is the biggest title of my career. Tennis is my passion and I am so happy to be able to give back to the sport through this role as a Legend Ambassador for the first-ever Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen," Radwanska said.
"I have always played well in China and my Chinese fans have been some of the most supportive throughout my career, so I am very excited to be going to Shenzhen to see everyone and be part of the WTA’s most competitive tournament of the season."
Making it all the way to the Wimbledon final against Serena Williams in 2012, Radwanska was the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era, and won her biggest career title at the WTA Finals in Singapore four years ago.
Aside from that Grand Slam result, she also advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open twice, the quarterfinals of the French Open on one occasion, and was a regular contender in the second week of the US Open.
With 20 WTA titles to her name, Radwanska announced her retirement at the close of the 2018 season after 13 years on tour.
In addition to capturing the WTA Finals at Singapore in 2015, Radwanska collected three noteworthy titles at the Premier Mandatory level – the China Open in Beijing in 2011 and 2016, and the Miami Open in 2012.
Her other titles in China came at the WTA International level, at Tianjin in 2015 and Shenzhen in 2016.
Lauded as one of the most creative players of her generation, Radwanska earned the nickname “Ninja” for her deft skills and imaginative style of play. She was also voted the WTA Fan Favorite for six consecutive years.
The WTA Legend Ambassador program is an integral initiative by the WTA and Gemdale Sports to bring fans greater opportunities to interact with some of the greatest names in women’s tennis during the eight-day tournament from Oct. 27 – Nov. 3, through community and fan engagement activities, tennis clinics and more.
Last week, former World No. 1 and Hall of Famer Martina Hingis was announced as the first Legends Ambassador.
"Aga has always been so popular among the fans in China and I am pleased that we are able to welcome her back to the WTA family in her capacity as a Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen Legend Ambassador," said Fabrice Chouquet, Managing Director of WTA Asia-Pacific and Co-Tournament Director of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen.
"As a previous champion at this event, I am sure the players and fans will be looking forward to seeing her again."
Eddy Liu, CEO of Gemdale Sports and Co-Tournament Director of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, added: "We would like to warmly welcome Aga to the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen in her new role and I am sure that the fans here will be excited to see her as part of the inaugural event.
"Aga was always known for her innovative strategy on the court so I believe she will identify with the city of Shenzhen and hope she will enjoy her time here."
Tickets to the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen are on sale now at ShiseidoWTAFinalsShenzhen.com, the online home for all updates related to the WTA Finals.