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Garbine Muguruza announced as new tournament director for WTA Finals

Former world number 1 Garbine Muguruza has been announced as the new tournament director for this year’s WTA Finals.

The Spaniard only officially retired from professional tennis in April 2024, having not played since January 2023. She becomes the first former player to hold the position of tournament director at the WTA Finals, with Muguruza winning the event itself in 2021.

The WTA Tour announced Muguruza’s role on Wednesday, saying she would “work with the WTA, the Saudi Tennis Federation and the Ministry of Sports to oversee the strategic planning and execution of the event.”

Last year’s WTA Finals received a lot of criticism for their organization. The courts in Cancun were poorly prepared and the tournament was organized during the hurricane season on the east coast of Mexico.

The 2024 event will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with Muguruza hoping to create a different experience this season.

“I feel very privileged to be able to contribute to the future of this great sport as tournament director of the WTA Finals Riyadh,” said Muguruza. “I know how special this event is for our top players, and I have also seen its potential to inspire communities around the world.

“I’m happy to work with a great team to present a women’s tennis showcase that not only grows tennis, but also encourages all fans, especially girls and women, to pursue their dreams.”