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The WTA Finals is one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year.
The WTA Finals is a women’s only tennis tournament for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) that features the top 8 singles players and top 8 doubles teams from the year.
Below you’ll learn all about the WTA Finals including the prize money, ranking points, the location, how to attend, and more.
About the WTA Finals
The 2023 WTA Finals was the 52nd edition of the singles side and the 47th of the doubles. For that period of time, this has been the premier tournament for the WTA to showcase its best talent.
The tournament features the top 8 singles and doubles teams in the world based on their WTA ranking point total for that year.
Where is the WTA Finals Tournament?
The 2023 tournament took place in Cancun, Mexico.
When is the WTA Finals Tournament?
The WTA Finals always takes place each year from the end of October to November. It’s after all four Grand Slam tournaments and is considered the end of the “tennis season.”
The 2023 WTA Finals tournament took place from October 29 – November 5.
Who are the Current WTA Finals Champions?
The champions of the 2023 WTA Finals are:
- Women’s Singles: Iga Świątek (Poland)
- Women’s Doubles: Laura Siegemund (Germany) and Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
What Court Surface is the WTA Finals Played On?
This tournament is played on an indoor hard surface.
How the WTA Finals Format Works
The WTA Finals is different from other tournaments throughout the year.
- There are 8 players or teams (for doubles).
- Instead of a draw of 8, there are two pools of four.
- Each player or team plays a match against everyone in their pool during round-robin play.
- The top two players from each pool are entered into a semifinal bracket. The top seed from pool A plays the 2nd seed from pool B and vice-versa.
- This bracket is played out to crown a champion.
So you could lose a match in pool play, and still win the WTA Finals.
WTA Finals Prize Money & Ranking Points
The total prize money for the WTA Finals tournament in 2023 was $9 million dollars (USD). The players are awarded a base amount of points/prize money for playing each match, plus additional points and prize money for victories. A player can win up to 1,500 points and $3,024,000 million by going undefeated at the WTA Finals to win the singles title.
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Prize money for the WTA Finals is based on match wins. Here is the breakdown of points and prize money for singles and doubles from 2023.
Singles: $198,000 participation fee, plus $198,000 for each round-robin win. If a player advances to the semifinals, she adds an additional $54,000. A semifinal win earns an additional $756,000. Winning the final will earn an additional $1,476,000.
Doubles: $90,000 participation fee, plus $36,000 for each round-robin win. If a team advances to the semifinals, they will add an additional $9,000. A semifinal win earns an additional $144,000. Winning the final earns an additional $306,000.
In total, the champion will play 5 matches, but they might lose one or even two matches in pool play.
How to Watch the WTA Finals On TV
In the US, you can watch all the WTA Finals matches live on TV or online, with the Tennis Channel or the Tennis Channel app.
How to Get Tickets to the WTA Finals Tournament
Where to Stay for the WTA Finals
The 2023 WTA Finals was at Paradisus Resort in Cancun. You can stay at the resort or at a number of other hotels and resorts in the Cancun area.
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How to Make Your WTA Finals Experience Great
Since there is only one court that the WTA Finals are played on, it’s easy to see all the matches.
When to Arrive at the Tournament
Matches begin each day at 2:30pm local time so you can arrive a bit before then to get your seats.
It’s helpful to get there early to make sure you get through security in a timely manner, so you don’t miss any of the tennis matches. This isn’t like the US Open or French Open where you can watch non-stop tennis all day.
What to Bring With You
Only small bags are allowed in and you can’t bring in any outside food or drink. You should bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen since the tennis is outdoors. It can also be very windy.
What to Expect at the Venue
The stadium is in front of the Paradisus Resort. Just outside of the stadium is a fan area with merchandise for sale and concessions. You’ll find tennis gear, food, drinks, and activities for kids.