Muguruza appointed tournament director of WTA Finals

Garbine Muguruza, the former champion of Wimbledon and the French Open, has been appointed as the tournament director for the WTA Finals.

This makes her the first ex-player to hold this position for the season-ending event, which will take place in Riyadh starting from this year. Riyadh secured a three-year deal in 2024 to host the season finale, replacing last year’s hosts in Cancun, Mexico.

Muguruza will collaborate with the WTA, the Saudi Tennis Federation, and the Ministry of Sport to develop strategic plans and ensure successful execution of the tournament. Additionally, she will play a crucial role in enhancing the visibility of tennis in the Middle East. In a statement, Muguruza expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the future of the sport and acknowledged the significance of the event for top players while recognizing its potential to inspire communities worldwide.

She expressed excitement about working with a dedicated team to present a platform for women’s tennis that not only promotes the growth of the sport but also encourages fans, especially girls and women, to pursue their dreams.

The retired tennis player, who was once ranked number one globally and achieved victories at the French Open in 2016, Wimbledon in 2017, and the WTA Finals in 2021, announced her retirement at the age of 30 in April.

This year’s WTA Finals are scheduled to take place from the 2nd to the 9th of November.

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has made significant investments in sports such as football, Formula One, and golf, while critics claim that the kingdom is using its Public Investment Fund to improve its human rights reputation through sports. The country firmly denies any allegations of human rights abuses and asserts that it safeguards national security in accordance with its laws.

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When Saudi Arabia was considered as a host for women’s tour events, WTA chief Steve Simon acknowledged the challenges presented by the country but also recognized the progress it had made. He continued to engage with players before reaching an agreement for the WTA Finals.

Prominent tennis figures Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova expressed their concerns about Saudi Arabia’s values conflicting with those of the WTA.

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