The Top Eight

Istanbul is gearing up again to Welcome the world’s top eight women’s Tennis players. The Teb BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul will again be awaiting tennis buffs at Sinan Erdem Sports Center, October 23 to 28.

Being the European Capital of Sport 2012, Istanbul is the focus of world sports interest  with a series of major international events  throughout the year. The marathon, which started with the World Indoor Track & Field Championship in March, continued with such successful events as the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four, The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey and the World Wrestling Championship. Istanbul, which will also be hosting the World Short Course Swimming Championship before the year is out, faces a key test in its bid for the 2020 Olympics with the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul, which is closely followed by tennis buffs and sports enthusiasts in general.

PTT General Manager and Board Member of  Turkish Tennis Federation (TTF) Osman Tural emphasizes the importance of Turkey putting  itself forward in major  olympic-category events to strengthen  itscandidacy. Other than the familiar faces like Victor Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, names like Serena Williams who is new to the Istanbul tournament if not to the world of tennis are also taking part in the event, which was won last year by Czech player Petra Kvitová.

In addition, TTF President Ayda Uluç recently pointed out that they aim to break a record this year in viewer numbers at the championship, which was followed last year by 70,000 spectators at Sinan Erdem Sports Center as well as reaching 37 million viewers worldwide via  broadcasts on 22 international channels in 164 countries.

TTF Vice-President Cengiz Durmuş said that the Federation, which contributes in a big way to the TEB BPA Paribas WTA Championship Istanbul event, has changed the way tennis is viewed in Turkey and that young people of Turkey  are getting interested as a result. The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be held in Turkey next year for the last time and the other sports events already held or slated to be held in Turkey over the course of the year have given the country an opportunity to show that it can handle a major sports event and in fact do a whole lot more. This has enhanced awareness of Turkey in the international arena and made it a strong candidate for bigger and more major events from here on out.

In addition, TTF President Ayda Uluç recently pointed out that they aim to break a record this year in viewer numbers at the championship, which was followed last year by 70,000 spectators at Sinan Erdem Sports Center as well as reaching 37 million viewers worldwide via broadcasts on 22 international channels in 164 countries. TTF Vice-President Cengiz Durmuş said that the Federation, which contributes in a big way to the TEB BPA Paribas WTA Championship Istanbul event, has changed the way tennis is viewed in Turkey and that young people of Turkey  are getting nterested as a result.

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be held in Turkey next year for the last time and the other sports events already held or slated to be held in Turkey over the course of the year have given the country an opportunity to Show that it can handle a major sports event and in fact do a whole lot more. This has enhanced awareness of Turkey in the international arena and made it a strong candidate for bigger and more major events from here on out.

A SPLENDID FEAST

Suat Kılıç / Minister of Youth and Sports “As in 2011, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships İstanbul will be held at  Sinan Erdem Sports Complex, which in recent years has hosted such major events  like World Basketball Championship and World Wrestling Championship. I believe that the spectators who filled the hall last year  will show the same interest this year, and, with last year’s experience, I think it’s highly unlikely that anything will go wrong this year either. Once again the world is going to hear the sound of tennis rackets rising from Sinan Erdem Sports Complex. And once again I am inviting everyone to this splendid feast of tennis.”