WTA Adds Two Brand New Events to Its Tennis Calendar

Published 04/23/2021, 5:35 AM EDT
The WTA logo outside the Grandstand court on Day Four of The Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2015 at the Foro Italico on May 13, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)


Women’s tennis has witnessed constant developments with the years gone by. A few years ago, the players’ winning prize money for both the men’s and women’s categories was made the same at the Grand Slam events. With time gone by, the number of events played on the women’s circuit has only gone up. 

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Recently, the addition of two new WTA 250 events was brought to public attention. The first of these newly added tennis events will be played in Parma, which is in the northern region of Italy and will be played on the red clay courts. Called the Emilia Romagna Open, it will be held from May 17 till 22.

A net with the WTA logo during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 15th, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Both of the new tournaments to be held on red clay courts

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The second tournament, the Hamburg European Open, will be conducted on the red clay court as well. It will be carried out in Hamburg in Germany from July 5 till 11. However, this event will be conducted during the second week of the Wimbledon Championships. 

The tournament in Parma will feature 32 players competing in the main draw for singles. There will be another six players added to the main draw after they cross the hurdle of the qualifying rounds. Meanwhile, the event in Hamburg will showcase the talents of 28 players in the singles main draw. 

Reflecting on the addition of the two events, WTA Chairman Steve Simon stated, “The WTA is committed to offering as many playing and earning opportunities for our members as possible, and we look forward to bringing the WTA Tour to Parma and Hamburg this season, enhancing women’s tennis, even more this year.”

Naomi Osaka won the first Grand Slam event in women’s tennis this year

Reflecting on the women’s tennis season this year, Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne. At the moment, there are two tournaments going on, the WTA 500 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and the WTA 250 event in Istanbul in Turkey. 

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Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina

After these events, players will play their first WTA 1000 clay-court tournament in Madrid, which will be followed by Rome, and then will compete for the second Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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