The WTA announced today that International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova has been named as the first legend who will compete in the inaugural WTA Legends event to be held in conjunction with the WTA Finals Singapore.
An eight-time singles champion and 11-time doubles champion at the WTA Finals, Navratilova will also collaborate with the WTA on the design of the newly named Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy, which will be awarded to the doubles champions.
“Playing at the WTA’s season finale provided some of the most memorable moments of my career, so I am honored to be in a position to support the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore in an official capacity,” said Navratilova. “I look forward to a week of fantastic competition in singles and doubles, and to helping grow a love of our sport among fans of all ages in Singapore and throughout this exciting part of the world.”
Navratilova will also be joined by Chris Everts, who will be there to support the event.
“Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest, brightest and most talented players to ever step on a tennis court and she never left any stone unturned in her quest for excellence. With more doubles titles than any other player in WTA history, it is fitting to create the WTA Finals Doubles Champion trophy to permanently recognize Martina’s contributions and inspire generations to come,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “We are thrilled for our fans that she will be playing in the WTA Legends event and her passion and unrivalled knowledge of the game make her a perfect fit to promote women’s tennis and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle to kids and fans across Southeast Asia and beyond.”