WTA Tour unveils new finale event- 15 Sep 2008 00:00:00
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour has unveiled a new season-ending tournament for the 2009 season for players who have not qualified for the top-tier finale, the Sony Ericsson Championships.
The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, set to take place in Bali, Indonesia from 4th-8th November in 2009, will feature top Tour players and next generation champions competing in an innovative 12 woman round robin singles format, and offer both $600,000 in prize money and an opportunity to earn a $1m bonus.
The top 10 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players who have won at least one international tournament during the year and who are not participating in singles at the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships will qualify for the event, along with two wild cards.
A player who wins three international tournaments and the season-ending Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions will take home the additional $1m bonus on top of her prize money.
All players who qualify by ranking will be required to play the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. Players who have qualified for the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships singles event will not be eligible to play in Bali. The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions is set to take place in Bali for an initial period of 2009-2011.
The Tour’s reforms are designed to create a more fan friendly and healthier structure to more consistently deliver stars to top events and reduce player withdrawals. The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions will represent the championships for the international tournaments, bringing a season-long link and race tying together the International events.
The 2009 Tour calendar features 54 tournaments (20 Premier tournaments, 30 International tournaments and the four Grand Slams) across 31 countries and record prize money of over $86m.