WTA Tour announced Tournament of Champions – the Sony Ericsson Championships for losers, sort of

sewta_logo_square_sm1.jpgYou all know about the Sony Ericsson Championships, the tournament which marks the end of the tennis year, where the world’s Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams from the season compete for the prestigious title. A week ago, the WTA Tour announced a somewhat similar tournament, called the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, which will feature top Tour players who failed to qualify for the big thing, the Sony Ericsson Championships.

The highest-ranked ten players who have won at least one international event in singles during the season and who didn’t manage to qualify for the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships will play the tournament, along with two wildcards. They will compete in an innovative 12-woman round robin singles format (four groups of three players).

The prize money of the tournament is $600,000, and a player who wins three international tournaments and the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions will take home the additional $1-million bonus.

Larry Scott, Chairman & CEO of the Tour, believes that the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions should be a hit with fans, and the event itself a key element of the Tour’s new Roadmap calendar.

The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions will take place in Bali, Indonesia from November 4-8 in 2009. Bali will be the location of the event for an initial period of 2009-2011.

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4 thoughts on “WTA Tour announced Tournament of Champions – the Sony Ericsson Championships for losers, sort of

  1. maymay

    Good idea. It will give players opportunity for more experience and to improve. It also will help economically for players and the location.

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