Billie Jean King unveiling the symbolic art piece ‘Dream’ at the Singapore Sports Hub. Photo: Sport Singapore
To celebrate the legacy of the WTA Finals in Singapore, the WTA, Sport Singapore and the Singapore Sports Hub commissioned a monument entitled ‘Dream’ created by internationally-acclaimed Singapore artist, Baet Yeok Kuan.
Featuring a young girl holding a tennis racquet as she leaps in pursuit of her passion, the sculpture seeks to inspire the next generation to dream big and fulfil their ambitions.
“Over the years, the month of October has become synonymous with tennis through the parallel Singapore Tennis Festival that was staged alongside the Finals’ fringe events. The legacy from the WTA Finals will be felt through the development of new infrastructure, events and programmes to inspire more people to play tennis recreationally and competitively,” said Lim Teck Yin, CEO of Sport Singapore.
Speaking about her experience in Singapore, Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA said: “My dream has always been to encourage every person to believe in and fulfil their dreams. Dreams come true if you believe in yourself and are willing to put in the effort.”
Baet Yeok Kuan (left), artist of ‘Dream’ posing for a picture with Billie Jean King. Photo: Sport Singapore
King added: ”He (Baet) thought about the children first which I think is beautiful and it means a lot to me personally.”
The WTA Finals legacy in Singapore has helped build a sustainable platform in the growth of tennis not just in Singapore, but throughout the Asia-Pacific and will continue to inspire the upcoming generations.
Symbolic art piece ‘Dream’ is located at the north entrance of the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
‘Dream’ celebrates the development of tennis programmes in Singapore such as the ActiveSG Tennis Academy, as well as the island-wide Singapore Tennis Festival by Sport Singapore which is held during the month of October in conjunction with the WTA Finals.
The symbolic art piece by Baet is located at the north entrance of the Singapore Indoor Stadium together with King’s handprints cast in stone alongside.