WTA Finals: Tennis fans can enjoy a virtual tennis experience at StarHub booth

Tennis fans can experience what it is like to be an umpire at the StarHub VR Tennis Zone at the OCBC Square.
Tennis fans can experience what it is like to be an umpire at the StarHub VR Tennis Zone at the OCBC Square.PHOTO: STARHUB

SINGAPORE - Tennis fans can have a taste of what it is like to be in the shoes - or seat - of an umpire during a match.

They can enter into this virtual experience when they enter the StarHub VR (virtual reality) Tennis Zone at the OCBC Square, where the fan village of the WTA Finals is located. Admission to the village is free and it is open to the public from 11am to 8pm every day until Sunday (Oct 30), the final day of the season-ending tournament.

At the booth, the public can don a VR headset and be transported to the umpire's chair at the professional women's tennis match for three minutes. The feed in the headset is updated daily with fresh tournament footage of the action that is ongoing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

"This is the first time that virtual reality has been harnessed at a major sporting event in Singapore and we are excited to give tennis lovers an absorbing first-hand experience of the technology," said Howie Lau, chief marketing officer of StarHub.