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Tournament Director Update - April

2015-4-17


Welcome to the 2015 WTA Tianjin Open! It is an honour and a privilege for me to take over the role of Tournament Director this year. I have been working in tennis since 2005, and the first tournament of my career was the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, so I have a great affinity and fondness for tennis in China.

I have been very lucky and amazed to watch the growth of international tennis across China over the past decade and I am excited to be working with such a wonderful team here in Tianjin to help deliver a bigger and better 2015 Tianjin Open for everyone. We have been hard at work over the past three months making some big and small changes to the tournament and I look forward to sharing with you some insights and updates about as the year progresses.

The tournament launched very successfully in 2014 with the WTA and the players giving the event excellent feedback for which everyone involved should be congratulated for their efforts. However, the best tennis tournaments in the world are those that are always looking to grow and improve on their previous performances and also to see what other tournaments are doing and then find ways to do it better.

We are committed to making the Tianjin Open one of the best in the world, and as such we announced earlier this year that we will double the prize money to USD 500,000 making us one of the few WTA International tournaments offering this level to the players. In doing so, we hope that we can lure more top 10 and better players to Tianjin to make the experience more enjoyable for our fans, media and our sponsors.

Right now we are speaking with a number of top players about coming to play the tournament - some who played last year and some who will hopefully becoming to Tianjin for the very first time, so keep an eye out for our player announcements!

In January,  a delegation of Tianjin Open staff, sponsors and Jinghai officials travelled to Melbourne to visit the Australian Open. This was an excellent opportunity for all involved to experience the fun and excitement of the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific, but more importantly the trip laid the foundations for the development of a professional relationship between our tournament and the Australian Open. Tianjin and Melbourne are sister cities with the government sharing a close relationship and we look forward to working with our counterparts over the coming months to discuss our cooperation.

We have spent the last couple of months visiting the Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Center, which is managed by Guangmeng, looking at ways that we can improve the facilities and experience again for the fans and sponsors. We hope to put the finishing touches on these plans shortly and share them with you as we get closer to the tournament.

Our marketing team has been working hard preparing some great initiatives that will give you an opportunity to meet new people, experience tennis and also win some great prizes and experiences, so if you haven't followed us on Weibo or Wechat then now is the time to sign up.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the warm welcome they have extended to me here in Tianjin. I have spent a lot of the last few months meeting with leaders from the Tianjin and Jinghai Governments and senior leaders from Tuanbo. Without their dedication, commitment and valued support we would not be able to host this event and showcase Tianjin to the world.

Xie Xie,

Stephen



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