· Bartoli won eight singles titles, including 2013 Wimbledon, and rose to No.7 in the world rankings
ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will play in the inaugural WTA Legends Event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The 29-year-old French star joins Martina Navratilova and Tracy Austin in the four-player field, with the participation of another legend of women’s tennis to be announced shortly.
For the first time in the 44-year history of the WTA Finals a city in Asia-Pacific will host the prestigious year-end event, which will take place during October 17-26, 2014, and through 2018. A Legends match is scheduled for Session 1 (Monday, October 20), Session 4 (Wednesday, October 22) and Session 6 (Thursday, October 24), admission covered by the ticket price for the respective session. Over the course of the three sessions each Legend will play three best-of-three-set doubles matches in round robin, rotating partners, with the player who accumulates the most points to be crowned Legends Champion.
“During my playing career I had the honor of competing in the WTA Finals at Madrid and Istanbul, so I can’t wait to see what Singapore has in store to take our season finale to new heights,” said Bartoli. “It’s so exciting that a Legends contest has been added to what promises to be an amazing 10-day sports festival. It will be a chance to relive memories and also make new ones, and I’m sure I speak for the other legends when I say we’ll all be in it to win it!”
Photo Caption: Former Wimbledon champion and WTA Top 10 star Marion Bartoli poses with the Road to Singapore Sign to mark the announcement of her participation in the inaugural Legends Event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, which will take place from October 17-26, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)
In addition to capturing 2013 Wimbledon with victory over Sabine Lisicki in the final, Bartoli reached the title match at the All England Club in 2007, defeating World No.1 Justine Henin in the semis before finishing runner-up to Venus Williams. Overall she reached 19 WTA finals, her eight singles titles including Premier-level wins at the Bank of the West Classic (Stanford) in 2009 and the AEGON International (Eastbourne) in 2011. A semifinalist at her home Grand Slam of Roland Garros in 2011, Bartoli reached at least the quarterfinals at all four majors. She ranked inside the Top 20 every week for the last six years of her career, spending 111 non-consecutive weeks in the Top 10, peaking at No.7.
Joining Bartoli, Austin and Navratilova in Singapore will be fellow greats Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, who have been announced as Official Ambassadors for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Under the all-encompassing brand identity ‘On Top Of The World’, Singapore will become the ninth different city to host the WTA Finals following Boca Raton (1972-1973), Los Angeles (1974-1976, 2002-2005), Oakland (1978), New York City (1977, 1979-2000), Munich (2001), Madrid (2006-2007), Doha (2008-2010) and Istanbul (2011-2013). As well as the new WTA Legends Event, in other firsts for Singapore the WTA’s Rising Stars and Future Stars from across Southeast Asia will also be given a stage to showcase their talents.
Fans can enjoy unparalleled access to their favorite players' season-long journey on the ‘Road to Singapore’ via the WTA Finals website www.WTAFinals.com, Twitter (@WTAFinalsSG) and Facebook (facebook.com/WTAFinalsSG).
Tickets for the general public can be purchased through Sports Hub Tix, the official ticketing partner of the 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. For more information log on to www.sportshub.com.sg/WTAFinals, visit the Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office, call +65 6333 5000 or +65 3158 7888, or stop by a local SingPost outlet. Ticket prices start from SGD16.90 exclusive of booking fee. A limited number of Ground Passes will be available for purchase the week of the event from October 20 to 26, 2014, granting visitors access to the Fan Festival, Fan Zone and Player Practice sessions.