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WTA teamed up with athletes from the Southeast Asia Games (SEA) to host a tennis clinic for a group of local children in Singapore to promote tennis and showcase the SEA Games athletes as role models and inspiration to the junior players.

As part of the Junior Road to Singapore Future Stars program, the Singapore clinic was held at the Yio Chu Kang tennis center. Children had the opportunity to interact with athletes and participate in a series of drills. Stefanie Tan, who recently wrapped up her All-American college career, helped lead the clinic along with players on Singapore's SEA Games team and WTA Finals Tournament Director Melissa Pine.

"Today’s clinic was really to get kids out on the court and have them meet the SEA Games team, and to see that there are local role models that are top players that are here in Singapore, that they can look up to, that they can aspire to be," Pine told Channel News Asia.

The Junior Road to Singapore Future Stars clinics are a series of events throughout Asia-Pacific promoting tennis and the WTA Finals. Last year the WTA hosted the inaugural Future Stars competition, as 18 markets in the Asia-Pacific were invited to take part in the 2015 WTA Future Stars program. Each hosting Under 14 and Under 16 qualifying events in the hopes of sending their best young players to the WTA Future Stars event at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The Junior Road to Singapore will culminate at the WTA Finals in Singapore with the Future Stars event, where an Under-16 winner and an Under-14 winner from tournaments around the Asia-Pacific region will be crowned.

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