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Posted On: 23 October 2008 09:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Top tennis stars spur ticket sales

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With the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's season-ending championships less than two weeks away, organisers claim to have sold 95 percent of the tickets for the six-day tennis extravaganza. The Sony Ericsson Championships will be held from November 4 to 9 at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, which has undergone massive renovation for the season-ending spectacle. "Our ticket sales office at the Khalifa Tennis Complex is receiving an amazing number of requests for more tickets. This is proof that we have a great event in our city and we really look forward to seeing a full stadium for the season-ending championships," Karim Alami, the Tournament Director, said in a statement yesterday. "I am delighted that the entire capacity for the Lower and Middle Tribunes has been sold out in such a short time," David Shoemaker, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour COO and Head of Asia Pacific, said. "The speed of sale demonstrates that our event is hugely popular in this region. I'm positive the fans will be thrilled by what promises to be an incredible week in Doha, both on and off the courts," Shoemaker added. The city of Doha is getting ready to host, for the first time, the Sony Ericsson Season-ending championships, the prestigious season-ending tournament featuring the top eight women's tennis players and top four doubles teams on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, competing for record prize money of $4.5m. With the tournament just a few days away, WTA Tour stars Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova have already qualified for the event. This is the first time the Middle East will host such an event. The Qatar Tennis Federation and the Qatar Olympic Committee have joined hands to give the Khalifa Tennis Complex a facelift by adding 3,500 new seats, upgrading the VIP boxes on the first rows of the Center Court, thus allowing the stadium to comfortably host 7,000 people every day. The Pen