WTA Tour Predictions & Tips

The WTA Tour is the top professional tennis circuit for female tennis players. The Tour is organised into different tiers or categories which offer various ranking points and prize money.

The pinnacle of the WTA Tour are four Grand Slam tournaments - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. They offer the highest prize money, the most ranking points and the most prestige for professional tennis players.

A ranking system that assigns points to players based on their performance in tournaments. These are updated each week to determine a player's seeding in tournaments.

Our tennis experts provide their best WTA Tour tips throughout the year with every tournament covered. Improve your consistency and learn how to manage a bankroll to have more success betting on tennis.

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The WTA Tour operates on an annual calendar with a regular season, and it culminates with the WTA Finals.

WTA tournaments are played on various surfaces including hard courts, clay courts, grass courts, and indoor courts.

  • Grand Slams
  • WTA Finals
  • WTA Elite Trophy
  • WTA 1000 tournaments
  • WTA 500 tournaments
  • WTA 250 tournaments


Stay up to date with all the latest news from the WTA Tour at the official website. You can find all the relevant news for every tournament, HTH statistics and information to help you stay on top of all the players and tournaments.

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WTA Tour History

The Open Era began in 1968 which saw professional tennis players allowed to compete with amateurs. There two professional tennis circuits were the World Championship Tennis (WCT) exclusively for men only and the National Tennis League (NTL). 

High profile women tennis players Ann Jones, Rosie Casals, Françoise Dürr, and Billie Jean King joined the NTL, competing in the US Open and Wimbledon but also organising their own tournaments in France. There was a dispute with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) who banned those players from competing in the 1968 and 1969 Wightman Cups.

There was great disparity in the prize money for men and women which caused concern. Billie Jean King was the main instigator, saying “Promoters were making more money than women. Male tennis players were making more money. Everybody was making more money except the women”.

Margaret Court won the Grand Slam in 1970 and received a $15,000 bonus compared to the $1 million men could earn. The turning point came before the 1970 US Open, when the 1970 Pacific Southwest Championships announced a 12:1 ratio in prize money for men and women.

Several women players threatened to boycott the event, with World Tennis Magazine publisher Gladys Heldman creating the 1970 Houston Women's Invitation for nine players. These nine players including Billie Jean King, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kristy Pigeon, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, Rosie Casals and Heldman created the Virginia Slims Circuit that included 19 tournaments in the United States alongside one in Puerto Rico. The Virginia Slims Circuit was the precursor to the WTA Tour. 

In 1971 Billie Jean King became the first female athlete to exceed $100,000 in earnings in a single year. The WTA was founded at a meeting instigated by Billie Jean King at Gloucester Hotel, London a week before the 1973 Wimbledon Championships. The WTA got a boost after signing it’s first television broadcast contract with CBS in 1975.

Colgate took over sponsorship of the WTA Tour from April to November 1976. In 1976 Chris Evert became the first female athlete to win over $1,000,000 in career earnings.

In 1977 women’s tennis was the first professional sport to allow transgender women to compete after the New York Supreme Court ruled in favour of Renée Richards. Avon replaced Virginia Slims as the winter circuit sponsor in 1979 which saw the largest prize money for a single tournament at the Avon Championships - $100,000 - which was the most in WTA tennis history.

The Colgate Series became the Toyota Series in 1981 and expanded to include tournaments from around the world. 

By 1980, over 250 women were playing professionally, and the circuit consisted of 47 global events, offering a total of $7.2 million in prize money. These increased financial opportunities allowed for groundbreaking developments not only in tennis, but across women's sports.

In 1982 Martina Navratilova became the first female athlete to win over $1,000,000 in a single year, with her single year earnings surpassing $2,000,000 in 1984. 

The Avon circuit remained for tournament in the United States, and in 1983 the Toyota Series and Avon circuit merged under the sponsorship of Virginia Slims. Every WTA  Tour tournament then became part of the Virginia Slims World Championships Series.

Virginia Slims sponsored women's tennis from 1970 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1994, when they received criticism for connecting tobacco advertising to healthy female athletes.

The Australian Open joined the US Open in offering women equal prize money in 1984, but that can cancelled between 1996 and 2000. In 1995 the WTA Players Association merged with the Women's Tennis Council to form the WTA Tour.

In 1997 Martina Hingis became the first female athlete to earn over $3,000,000 in a single year. In 2003 Kim Clijsters exceeded $4,000,000 million in earnings for a single year. In 2006 Venus Williams and the WTA pushed for equal prize money at both the French Open and Wimbledon.

2007 was a historic year in pay equality for men and women, equal prize money initiated at the French Open and Wimbledon which meant all four Grand Slams offered equality. The change saw Justine Henin earn over $5,000,000 in 2007, Serena Williams eclipsing that figure  in 2009 when se won over $6.5 million. 

Serena Williams went on to win 23 Grand Slams as of 2019, one behind Margaret Court for total singles titles in women's tennis with a total prize money of more than $90,000,000.

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