High Fives for Tianjin at Tianjin Open Wimbledon Night

2018-7-2

Tournament celebrates five years in 2018

Defending Champion Maria Sharapova Returns

Tianjin Open High Five Welcomes The World

Commemorative Logo and Poster launched

Tianjin Open signs on Foxtenn as ELC partner

Tianjin, China / Wimbledon, England, 1 July 2018 – APG House overlooking the practice courts of Wimbledon served as the perfect location to launch the 2018 Tianjin Open which will celebrate its 5-year anniversary from October 8-14 later this year.









The launch featured as part of APG's Pre-Wimbledon Dinner and focuses upon Tianjin welcoming the world through "High Fives" to mark the tournament's first major milestone while inviting past and current players, tournament champions and guests to visit in 2018 to "Build the Next Tennis Dream for Tianjin" and the beautiful Jinghai District.

The ‘High Five! Return With Passion' theme is expressed through the release of the commemorative five-year logo and poster which showcase elements of Tianjin, Jinghai and the four previous champions of the Tianjin Open and looks to the future by asking who will lift the 2018 Tianjin Open trophy.


Steve Simon, WTA CEO



Micky Lawler, WTA President



PengShuai



Stephen Duckitt, Tournament Director of 2018 TianjinOpen


Tianjin Open, owned by APG and operated by Tuanbo Haomai (Tianjin) Sport and Culture Development company was first held in 2014 at the magnificent Tianjin Tuanbo International Center and saw American Alison Riske claim the first Tianjin Open crown and her maiden WTA career title, a historic double achievement.





Poland's Agniezska Radwanska claimed the 2015 Tianjin Open at her first attempt, before Peng Shuai became the first Chinese player to win the Tianjin Open in 2016. Last year, global superstar Maria Sharapova added her name to the Tianjin Open honor board and continued the run of first time champions defeating rising talent ArynaSabalenka in a pulsating final in front of a sold-out crowd.

Tianjin tennis fans will again be treated to the charm, grace and class of Sharapova in 2018, as she returns to Tianjin to defend her 2017 crown. The winner of 36 career singles titles and former world No. 1 will be looking to create another piece of Tianjin Open history by trying to become the first player to win consecutive Tianjin Open championships.





"It was such a thrill to win the Tianjin Open last year. It meant a lot to me and I really enjoyed playing in front of the fans in Tianjin. I am excited to be returning to defend my title in 2018 and I can't wait to see everyone in Tianjin again," enthused Sharapova.



Despite its young age, the tournament has consistently focused on being one of the leading WTA International Series events, doubling prize money to USD 500,000 in 2015 and adding Electronic Line-Calling to Center Court.



Earlier this year, staying true to its core, Tianjin Open announced prize money would increase by a further USD 250,000 to USD 750,000 making it only one of two WTA International events in 2018 offering this level of prize money.



Tianjin Open will also switch to newly approved Electronic Line Calling Partner, Foxtenn, as it continues to work with the latest technology available and pioneering the game's technological developments.

"In its short history, Tianjin Open has developed into Tianjin's largest annual sports event and become the focal point for the development of the Tianjin Health Industry Park in Jinghai," Tournament Director Stephen Duckitt said.

"Tennis fans in Tianjin have already witnessed incredible champions like Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwasnka and China's Peng Shuai in our first four years. We are excited to be celebrating our first major milestone in 2018 and the return of Maria coupled with the celebrations planned will help Tianjin Open to realise a new tennis dream for the city as we continue our aim to grow the event further," added Mr Duckitt.



Tickets for this year's event are now on sale and information can be found via the tournament website – www.tianjinopen.com.

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