WTA adds Wimbledon warm-up event to 2015 calendar

Serena Williams of the US returns the ball to China's Li Na during a WTA Championships final tennis match on October 27, 2013
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The Women's Tennis Association will hold a new grass-court event in the run-up to Wimbledon, starting in 2015.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has announced that a new grass-court tournament will be held in Nottingham during the build-up to Wimbledon from 2015.

Two WTA events will be held in Brazil for the first time, while Israel and France will host another two 125K Series contests.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been identified as key growth markets for women's tennis, and will play host to a record six WTA Premier and International tournaments and four 125K Series events starting next year.

"The WTA calendars continue to deepen the reach of women's professional tennis into unprecedented markets to help grow our global fan base far and wide," WTA chief executive Stacey Allaster said.

"Together with the continued success and growth of the China Open and the launch of the year-end WTA Championships in Singapore in 2014, the WTA's Asia growth strategy is in full force."

The unnamed UK grass-court tournament will take place during week 24 of the 2015 tennis calendar.

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