Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Celebrates its 40th Anniversary



On Thursday, August 22, representatives from  the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) will visit the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and ring The Opening Bell to mark the organization's 40th anniversary this year as well as to highlight the 40th anniversary of equal prize money at the US Open.  
 
To mark the occasion, WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster will be joined by Bethanie Mattek-Sands who will start her US Open tournament on Monday, August 26, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell®.
 
The U.S. Open kicks off on August 26, 2013.
 
About the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations competing for more than $118 million in prize money at the WTA’s 54 events and four Grand Slams in 33 countries. More than 5.4 million people attended women’s tennis events in 2012 with millions more watching on television and digital channels around the world. The 2013 WTA competitive season concludes with the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, October 22-27.  In the last 12 months, WTA signed record TV deal and Championships deal, taking WTA Championships to Singapore for 2014-2018.  Additionally, WTA signed 7 new sponsors, with SAP and XEROX coming on board this year.