The Hengqin International Tennis Center was opened in September 2015 and is now home to two international tennis events each year.
The WTA Elite Trophy, held in November, is an end-of-season event featuring 12 of the world’s top female players including the 11 players ranked from 9th to 19th based on rankings at the time and one wildcard. The three winners since the event was first held in 2015 have been Venus Williams, Petra Kvitová and Julia Görges.
The Zhuhai Tennis Open, held each March, is part of the men’s ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s Circuit. The women’s event has been held for the past four years and was won in 2018 by Maryna Zanevska of Belarus, while the men’s event began in 2016 and was won this year by Australian Alex Bolt.
Hengqin International Tennis Center took just 12 months to build and was designed by renowned architecture firm Populous, which also designed Wimbledon Centre Court and Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.
Hengqin’s 5,000 seat center court forms part of the opening phase of construction, alongside a match court with seating for 1,500, four match courts with seating for 250 each and 12 training courts. The center has been designed as a green park for the community, providing a “raised forest” landscape to provide a lush environment which will be used by people during non-event days.
Hengqin International Tennis Center will be open for use by residents of Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macau free of charge from 11 August to 31 December, Huafa Sports has revealed.
The Zijin Hengqin Lecture Series was held on 4 August at Xiangzhou Port in Hengqin, bringing a traditional Chinese cultural feast with the characteristics of the Forbidden City to attendees from Hengqin and neighbor cities.
Hengqin International Tennis Center hosted a special ceremony on 21 July to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy tournament.
The 2nd 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum dealt with a range of strategic issues including Guangdong Province’s brand image building and dissemination, scientific and technological innovation and construction of the Greater Bay Area.
The forum was coordinated by the GMTCM Park – the first project jointly developed in Hengqin by the governments of Macau and Zhuhai.
Zhuhai issued its first five-year mainland residence permit on 9 September 2018 to a Macau citizen living in the city. According to government information, 751 more eligible individuals from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan have now received permits.
From 19 to 21 September, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Forum on International Communication, China (Guangdong) will be held at Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hengqin New Area. It is the second edition of the annual event.