Only 26 days left till WTA Katowice Open 2016
The countdown till world-class tennis returns to Katowice is running, with the fourth WTA Katowice Open starting in just 26 days. Apart from the top-seed Agnieszka Radwańska, the list of players also features two winners of the previous Katowice Open tournaments: the defending champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (WTA No. 30) and the 2014 title-holder Alize Cornet (WTA No. 39). On Sunday 10th April, the doubles final will be held at 1.00 pm whereas the singles final is scheduled for 4.00 pm, both at the Spodek Hall in Katowice.
Altogether, 74 matches will be played on the Centre Court at the Spodek Hall and on Court No. 1 at the International Congress Centre – 59 singles and 15 doubles – and the singles final for the title of the WTA Katowice Open 2016 Champion will take place on Sunday, 10th April, at 1.00 pm. As in previous years, the players at this, the most prestigious tennis event in Poland, will be using Babolat balls and competing on the hard surface produced by Play It Global. The total prize money remains unchanged at $250,000. – said Paweł Owczarz, Head of WTA Katowice Open Tournament. It is our strong desire that this year’s tennis feast here in Katowice attracts to the Spodek Hall the widest possible range of spectators. With that in mind, this year for the first time we are offering concession tickets for senior citizens. All tickets are available online at KupBilet.pl, in the EMPiK store chain and in the STS sports-betting outlets. – Paweł Owczarz added.
In April, Katowice will welcome a number of leading female tennis players who have competed in Grand Slam finals, among them Timea Babos (WTA No. 48), Dominika Cibulkova (WTA No. 66) and Francesca Schiavone (WTA No. 94). In the main draw, we shall also see Kirsten Flipkens (WTA No. 71) and Heather Watson (WTA No. 53), who only last March played out a spectacular final at Monterrey Open 2016, with Watson being the winner.
On 9th March, a press conference with the President of the City of Katowice was held in Warsaw. Katowice has been the co-organizer of the tournament since 2013 and, since 2015, the city has been its strategic partner. For the fourth time running, Katowice will be host to such truly extraordinary sports event as the WTA Katowice Open tournament. This year, the honorary patronage of the event has been taken on by Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, and a number of leading players, including Agnieszka Radwańska, have confirmed their participation. I am delighted that we will again have the pleasure to follow the matches of world-class players here at our legendary Spodek Hall as well as in our new International Congress Centre. It is my strong belief that we are in for a lot of unforgettable sporting moments. – stated Marcin Krupa, President of the City of Katowice.
Another guest at the conference was Anastasiya Shoshyna, the Polish Senior Indoor Champion, who will play as a “wild card” in the qualifiers for the WTA Katowice Open 2016 this April. Along with Shoshyna, in the qualifiers we will see Weronika Falkowska, the newly-crowned Polish Junior Indoor Champion, who automatically received her “wild card” to the tournament too. Also, the organizers presented the official poster promoting the fourth WTA Katowice Open tournament featuring the current World No. 3 player – Agnieszka Radwańska. Apart from the tennis matches on the courts, the organizers have also prepared a range of side events for children, including the Kids Day, starting on 2nd April, and Talentiada, a tennis tournament for the youngest players.
Grupa TAURON and PKO Bank Polski have joined the sponsors of Katowice Open. The media partners of the tournament are Polskie Radio, Przegląd Sportowy and Polsat Sport.
WTA Katowice Open 2016
* Hourly schedule of quarterfinals and finals is subject to change if a player is listed in both categories.