Ostrava send proposal to host WTA Finals amid Saudi Arabia rumors: "They take it seriously"

Saturday, 02 September 2023 at 07:00
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Although the location for the 2023 WTA Finals has yet to be determined, there are rumblings of the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic being a possible host for the elite event.
The WTA Finals is slated to begin on October 30, with talks of it returning to Shenzhen, China or even Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, Czech businessman Tomas Petera has submitted a proposal to the WTA to host the event in Ostrava, according to Czech sports portal iSport.

Petera would like to rotate the event between Ostrava and Prague

"The WTA has an official offer from me and they take it seriously," said Petera. "For Czech tennis, the organization of the WTA Finals would be something fantastic, taking into account the performances of our players. Several of them may qualify for the competition, Polish Iga Swiatek will also help fill the hall."
If successful, Petera would organize an event in Ostrava this year and then move the location to Prague for the next three or four years. The year-ending event was held in Singapore from 2014 to 2018, with Shenzhen hosting the subsequent editions until the start of the pandemic and the controversial Peng Shuai situation. The 2022 event was held in Fort Worth, Texas with Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia lifting the title.

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