At the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2015 press conference held earlier this week at the Art Science Museum Marina Bay Sands, event promoter World Sport Group (WSG) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced what is set to be a seat-grabbing lineup of main and complementing events come 23 Oct – 1 November 2015 when the WTA Finals is in town. Simona Halep, ranked 3rd in the world at the moment, was in Singapore to talk about competitive life on “the Road to Singapore”.
With the biggest names in women’s tennis in Singapore for an expanded eight days of competition, fans will be spoilt for choice this year. WSG and WTA have committed to engaging the fans through a special ‘Advantage Singapore’ programme, together with several corporate social responsibility initiatives being rolled out through the SportCares
Foundation, the sports philanthropy arm of Sports Singapore. For example, training has already started for kids, including some from SportCares, through the Singapore Tennis Association’s Ball Kids Programme for the WTA Finals. It is a prestigious opportunity to be on the same court as these tennis superstars, a dream come true.
Alia and Hayati, from the SportCares Love Singapore girls tennis programme, had their WTA jerseys autographed by Simona Halep. Photo: SportCares
For two little starstruck girls from the SportCares Love Singapore girls tennis programme, the WTA Finals is making their dreams a reality, too. “It was my dream to meet Simona Halep again,” said Alia, 9 years old. The first time Alia and her best friend Hayati, 10 years old, met Simona was at the SportCares clinic at the WTA Finals 2014. It was almost too good to be true, as both girls were specially invited to meet Simona and ask her some ‘awww-worthy’ questions: “So, we are small, and you are also small, so what can do to improve and play better tennis?” Alia asked. It got a roar of laughter and lots of fuzzy smiles from everyone in the packed conference room, including Simona.
Simona Halep with Alia and Hayati. Photo: World Sport Group
They were not done. Hayati went on to ask Simona, “Do you think we can be like you one day?” The now-blushing emotional tennis star answered, “I am pretty sure that one day you will be like me. I wish you good luck and just believe in your dream.” The girls presented Simona a small token of appreciation from SportCares for her time at the SportCares clinic at WTA Finals 2014, and they also got their photos taken with her. The little chill padis left with their very own ‘championship trophies’ too – special Halep-autographed WTA jerseys – that they promptly wore as a sign of proud fan allegiance.
Alia and Hayati interviewing Simona. Photo:World Sport Group
‘Advantage Singapore’ will be going into the heartlands to garner more interest among fans for the sport. Keep an eye out. You might just catch one of the stars at your neighbourhood jaunt sipping a Teh Tarik.
This October, the best tennis players in the world will serve up the most exciting action at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Following the success of the inaugural WTA Finals in 2014, don’t miss any of the action on court and off court.
To buy tickets to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2015, you can do so via the following platforms:
2. Box office at the Singapore Indoor Stadium
3. Call +65 3158 7888
4. Visit any SingPost Outlets