Aside from the competitive element, the Championships will provide a great
opportunity for Istanbul to welcome the top Tennis stars to Istanbul and show
them how the city has developed, and the role we play in the local community as
well as Europe.
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The awarding of our Sony Ericsson Championships to Istanbul represents an
exciting continuation of our strategy to showcase the very best of womens
tennis in different regions and markets throughout the world, said Sony
Ericsson WTA Tour CEO.
Through 2012-2013, the Sony Ericsson Championships will shift from Qatar to
Istanbul in Turkey.
We are thrilled to have been awarded the honor to host the Sony Ericsson
Championships for 2012-2013, the most prestigious tournament in womens tennis,
said Coskun Erginer, managing director of the Istanbul Cup. Tennis is growing
very rapidly in Turkey, and we are committed to building upon the great
tradition of the Sony Ericsson Championships.
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships, that will be held in Istanbul in
2012-2013, will bring a new dimension to Turkish tennis to build upon.
Istanbul is one of the worlds great capitals, and will be a fantastic home for
the Sony Ericsson Championships from 2012-2013, said Larry Scott, CEO of the
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. We are thrilled that our sports tremendous growth over
the past years, coupled with the excitement surrounding our Roadmap plan, has
built an unprecedented equity in our Sony Ericsson Championships.
Womens tennis is growing in popularity at an incredible pace in Turkey thanks
in large part to the success of the Istanbul Cup, and we believe that bringing
our season-ending finale and the world’s very best players to Turkey will
significantly increase the stature of our sport in this key market and region.
Turkey is very proud to host the Sony Ericsson Championships from 2012-2013,
said Mehmet Atalay, General Director for Youth and Sport in Turkey. Turkey is
the home of a number of world-class sporting events, and tennis is one of the
fastest growing sports. We are looking forward to showcasing the very best of
womens sport both nationally and to the world.
Istanbul is an incredible city that has really embraced womens professional
tennis, said Venus Williams, five-time Grand Slam champion and winner of the
inaugural 2005 Istanbul Cup. I am really looking forward to our most
prestigious event going to Istanbul and hope to be competing there when it
Istanbul is a miracle city sitting between two continents, and will be a truly
special setting for the Sony Ericsson Championships, said Coskun Erginer,
Managing Director of the Istanbul Cup. We intend to make the experience for
both the fans and players truly special.
The 2012-2013 Sony Ericsson Championships in Istanbul, Turkey will take place in
a brand new world class, 10,000 seat facility to be constructed.
The city of Istanbul has and continues to host a number of premier international
sporting events, including the Formula One Turkish Grand Prix, the MotoGP Grand
Prix of Turkey, the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the GP2 and the Le Mans
Series 1000 km races at the Istanbul Park GP Racing Circuit.
The Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul was the home of the 2005 UEFA Champions
League Final, and the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium will host the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.
Since 2005, Istanbul has also hosted the successful Istanbul Cup, which has
featured players such as Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.
The Sony Ericsson Championships, which features the top 8 singles players and
top 4 doubles teams, has become one of the most coveted sporting events in the
world, which as part of the Tours strategy has been showcased in different key
markets around the globe in world class venues.
Over the course of the past years, with the addition of Sony Ericsson as title
sponsor and an incredibly successful inaugural year in Madrid, the event has
reached new levels of popularity, prestige and global exposure.
In its storied history dating back to 1972, the Sony Ericsson Championships has
been held in the internationally renowned cities of New York, Munich, Los
Angeles and Madrid.
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