SINGAPORE - The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced that it will be partnering with Judy Murray to be part of the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global as a Community Ambassador.
Before becoming a coach and mother, Murray represented Scotland and had 64 national titles to her name. With her background in tennis, Murray coached her sons Andy and Jamie, who have both gone on to win Wimbledon titles in singles and doubles.
Earlier this year, Murray was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contributions to promoting tennis, supporting women in sport, and her charitable efforts.
As part of the WTA’s efforts to build a legacy on women’s tennis in Singapore, which is the first country in Asia-Pacific to ever host the WTA Finals, Murray will be involved in the outreach to the local community during the week of the event. Murray will take on the role as the WTA’s Community Ambassador to educate the different community groups on the different ways to build a support system to encourage the growth and interest in women’s tennis.
With her experience as a player and coach, Murray has since gone on to develop several tennis initiatives including Miss-Hits, an introductory program for 5 to 8 year-old girls, to get them interested in the sport. Throughout the week, Murray will be training up new groups of Miss-Hits coaches, all of whom will be provided with an equipment bag to be able to roll out the programme to groups of girls in their local regions.
“I have benefited so much from the sport of tennis throughout my life, from being a player, to a coach, to a mother of two professional tennis players. This will be my first trip to Singapore, which I have heard not only has world-class facilities, but also a huge interest in the development of sport. I am looking forward to sharing my Miss-Hits program to hopefully inspire other women and mothers to get involved in tennis delivery,” said Murray.
Alongside the showcase of the world’s top eight singles players and doubles teams in women’s tennis, Murray will be sharing her experiences from various perspectives in professional sport. She will be dispensing tips and advice on how to nurture talent from a young age, and the different pathways and careers that young girls and women can pursue in tennis.
To kick things off, Murray will be leading a clinic on the WTA Charities Community Day on Saturday, October 21, with about 100 children from the WTA Finals’ official social cause SportCares, the Tennis For Every Child program by SC Global, and the WTA Future Stars initiative.
The annual Tennis Coaches Conference will also benefit from Murray’s expertise in building the infrastructure around the talent development pipeline. Held at the Conrad Centennial Hotel on Monday, October 23, interested coaches will have the rare opportunity to gain insight into Murray’s past and present work, as well as her journey bringing up two Grand Slam champion sons.
In a gathering of great minds, Murray will be joined by former WTA World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, and May Schooling, mother of Singapore’s first Olympic gold medalist, Joseph Schooling, at a sharing session presented by Tiffany & Co, Official Trophies and Awards Sponsor of the WTA Finals. Between these three incredible women, are stories behind five Olympic gold medals – one by Davenport, three by the Murray brothers, and one by Schooling. In this session, titled “Going for Gold”, the trio will participate in a fireside chat, exchanging their journeys to their success as mothers in the world of professional sports.
Vice-President of WTA Asia-Pacific and Tournament Director of the WTA Finals, Melissa Pine, said, “The WTA is pleased to partner with Judy Murray who is such a great champion for the promotion of our sport. Through this collaboration, we hope to realize a common vision of having more young girls pick up tennis. To have Judy join us at the WTA Finals in Singapore to spread our collective passion for the sport reinforces our commitment to creating a lasting legacy for women's tennis in Asia-Pacific.”
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The current Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard as of Monday, October 9, stands at:
- Simona Halep (ROU) - QUALIFIED
- Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) - QUALIFIED
- Karolina Pliskova (CZE) - QUALIFIED
- Elina Svitolina (UKR) - QUALIFIED
- Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) - QUALIFIED
- Venus Williams (USA) - QUALIFIED
- Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) - QUALIFIED
- Caroline Garcia (FRA)
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