WTA Makes Ten Changes To Calendar For 2016 Season

The 2016 WTA calendar was released a few months ago, but there have been some recent additions to it. On the 2016 calendar, there are 10 new additions total whether it be tournaments being upgraded from an international to a Premier, a change in date on the calendar, or just new events in general.

WTA Premier

There is one new WTA Premier level event, and that will be the Ladies Neva Cup, now named the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. This event was formerly an ITF Women’s Circuit event.

The ITF Women’s Circuit Event was originally the level directly below the WTA before the WTA $125K Series was implemented as the intermediate level between both. This WTA Premier will make its debut in St. Petersburg after it was announced that this year’s Diamond Games in Antwerp would be its last edition.

WTA Internationals

The WTA International events offer less points than the WTA Premiers, but there are four brand new events on the International level plus an event which has moved dates. The lone event to move its date was the tournament in Istanbul. It was originally played during the week after Wimbledon but will be played simultaneously with the clay event in Stuttgart.

The four new events will take place in the following locations: Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Mallorca, Spain, Nanchang, China, and Louisville, Kentucky. Three of the four events will be contested on hard courts with Mallorca being the exception. Mallorca will be played on grass which is peculiar seeing as Mallorca is in Spain and is home to the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal.

The Jianxi Open in Nanchang replaces the Baku Cup. The PTT Thailand Open will be replaced by the Taiwan Open in Kaohsiung. The Aegon Classic will be played on the same week as the Mallorca Open, and the Louisville International Open will be played the week before the US Open, along with the Connecticut Open

WTA $125K

Just like the WTA International events, there will be four new additions to the WTA $125K series. Buenos Aires will be the first of the four events and will be held on clay. This event will be sponsored by FILA, just like the ATP Challenger Tour. Two of the tournaments will be played in the United States in San Antonio and West Hempstead respectively. The last event will be in Bol, Croatia.