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Singapore to host expanded WTA Finals in October, Billie Jean King named an ambassador

FILE - In this�April 30, 2008 file photo, Billie Jean King laughs after helping to announce the site of a new stadium to host the Washington Kastles, the newest franchise of the World Team Tennis Pro League, in Washington. King's summer tennis league just got a boost from ESPN. World Team Tennis and ESPN agreed Tuesday, June 24, 2014, to a four-year deal to stream 20 matches live annually on ESPN3 and show the final July 27 on ESPN2. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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FILE - In this�April 30, 2008 file photo, Billie Jean King laughs after helping to announce the site of a new stadium to host the Washington Kastles, the newest franchise of the World Team Tennis Pro League, in Washington. King's summer tennis league just got a boost from ESPN. World Team Tennis and ESPN agreed Tuesday, June 24, 2014, to a four-year deal to stream 20 matches live annually on ESPN3 and show the final July 27 on ESPN2. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LONDON - The WTA's season-ending tennis championships will move to Singapore in October for at least five years, and WTA founder Billie Jean King will be the event's official ambassador.

The WTA said Sunday that the expanded WTA Finals tournament will be held from Oct. 17-26 and include the top singles and doubles players from 2014 as well as competition among up-and-coming tour players and veterans.

Singapore will be the ninth city to host the WTA Finals since 1972. Most recently they were held in Doha, Qatar from 2008-2010 and Istanbul, Turkey from 2011 to last year.

King made the announcement near the All England Club, where she won a record 20 overall titles.

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