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Statement From WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster

2015-8-20

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA

20 August, 2015

WTA Chairman & CEO extends condolences to the people and city of Tianjin following accidental explosions that occurred 12 August, 2015

"On behalf of myself, WTA staff, players and tournaments, we send our heartfelt sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy last week. To the city of Tianjin, our thoughts are with the victims and their families, with those who lost their loved one, their home, or suffered injury.

To our partners and friends at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament, we offer our full support at this difficult time. Operations continue to move forward for this year's tournament at the Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Center starting on October 12. We continue to work directly with event officials to monitor the situation and ensure there is no risk for players, staff, officials or fans attending the event.

To the people of Tianjin, we send you wishes of strength and recovery."



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