WTA Announces Changes to Minor Tournaments for 2024 Season
A couple of weeks ago, a group of top players united to voice their concerns and call for improvements within the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). While the public response to their demands is still pending, the WTA has recently revealed some changes regarding minor tournaments, addressing both monetary prizes and points distribution.
Bye Bye W80: WTA125 Tournaments Take Center Stage
Starting from the upcoming 2024 season, the WTA will bid farewell to the W80 tournaments. Instead, they will introduce the WTA125 tournaments, aligning the name with the number of points to be allocated across all these events. Previously, 160 points were up for grabs, but now the WTA will distribute 125 points in each WTA125 tournament.
Increased Opportunities for Players
Not only will the WTA125 tournaments take precedence, but the number of both WTA125 and ITF tournaments will also see a boost. This expansion aims to provide more opportunities for players, allowing them to compete and earn valuable points to climb up the rankings.
Looks like life will get tougher for lower-ranked @WTA/@atptour/@ITFTennisplayers in 2024….. pic.twitter.com/T2phFVm3GH
— Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) November 19, 2023