The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced the launch of WTA Future Stars junior tournaments yesterday.
Each regional WTA Future Stars event will have competitions at Under-14 and U-16 levels - with the tournaments set to take place in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and other regions across the Asia-Pacific region.
Top regional qualifiers will compete at the Kallang Tennis Centre on Oct 17-19, in conjunction with the Oct 17-26 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, with the finals to be played at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Oct 20.
Players will also get a chance to meet some of this year's WTA Finals participants and legends of the sport. Those who qualify to play in Singapore will also participate in a community-service activity during the WTA Finals.
"The WTA Future Stars junior tournament series is aimed to encourage young girls throughout the Asia-Pacific region to become active through tennis," said WTA Finals tournament director Melissa Pine.
"For more than four decades, WTA players have served as role models and inspiration for the future generation of young girls worldwide. We look forward to introducing the future stars to the stars of today and tomorrow at the WTA Finals in Singapore."
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This article was first published on July 25, 2014.
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