According to rumours by 2017 new WTA Biel (Switzerland) indoor hard-courts event will replace WTA Katowice, Poland, in April. Biel will be the second Swiss WTA Event after Gstaad, which take place in July, on outdoor clay-courts, just after the third Grand Slam event of the season, Wimbledon Championships.
The Biel tournament owners will be Octagon and InfrontRingier Sports & Entertainment Switzerland, and the tournament director will be Lukas Troxler. The title sponsor is still unknown, while the singles draw will feature 32 players.
'I am really looking forward to having another WTA tournament back in Switzerland - Martina Hingis said - I have fond memories of my first WTA tournament in Zurich and I am excited that Octagon has been able to work with Swiss Tennis and InfrontRingier to bring an International event to Biel.
Switzerland has a great tennis history and having such an event in my home country will help to build on that. Being able to play in front of your home fans is a special experience and I plan to be involved as much as possible to help make the tournament a success for the Swiss tennis fans.' ALSO READ: Toni Nadal: ´Rafael can win Roland Garros this year, Monte Carlo is more than one title´