After 69 years in a row, the Swedish Open of Bastad disappears. The event, that was first introduced at a professional level in 1948, will be played only on the men's side, while the WTA event has been bought by the Russian tennis federation.
The new tournament will be played in Moscow from 23 to 29 July 2018 on outdoor clay at the city's National Tennis Center. The federation revealed that dates could change because of soccer World Cup games in Moscow. The category (WTA International) and ranking points will still be the same ones, but prize money will be increased from $226,750 of Bastad up to $750,000. It will be the third female event in Russia after St.
Petersburg Ladies Trophy, played just after Australian Open, and Kremlin Cup in Moscow in mid-October, both on indoor hard-courts. We will see what happens in 2019, as St. Petersburg is among the four cities that aim to host WTA Finals beyond Manchester, Prague and Shenzhen.