Nineteen women’s tennis players who have had the honor of being ranked No.1 gathered at the All-England Club in London on Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WTA Tour.
Current WTA stars, recently retired champions and the legends of the sport attended the red carpet and gala, which were accompanied by an exclusive photoshoot.
The WTA Tour was founded in 1973 by 63 players, led by Billie Jean King, behind locked doors in the Gloucester Hotel, London and today the association is the global leader in women’s professional sport, priding itself on many pioneering accomplishments, including the successful campaign for equal prize money.
In the first year of its existence, the WTA Tour had $1.9 million with tournaments in 10 countries, while now the prize money total is $118 million with events in 33 different countries.
Throughout the year the WTA celebrated its 40th anniversary with the 40 LOVE marketing campaign, reaching its pinnacle at the gathering of iconic personalities of women’s tennis: Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic and a whole host of VIPs.
Video coverage of the event is available below: