Women's Tennis Association

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Women's Tennis Association

Principal organizing body of womens professional tennis add

Category: Tennis

Founded in 1973.

Countries: United States (36%), (27%), United Kingdom (18%)

Main connections: The Championships, Wimbledon, Colgate-Palmolive, Billie Jean King

Linked to: International Tennis Federation, Association of Tennis Professionals, CBS, Colgate-Palmolive




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The "'Women's Tennis Association"' , founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King, is the principal organizing body of women's professional tennis add something


The Women's Tennis Association was founded in the month of June 1973, but can trace its origins back to Houston, Texas with the inaugural "Virginia Slims" tournament, arranged by Gladys Heldman, and held on 23 September 1970 add something


In 1975, the WTA increased its financial stature by signing a television broadcast contract with CBS, the first in the WTA's history add something


In 1976, Colgate assumed sponsorship of the circuit from April to November add something


The "Colgate Series", renamed the "Toyota Series" in 1981, included tournaments from the across the world, whereas the Avon sponsored events took place solely in the U.S. The two circuits merged beginning with the 1983 season, when Virginia Slims returned to take full sponsorship rights of the WTA Tour add something


Larry Scott became Chairman and CEO of the WTA on April 16, 2003 add something


In 2006, Venus Williams and the WTA pushed for equal prize money at both the French Open and Wimbledon add something


Both of these Grand Slam events relented in 2007 and awarded equal money for the first time add something


On March 24, 2009, Scott announced that he was resigning as WTA chief in order to take up a new position as the Commissioner of the Pacific-10 Conference, now the Pacific-12 Conference, on July 1, 2009 add something


The points distribution for tournaments in 2014 is shown below add something


She announced her retirement as chief executive of the WTA on September 22, 2015 citing a personal change in priorities add something


The points distribution for tournaments in 2017 is shown below add something


Also included in the 2018 calendar is the Hopman Cup, which is organized by the ITF and does not distribute ranking points add something


The points distribution for tournaments in 2019 is shown below add something