WTA CEO Steve Simon held a press conference in Linz on Sunday with Mats Wilander and the Linz Open tournament director Sandra Reichel to speak about the tournament and the WTA in general. Dominika Cibulkova and Jelena Ostapenko were supposed to lead the field but they withdrew, but it was still good for Simon, who said: 'The tournament in Linz has become a proper event. This is the best thing you can say about a tournament.'
Asked where the WTA would be in five to ten years, Simon said: 'We want to achieve a better value, bringing a stronger product to the court. People like stars who dominate this sport. A closer collaboration with the ITF and tournaments at lower level is also needed.'
Simon also said he supports combined events for men and women. 'The fans would enjoy watching them both. The more tournaments there are with men and women, the better.' For example, by 2019 Hamburg is likely to host both ATP and WTA events.