Saudi Arabia officially gets WTA Finals and deal includes major thing for WTA stars

The WTA Finals taking place in Saudi Arabia is now a reality as the Kingdom will host the event through 2026.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Saudi Arabia officially gets WTA Finals and deal includes major thing for WTA stars
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Highly-expected news has finally been officially confirmed as the WTA has inked a multiyear deal with Saudi Arabia that will see the WTA Finals take place in Riyadh. 

On Thursday afternoon, the WTA made a big announcement, revealing that Riyadh has been selected as the host city for the WTA Finals through 2026. This year, the opening WTA Finals Riyadh edition will take place between November 02-09. 

This decision doesn't come as a surprise or anything like that as for months there had been strong rumors indicating that the WTA Finals going to Saudi Arabia was a done deal but that the WTA and the Saudis were just smoothing out some things before officially announcing the deal. 

By agreeing on a deal with the Saudis, the 2024 WTA Finals edition will offer a record-breaking $15.25 million in tournament prize money. In the announcement, it was noted that it was just the beginning as even bigger prize money is expected at the WTA Finals in 2025 and 2026. 

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WTA Finals trophy © Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman
 

Also, the WTA said that this deal will also help the future development and growth of women's tennis. 

WTA statement on the WTA Finals going to Riyadh 

“Bringing the WTA Finals to Riyadh is an exciting new opportunity for us and a positive step for the long-term growth of women’s tennis as a global and inclusive sport," WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

"We’ve been impressed by the commitment shown by the Saudi Tennis Federation to grow the sport at all levels, and we have no doubt that players and fans can look forward to a world-class event in Riyadh as the finale to the 2024, 2025 and 2026 seasons."

So far, the majority of top players have indicated that they would be open to playing in Saudi Arabia, including Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, etc. 

When the 2024 WTA Finals kicks off, it will mark the first time that an official WTA event is taking place in Saudi Arabia. 

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