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A MILLION PEOPLE, MAYBE MORE, PASS THROUGH THE WTA TOUR GATE
Published March 31, 1998
The Corel WTA Tour has passed the million mark in on- site attendance after last week's Lipton Championships. It marks the earliest time in Tour history that women's tennis has drawn over a million fans. The Lipton was the eighth consecutive worldwide event to report increased numbers over 1997, with 228,908 fans for its 10 days. Overall, the Lipton was the 10th of 13 Tour events to show an increase in attendance over '97. Tour attendance is at 1,057,164, which is 8.77% ahead of '97. In other news, healthcare group Pfizer will be a presenting sponsor of the Acura Classic this August in Manhattan Beach, CA, its initial tennis sponsorship. Also, Acura, United Airlines and Nicholas- Applegate financial services have all signed on as sponsors of the Toshiba Tennis Classic, which will be played this August in La Costa, CA (Corel WTA Tour). OVERNIGHT RATINGS: Saturday's Lipton Championships women's final between Venus Williams and Anna Kournikova earned a 2.7 overnight rating on CBS (USA TODAY, 3/31).