The BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global
is back once again this year, and while tennis fans are excited for the matches, there is lots more planned for the fans at the annual Fan Village.
A participant trying out one of the game booths at the Fan Village. Photo: SportSG
Located at the OCBC Square in the Singapore Sports Hub, the Fan Village has been set up to engage those interested in tennis, especially families who are looking for a more enriching experience, via a series of tennis-themed games and activities.
A participant posing for the Spinify Cam at the Fan Village. Photo: SportSG
Suitable for all ages, including the young ones, the booths at the Fan Village are designed to expose visitors to tennis in a fun and engaging way. Photo opportunities are also abundant for those keen on capturing their most dynamic moves on the tennis court.
There is even a Spinify Cam that helps you capture an action-packed ‘selfie’ in the form of a 360-degree video!
Richard, 45, with his wife and children at the Fan Village. Photo: SportSG
For Richard and his family, who came to Singapore from their home in Jakarta to watch the WTA Finals, the Fan Village is an impressive set-up.
“My son is a very passionate tennis player, that’s why we decided to come here,” said the 45-year-old.
Talking to ActiveSG while his children were playing a game at the 100Plus game booth, he said: “For a sport that is taken seriously by grown-ups, these games are really interactive and fun for the children.”
Bhomali Bagga, 36, along with her son, Ayaan Bagga, 6, and three-month-old daughter. Photo: SportSG
The game booths were particularly popular amongst children, such as six-year-old Ayaan Bagga, whose family had made a stop at the Fan Village while on their evening walk around the neighbourhood.
“You can’t do this at home, so this is something (the children) can try when they are here,” said Bhomali Bagga, Ayaan’s mother, who found the Fan Village activities a great fit for her energetic children.
Avid tennis fan Udai Singh, 44, with his wife and six-year-old twins. Photo: SportSG
The fanfare didn’t just attract curious children, but enthusiastic adults as well. As avid fans of tennis, Udai Singh and his wife were happy that the organisers of WTA Finals made the event a family-friendly affair.
“I think when you make it family-friendly, for the kids, it’s only natural that they help attract more families,” said 44-year-old Singh.
“With all the fancy technology, I think young kids love that kind of stuff, (especially) the virtual reality. (My son) was intrigued!”
A participant trying out a virtual reality tennis game. Photo: SportSG
Those who love technology will definitely enjoy the Fan Village, as virtual reality plays a role at several of the booths.
Other than playing virtual tennis and other tennis-themed games, visitors can even enjoy a live on-court experience via the virtual reality headset, which brings you right into the WTA Finals arena, within the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Rachel Liew, 14, excitedly recounts her previous WTA Finals experiences as a spectator. Photo: SportSG
Rachel Liew, 14, got to experience playing a virtual tennis match for the first time using the virtual reality headset.
“It’s very fun, because it’s new technology,” she said. “You’re watching the top players play, and you also get to play it in virtual reality, so it makes it even more exciting.”
The Fan Village welcomes all visitors from 11am to 8pm every day till 30th October. See you there!