Doubt cast over future of WTA event in Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 09, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

The organizers of the WTA Taiwan Open called for more financial support from

Taiwan’s Lee Ya-hsuan coaches a children’s tennis class at the WTA Taiwan Open at the Taipei Arena on Friday last week. Photo courtesy of WTA Taiwan Open

Taiwanese corporations and the government as the event ran at a loss, despite improved ticket sales, as well as attention on the city in international media.

“It was good to see bigger crowds at the Taipei Arena for the matches, especially in the latter parts of the competition. Ticket sales this year brought in about NT$5 million [US$160,627], about a 20 percent increase from last year,” WTA Taiwan Open organizing committee executive director Yang Hui-ju said at a media briefing on Monday.

The increased ticket sales will mean we are running a smaller deficit, because the expenses for the tournament are about NT$80 million, Yang said.   [FULL  STORY]

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