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The WTA Tour is a professional tennis circuit organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), the organising body of women's professional tennis. The WTA Tour has more than 2500 players from almost 100 countries and the 2019 WTA Tour features 63 tournaments.
The WTA Tour includes the Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open), WTA Premier tournaments, Premier 5, WTA International tournaments, Fed Cup, WTA Tour Championships, WTA Elite Trophy and the Hopman Cup.
The WTA headquarters are located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States with its European headquarters in London, England and its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing, China.
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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.
The WTA ultimately succeeded in creating an improved future for women's tennis. Today, the WTA has more than 2,500 players from almost 100 countries that compete for $146 million in prize money.
WTA Tour Tournaments
The 2019 WTA Tour competitive season includes 63 tournaments including the four Grand Slams (supervised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), WTA Premier tournaments (Premier Mandatory, Premier 5, and regular Premier), the WTA International tournaments, the Fed Cup (organised by the ITF), the year-end championships (the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Elite Trophy).
These events take place in 30 countries. The season concludes with the WTA Finals and the WTA Elite Trophy. The Hopman Cup is also organised by the ITF and does not distribute ranking points.
What are the WTA Grand Slams?
The Grand Slam tennis tournaments are also called majors and are the four most significant tournaments in tennis. The Grand Slams offer the most ranking points, prize money, strength and size of field.
The Grand Slam’s start with the Australian Open in January, the French Open in late May to early June, Wimbledon Championships in June and July and the US Open in August and September. Each Grand Slam is contested over two weeks.
The Australian Open and US Open are played on hard courts, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass. Wimbledon is the oldest followed by the US Open, French Open and the Australian Open.
The women’s Grand Slam tournaments are not organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), but by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The WTA does award ranking points based on a performances at each Grand Slam.
What are the WTA Premier Tournaments?
WTA Premier Tournaments include four "Premier Mandatory" events in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, and Beijing, five "Premier 5" events in Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati, Toronto/Montreal and Wuhan and twelve "Premier" events including Brisbane, Sydney, St. Petersburg, Doha, Charleston, Stuttgart, Birmingham, Eastbourne International, San Jose, Zhengzhou, Tokyo and Moscow.
What are the WTA International Tournaments?
The WTA International Tournaments replaced the previous Tier III and Tier IV categories. The 2019 WTA Tour features 32 tournaments including the Auckland Open, Shenzhen Open, Hobart International, Hua Hin Championships, Budapest Grand Prix, Mexican Open, Monterrey Open, Ladies Open Lugano, Copa Colsanitas, İstanbul Cup, Morocco Open, Prague Open, Internationaux de Strasbourg, Nuremberg Cup, Nottingham Open, Rosmalen Championships, Mallorca Open, Bucharest Open, Swiss Open, Baltic Open, Palermo International, Washington Open, Tournoi de Québec, Japan Open, Jiangxi Open, Korea Open, Guangzhou Open, Tashkent Open, Tianjin Open, Hong Kong Open, Linz Open and Luxembourg Open.
What is the WTA Fed Cup?
The Fed Cup is the premier international team competition in women's tennis, the world's largest yearly women's international team sports competition in terms of the quantity of nations competing. The men's equivalent of the Fed Cup is the Davis Cup.
What are the WTA Finals?
The WTA Finals were formerly known as the WTA Tour Championships and is contested at the conclusion of the tennis season for the top-ranked players. Since 2003 the WTA Finals features the top eight ranked singles players divided into two round-robin groups and eight doubles teams.
The WTA Finals has the largest prize money and ranking points after the four Grand Slams.
What is the WTA Elite Trophy?
The WTA Elite Trophy is the second-tier women's tennis tournament on the WTA Tour. It succeeded the WTA Tournament of Champions which took place from 2009 to 2014. The singles event features 12 players (9th to 19th on the WTA rankings and one wildcard).
WTA Tour Players
The WTA has more than 2,500 players from almost 100 countries. Some of the best women’s tennis players of all time include Helen Wills Moody, Margaret Court, Maureen Connolly, Suzanne Lenglen, Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Maria Bueno, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.
WTA Tour Results
Stay up to date with all the results at the WTA Tour tournaments at the WTA Tour website. This is a great way to stay on top of which players are climbing the rankings and going under the radar. Increase your knowledge of all the players on the WTA Tour to icrease your chances of beating the bookmakers and building your bankroll.
WTA Tour Free Bets
All the main online bookmakers will offer free bets for WTA Tour tournaments and promotions including boosted odds and sign-up offers. Our bookmaker reviews includes all the information you need to choose the best bookmaker depending on your country of residence.
WTA Tour Bet of the Day
We cover all the WTA Tour tournaments with matches part of our bet of the day. We have a bet of the day for each tournament where we pick our best bet from each day of tennis action. Our bet of the day could be a win bet, handicap tip or total games over or under tip.
WTA Tour Live Streaming
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WTA Tour Highlights & Replays
There are thousands of matches on the WTA Tour which means it is impossible to watch every one. Subscribe to the WTA Youtube Channel to watch highlights, player features and interviews, documentaries and best shots of the day.
WTA Tour News
Stay up to date with all the latest news from the WTA Tour at the WTA Tour website. You can find all the relevant news for every tournament, player HTH statistics and information to help you stay on top of all the players and tournaments.
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2019 WTA Tour Schedule
|December 31||Hopman Cup||Perth, Australia||Hard||International|
|December 31||Brisbane International||Brisbane, Australia||Hard||WTA Premier|
|December 31||Shenzhen Open||Shenzhen, China||Hard||WTA International|
|December 31||Auckland Open||Auckland, New Zealand||Hard||WTA International|
|January 7||Sydney International||Sydney, Australia||Hard||WTA Premier|
|January 7||Hobart International||Hobart, Australia||Hard||WTA International|
|January 14||Australian Open||Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Grand Slam|
|January 28||St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Hard||WTA Premier|
|January 28||Thailand Open||Hua Hin, Thailand||Hard||WTA International|
|February 4||Fed Cup Quarterfinals||Various||Hard||International|
|February 11||Qatar Open||Doha, Qatar||Hard||WTA Premier|
|February 18||Dubai Tennis Championships||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||WTA Premier 5|
|February 18||Hungarian Ladies Open||Budapest, Hungary||Hard||WTA International|
|February 25||Mexican Open||Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||WTA International|
|March 4||Indian Wells Open||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||WTA Premier Mandatory|
|March 18||Miami Open||Miami, United States||Hard||WTA Premier Mandatory|
|April 1||Charleston Open||Charleston, United States||Clay||WTA Premier|
|April 1||Monterrey Open||Monterrey, Mexico||Hard||WTA International|
|April 8||Ladies Open Lugano||Lugano, Switzerland||Clay||WTA International|
|April 8||Copa Colsanitas||Bogotá, Colombia||Clay||WTA International|
|April 15||Fed Cup Semifinals||Various||Various||International|
|April 22||Stuttgart Open||Stuttgart, Germany||Clay||WTA Premier|
|April 22||İstanbul Cup||İstanbul, Turkey||Clay||WTA International|
|April 29||Prague Open||Prague, Czech Republic||Clay||WTA International|
|April 29||Morocco Open||Rabat, Morocco||Clay||WTA International|
|May 6||Madrid Open||Madrid, Spain||Clay||WTA Premier Mandatory|
|May 13||Italian Open||Rome, Italy||Clay||WTA Premier 5|
|May 20||Internationaux de Strasbourg||Strasbourg, France||Clay||WTA International|
|May 20||Nürnberg Cup||Nürnberg, Germany||Clay||WTA International|
|May 27||French Open||Paris, France||Clay||Grand Slam|
|June 10||Nottingham Open||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Grass||WTA International|
|June 10||Rosmalen Grass Court Championships||'s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||WTA International|
|June 17||Birmingham Classic||Birmingham, United Kingdom||Grass||WTA Premier|
|June 17||Mallorca Open||Santa Ponsa, Spain||Grass||WTA International|
|June 24||Eastbourne International||Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||WTA Premier|
|July 1||Wimbledon||London, United Kingdom||Grass||Grand Slam|
|July 15||Bucharest Open||Bucharest, Romania||Clay||WTA International|
|July 15||Ladies Open Lausanne||Lausanne, Switzerland||Clay||WTA International|
|July 22||Baltic Open||Jūrmala, Latvia||Clay||WTA International|
|July 22||Palermo International||Palermo, Italy||Clay||WTA International|
|July 29||Silicon Valley Classic||San Jose, United States||Hard||WTA Premier|
|July 29||Washington Open||Washington D.C., United States||Hard||WTA International|
|August 5||Canadian Open||Toronto, Canada||Hard||WTA Premier 5|
|August 12||Cincinnati Open||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||WTA Premier 5|
|August 19||Bronx Open||New York City, United States||Hard||WTA International|
|August 26||US Open||New York City, United States||Hard||Grand Slam|
|September 9||Zhengzhou Open||Zhengzhou, China||Hard||WTA Premier|
|September 9||Japan Women's Open||Hiroshima, Japan||Hard||WTA International|
|September 9||Jiangxi Open||Nanchang, China||Hard||WTA International|
|September 16||Pan Pacific Open||Osaka, Japan||Hard||WTA Premier|
|September 16||Guangzhou Open||Guangzhou, China||Hard||WTA International|
|September 16||Korea Open||Seoul, South Korea||Hard||WTA International|
|September 23||Wuhan Open||Wuhan, China||Hard||WTA Premier 5|
|September 23||Tashkent Open||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Hard||WTA International|
|September 30||China Open||Beijing, China||Hard||WTA Premier Mandatory|
|October 7||Hong Kong Open||Hong Kong||Hard||WTA International|
|October 7||Tianjin Open||Tianjin, China||Hard||WTA International|
|October 7||Linz Open||Linz, Austria||Hard||WTA International|
|October 14||Kremlin Cup||Moscow, Russia||Hard||WTA Premier|
|October 14||Luxembourg Open||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Hard||WTA International|
|October 21||WTA Elite Trophy||Zhuhai, China||Hard||Year-end championships|
|October 28||WTA Finals||Shenzhen, China||Hard||Year-end championships|
|November 4||Fed Cup Final||Perth, Australia||Hard||International|
WTA Singles Rankings (at 16 September 2019)
|2||Czech Republic||Karolina Pliskova||27||6415||22|
|7||Czech Republic||Petra Kvitova||29||4326||17|
|11||Great Britain||Johanna Konta||28||3115||20|
|22||Czech Republic||Marketa Vondrousova||20||2410||11|
|31||Czech Republic||Barbora Strycova||33||1630||22|
|38||Czech Republic||Katerina Siniakova||23||1340||27|
|45||Czech Republic||Karolina Muchova||23||1159||12|
|47||Spain||Carla Suárez Navarro||31||1142||21|
|62||Belgium||Alison Van Uytvanck||25||985||25|
|63||Czech Republic||Marie Bouzkova||21||970||27|
|69||Puerto Rico||Monica Puig||25||893||21|
|81||Czech Republic||Kristyna Pliskova||27||768||26|
|82||Spain||Sara Sorribes Tormo||22||760||32|
|99||Brazil||Beatriz Haddad Maia||23||609||20|