Merry news for the Russian tennis came from WTA headquarters in Florida on December 10 as St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy was named Best WTA Premier Tournament in 2018. The WTA Tournament of the Year Award winners have received recognition from WTA players due to the excellence of their staff and organization, passionate fans, and wider dedication to the sport and its athletes. “In the Premier classification, St. Petersburg picks up the award for the first time in the tournament’s short history”- WTA’s respective press-release namely says.
Let’s remind that the inaugural edition of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy was held in the City on the Neva in 2016, in 2019 the event will be held for the 4th time and will feature such world caliber stars as 5-times Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, world №9 Kiki Bertens and world №10 Daria Kasatkina.
“We highly appreciate WTA’s award considering it as a recognition of the merit of all our partners including our sponsors and the city administration of St. Petersburg as well as all staffers of the organizing committee – from the top-managers and onto the technical staff as each of them made an invaluable contribution to the development of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy which managed to gain popularity with WTA players and took its worthy place in the international calendar in a matter of just a few years,- says St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy tournament director Natalia Kamelzon. – At the same time this award is a huge commitment on all of us and we are fully determined to keep the bar high and therefore will do our utmost to confirm our high international status and reputation with the players. We are looking forward to their arrival in St. Petersburg for yet another edition of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy to be held from January 28 till February 3 and we do hope they will please again St. Petersburg’s refined tennis connoisseurs with their superb tennis skills and will thoroughly enjoy their stay in St. Petersburg”.