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November 1 , 2003

10 Things You Didn't Know About the WTA Championships

 

In preparation for the WTA Championships, which begin on Wednesday, November 5, Tennis-X looks into a few things you may not know about the women's season-ending event.
   
10.
  Wilson is the official ball of the WTA Championships, and it will be colored yellow.
9.
  The first tennis match played at the STAPLES Center was Justine Henin-Hardenne and Elena Dementieva November on Nov. 6, 2002.
8.
  Players are expected to be on-site and in the building by Monday, November 3.
7.
  Tickets can be had at discount, click on http://tiimes.com/wtatour/windowsmedia.html for $10 off tickets to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
6.
  It takes approximately 96 gallons of paint to color the court, and just a few ounces more to put a stencil on Chanda Rubin's racquet.
5.
  Who's the boss? The STAPLES Center opened October 17, 1999 with a Bruce Springsteeen and the E Street Band concert.
4.
  The players will be driven in a Porche when traveling to and from their hotel. To get to their cars they will have to walk.
3.
  If you're favorite player is not on court, the STAPLES Center offers 23 refreshment stands, 55 restrooms, 1,200 TV monitors, 10 elevators, 11 escalators and one eight-sided center video/display board.
2.
  It takes approximately 12 hours to lay down center court for the WTA Championships.
1.
  While the players must wear clothing, the fans don't have to!


WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Site: STAPLES Center
L.A., Calif.
Draw: 8 (Round-Robin) Prize: $3 Million (total)
Date: Nov. 5-9 Surface: Indoor Hard Points: 485 (winner)
   



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