The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) was created by a tennis great, Billie Jean King. The legend herself made sure that the WTA was formally introduced as an organisation to the world in 1973. This professional organisation is the main body for Women’s tennis around the globe and is the organisation that organises the WTA Tour worldwide. I’m sure that the tennis champion knew that her idea would become a global success, but she may not have envisaged headquarters on 3 different continents. The WTA tour is so successful and so popular that it can often be tough to get tickets! WTA Championship tickets are always in hot demand, this is down to the hard of work of the players and also the organisation itself.
The organisation was first founded in 1973, but in fact the first WTA tournament was held on September 23 1970. It was organised by Gladys Heldman, the tournament was played in Houston, Texas – my parents were there to witness it, they still tell tales of travelling from their RV parks in Corpus Christi to watch. Since that tournament the WTA has gone from strength to strength, it really is remarkable to see the growth that has happened. You only have to see how quickly places like ticketbis sellout to see what an outstanding organisation the WTA is, make sure you get your tickets early here or you could be disappointed. I was reading about the WTA last week and was amazed by some of the facts that I found, it is an inspirational organisation to see how gar it has come. I want to share some of the most memorable milestones that the WTA has achieved.
1) Billie Jean King was the first female sports person ever to earn over $100,000 in a year.
2) Chris Evert Lloyd was the first female sports person to earn over $1,000,000 in total career earnings.
3) It took just seven years since it’s creation in 1973 for more than 250 professional female tennis players to be registered.
4) Martina Navratilova was the first female tennis player to earn over $1,000,000 in a year.
5) Martina Hingis was the first female tennis player to earn $3,000,000 in a year.
6) Kim Clijsters, in 2003, overtook Martina Hingis and earned $4,000,000 in a year.
7) One of the biggest success the WTA had recently was when the organisation, alongside Venus Williams, was successful in making sure that the prize money for Wimbledon and the French Open was the same for both men and women.
I urge you to read more about the WTA before going to the next tournament, it stemmed from an idea by one of the game’s greats and has become one of the leading organisations in sport today.