At the handover ceremony, Steve Simon, President of WTA International Womens Tennis Federation, Mr. Wang Zhiqiang, Director of Sports Industry Development Department of Shenzhen Sports and Tourism Bureau, Mr. Ling Ke, Chairman of Jindi Group, Mr. Liu Fengning, Chief Executive Officer of Shenzhen Hongjindi Sports Industry Co., Ltd., Representative of Singapore Tourism Bureau and Xinjia Representatives of the Poe Sports Bureau, as well as the 2018 WTA Finals singles and doubles Champions Elina Svitolina, Kristina Mladenovic, Timea Babos and representatives of media and partners from around the world have witnessed historic moments. Mr. Ling Ke, chairman of Jindi Group, warmly praised the excellent performance of the athletes, thanked WTA for its trust in Shenzhen, and expressed the idea of inheriting, innovating and cooperating on behalf of Shenzhen WTA year-end finals.
From Munich to Los Angeles, from Madrid to Doha, from Istanbul to Singapore, WTA year-end finals have traveled through many famous cities in the world, all of which have left a strong legacy for the local sports culture and tennis development. Over the past two decades, through the WTA Finals, fans around the world have witnessed the wonderful moments of world-class stars such as Hingis, the Williams sisters, Sharapova, Henin, Christens, Corvetova and Wozniacki reaching the top one after another, as well as the Chinese golden flower Li Na in 2013. To reach the singles final, Peng Shuai and Xie Shuwei won the doubles championships, these finals belong to Chinas glorious moments.
From 2019 to 2028, the new story and excitement of the WTA year-end finals will be written by Shenzhen. In 2018, the 40th anniversary of Chinas reform and opening up, Shenzhen, a young and flourishing new city, as the core of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Bay Area, has always had an indissoluble bond with tennis. Shenzhen Hongjindi Sports Industry Co., Ltd. as the organizer of Shenzhen WTA year-end finals, its CEO Mr. Liu Fengning said: Shenzhen has millions of tennis population, has a high-quality mass sports foundation, as well as ATP and WTA matches held successfully in succession experience, it is no exaggeration to say that tennis has been. It is integrated into the blood of the city of Shenzhen. In ten years, Shenzhen will use the enthusiasm, innovation and action to open up a new future for the WTA finals. Everyone is asking me what kind of expectation Shenzhen has for the competition. First of all,the first yearis the biggest expectation, we look forward to the competition in Shenzhen, into Shenzhen characteristics. Todays dream comes true!
In the next decade, with the opportunity of WTA Finals, Shenzhen will bring Asias cutting-edge technology, lifestyle and culture to the players, fans and the global media, so that everyone can have the most unique experience of participating, watching and reporting in the WTA Finals held in Shenzhen, and the world can borrow it. This is to know Shenzhen and understand Shenzhen, so as to build Shenzhen into a truly tennis city. The Chinese people will also be at home with fans from all over the world to see the boundless grace of the top womens tennis stars. Eight of the best women singles players and eight pairs of womens doubles in this year will gather in Pengcheng to give the audience a full season of WTAs grand feast.
According to the event development plan, Shenzhen will build a new stadium in the downtown area, with WTA year-end finals as the core and new sports facilities management concept as the guidance. Shenzhen will also start from the concept of equality advocated by WTA, and work with WTA to increase the promotion of public welfare, so that more people to join the tennis game, feel the charm of tennis, experience a new way of life.
Before the handover ceremony, in order to let Chinese fans feel the enthusiasm of WTA year-end finals earlier, the organizer Hongjindi Sports held a special Global Business Experience Officer recruitment event to provide free opportunities for fans to go to Singapore to watch the finals and participate in the handover ceremony. In just a few days, the events micro-blog topic topped 4 million, a total of nearly 10,000 people signed up to participate! Finally, through the selection of five experienced officers, a total of this rare opportunity, they came to Singapore to watch the wonderful contributions of the tennis stars, but also participate in and witness the glorious moment that Shenzhen took over the sponsorship.
The good blueprint has been drawn, Thank you, Singapore, Hello Shenzhen, todays handover ceremony is a new beginning, the 10-year contract will also be opened. In the next ten years, we will see the joint growth of Shenzhen, WTA Finals and Chinese tennis. We will be filled with joy and gratitude, and we will welcome the golden decade together with Shenzhen.