July 22, 2017 – Zhuhai, China —Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai (WETZ) is pleased to announce the beginning of the 100 days countdown to the third edition of this major sporting event in Zhuhai, China.Huafa Group, the host of WTA, held a series of activities to celebrate the 100 days countdown all over Zhuhai, including in the Henqin Tennis Center. Former WTA World No.1 Jelena Jankovic and Chinese tennis stars Duan Yingying and Ji Chunmei joined in the celebration. The WTA stars met with Zhuhai citizens and witnessed programs that showcase the rapid growth of grassroots tennis in the city. Zhuhai citizens have sent the invitation to the whole world: 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai is ready to meet tennis fans from all over the world this autumn and enjoy the women tennis event together.
On the morning of July 22nd, tennis stars Helena Hankovic, DuanYingying and Ji Chunmei, the coach He Dongbo and others were divided into two groups and went to six communty’ courts to to play an interesting round of doubles with the citizens successively.They also posed the shape of “100” together. The slogan for this event, “Love tennis, Come to Zhuhai”, was echoed on the spot, which added enthusiasm to the scene.
On the afternoon, various guests and the representatives of citizens came to Hengqin Tennis Center together to witness the start of 100 days countdown celebration.Wu Xiangming, the Vice Director of Zhuhai Culture Sports and Tourism Bureau, Mr. Xu Rong, Chairman of the Organizing Committee & General Manager of Zhuhai Huafa Group Co., Ltd., Peter Lv, the Executive Director and General Manager of Zhuhai Huafa Sports Operations MangamentCo.,Ltd., Mr. Garcia, the Inspector General of Zhuhai WETZ took part in this activity as guests. Various mainstream media across the country have taken this chance to join the grand celebration in Hengqin Tennis Center and experienced the world-class tennis competition in person.
“I am very happy to come back to Zhuhai after I played in 2015,” said Jankovic. “I really enjoyed this amazing city and have very good memories of the support I got from the Chinese fans and also of the hospitality I received from the tournament.”
“As a state-owned company, Huafa Group is dedicated to growing the company alongside adding values to the society and developing the sports culture of Zhuhai city” said Mr. Xu Rong, Chairman of the Organizing Committee & General Manager of Zhuhai Huafa Group Co., Ltd. “Huafa Group aims to build successful event with established international fame and to promote Zhuhai city brand globally. We are determined to help develop Zhuhai city economy together with Zhuhai culture and increase Zhuhai’s role in the Pearl River area.”
Started in May, the preparation is in the last stage
In May of this year,Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy has announced that Stefanie Graf – winner of 107 WTA singles titles including 22 Grand Slam singles titles, will be the global ambassador of the WTA Elite Trophyin 2017 And will continue to help promote the event and the city. Also, Miss Graf will greet the elite players of the WTA and fans from all over the world in November at the Hengqin Tennis Center, Zhuhai.
Event tickets have been on sale since the end of May. The prices are set at an especially fan-friendly level as usual and the ticket service has been upgraded comprehensively. WTA not only has discounts for the tickets, but also has multiple ticket combinations and creative products for enterprise and organisation with personalized and customized value-added service.
Caddie selection and volunteer recruitment are also on the agenda. Caddie selection was started on June 3rd. It took one and a half months and attracted 640 caddies from eight cities (Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen, Taibei and Hongkong). Eventually 42 people were selected and received the valuable training opportunity in the middle of August. Lastly, 30 excellent Caddies will be selected into 2017 Zhuhai WTA Elite Trophy Caddie Service Team.
Volunteer recruitments were held in Jinan Unviersity, Sun Yat-Sen University, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology and Zhuhai City Polytechnic. Currently 50 A-type volunteers have been selected and more B-type volunteer recruitment is in progress.
The successful operation of the event has resulted in several well-known Chinese and international brands supporting the event in 2017, including prestigious partners such as Huajin Securities, Peak Sports, Ganten, China 24K, Liri Tent Technology, Ruituo, Rossini, SAP and so on.
To be the platform of showing Southern city’s culture
As the highest-level tennis event in Southern China, WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai has been a part of Zhuhai’s culture and a new name card for Zhuhai, the most livable city, to show its fascinating culture to the world. Therefore, in addition to hosting professional event for fans, Huafa Group does focus on present culture of Southern China through the event and lead the new trend of Zhuhai’s sports culture.
This year, the event has combined fashion and entertainment to provide entirely new activities. After being highly acclaimed for the SAVOUR International Food Festival last year, this year, WTA localises the event and provides the Zhuhai Food Festival with the aim of promoting Cantonese food culture to all over the world. The popular Carnival will come at the appointed time with more creative activities and encourage the audience enjoy the culture and art banquet.
Notably, in order to implement“lead national sport with professional events”, the guideline of General Administration of Sport, Huafa Group has launched an one-stop tennis training platform this year to popularize tennis among Zhuhai citizens. Now Huafa has cooperated with Hengqin Tennis Center, Zhuhai Yin Shi Ya Yuan, Zhuhai Sports Center…in total 7 tennis courts to start tennis training course. The next step is to cover more communities in Zhuhai and make tennis enter every family.Besides this, all kinds of tennis events will be held, including China Tennis Club League,Zhuhai College Tennis Classic, Huafa Sports Weekly Competition and so on, with the hope of attracting more people from the Pearl River Delta region to pay attention to tennis. During the competition period, the outdoor training court of Hengqin Tennis Center will be open to all tennis lovers. They can watch the competitions between top players and experience the world-class court at the same time.
After two successful editions of the event, the WTA Elite Trophy has developed into the most influential sports event in the Southern China region. In 2016, the global TV broadcast reached 20 countries and areas including Europe, Asia, North and South America, pan-Africa and the Middle East and over 2.1 billion people. This has become the new approach for the world to get to know about Zhuhai.
Huajin Securities 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will be held in Hengqin Tennis Center from October 31st to November 5th. The prize money has been raised to USD 2.28 million. Singles players with a WTA ranking of No.9-19and one wild card will join six doubles teams to compete in a round robin format tournament.
About Huafa Group：
Zhuhai Huafa Group was founded in 1980, exactly when the Zhuhai Special Economic Zone was established. With more than thirty years of time-honored history, Huafa Group has developed to be the leading state-owned enterprise of Zhuhai and becomes a nationally known conglomerate.
Huafa Group owns three listed companies, namely Huafa Industrial Share, Leaguer Stock and iOneHoldings. Rooted in Zhuhai, the distribution of its businesses has expanded to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Suzhou, Shenyang, Nanning, Zhongshan, Weihai, Dalian together with Hong Kong, Macau, San Francisco, Tel Aviv and other places.
About Hengqin Tennis Center, Zhuhai:
Located in the center of Hengqin, Zhuhai, Hengqin Tennis Center’s total area is 117 thousand square meters. The first phase of construction is about 61 thousand square meters and the built-up area is around 28.4 thousand square meters. It is designed by POPULOUS company, which is the leading tennis stadium design company. Hengqin Tennis Center will be built as the world-class tennis stadium. Currently, in addition to 2015 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, which was held successfully, Hengqin Tennis Center has held 2015 ITF International Women’s Tennis Tournament Zhuhai, 2016 ATP International Male’s Tennis Challenge, 2017 Zhuhai Open, CCTV “Who is the King” Zhuhai and more, to enrich the cultural and sport life of citizens from Zhuhai, Macau and nearby cities and improve Zhuhai’s cultural soft power and global influence.
Currently, in addition to 2015 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, which was held successfully, Hengqin Tennis Center has held 2015 ITF International Women’s Tennis Tournament Zhuhai, 2016 ATP International Male’s Tennis Challenge, 2017 Zhuhai Open, CCTV “Who is the King” Zhuhai and more. These events are run to enrich the cultural and sport life of citizens from Zhuhai, Macau and nearby cities and improve Zhuhai’s cultural soft power and global influence.
国际女子网球协会（WTA）是世界领先的女子职业体育组织。目前有来自近100个国家的2500多名注册球员参加WTA在全球31个国家中组织的55站比赛，加上四站大满贯赛事，赛事总奖金额高达创纪录的1.39亿美元。2016年，约有 4.08亿球迷通过电视和网络观看了WTA的比赛。2016赛季WTA的收官之战是10月22日至10月29日在新加坡举行的WTA年终总决赛（BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Globa）以及10月31日至11月5日在珠海举行的WTA珠海超级精英赛。更多信息请访问www.wtatennis.com, www.wta.cn, weibo.com/WTA
About the WTA:
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing nearly 100 nations competing for a record $139 million in prize money. The 2017 WTA competitive season includes 55 events and four Grand Slams in 32 countries. In 2016, the WTA was watched by 408 million fans on television and digital channels around the world. The 2017 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 22-29, 2017 and the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from October 31 – November 5, 2017. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com, facebook.com/WTA and twitter.com/WTA.