Tennis: Judy Murray, mother of former world No. 1 Andy, named Community Ambassador for WTA Finals in Singapore

Judy Murray will be the tournament's Community Ambassador for the Oct 22-29 season-finale presented by SC Global.
Judy Murray will be the tournament's Community Ambassador for the Oct 22-29 season-finale presented by SC Global.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Judy Murray, the former British Fed Cup captain and mother of former world No. 1 Andy, will be in town for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, organisers announced on Monday (Oct 9).

The 58-year-old will be the tournament's Community Ambassador for the Oct 22-29 season-finale presented by SC Global.

Murray will be involved in tennis outreach programmes, including the Miss-Hits, an introductory programme for girls aged five to eight, to the Singapore community during the week of the event.

She said: "I have benefited so much from the sport of tennis throughout my life, from being a player, to a coach, to a mother of two professional tennis players.

"This will be my first trip to Singapore, which I have heard not only has world-class facilities, but also a huge interest in the development of sport. I am looking forward to sharing my Miss-Hits program to hopefully inspire other women and mothers to get involved in tennis delivery."

She will also host a sharing session with former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and May Schooling, mother of Singapore's first Olympic champion Joseph Schooling, on Oct 24.

Melissa Pine, WTA Asia-Pacific vice-president and WTA Finals tournament director, said: "The WTA is pleased to partner with Judy Murray who is such a great champion for the promotion of our sport.

"Through this collaboration, we hope to realise a common vision of having more young girls pick up tennis. To have Judy join us at the WTA Finals in Singapore to spread our collective passion for the sport reinforces our commitment to creating a lasting legacy for women's tennis in Asia-Pacific."

Seven women have qualified for the WTA Finals. They are Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko. France's Caroline Garcia currently occupies the eighth and final spot on the Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard.

For tickets and more information, visit www.wtafinals.com