WTA players glam up for Friday’s draw gala in Fort Worth


Women’s tennis players did their hair and makeup and dressed in elegant outfits for Friday’s WTA Finals draw ceremony in Fort Worth as the singles and doubles qualifiers learned their opponents for the elite tournament’s group stage. Photographer Jimmie48 takes us behind the scenes and on the red carpet of the glamorous tennis night.

WTA Finals Class of 2022 pose for a group shot ahead of the draw gala of the 2022 WTA Finals Fort Worth tennis tournament

World No.1 Iga Swiatek wore a revealing Michael Costello royal blue dress which features a front slit and open back. The Pole completed the look with black pointed-toe flat slingback sandals.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur opted for a sophisticated neutral-colored dress that covered her elbows and knees. Classic elegance.

Ons Jabeur

Ons Jabeur

Ons Jabeur

Jessica Pegula of the United States rocked a chic embellished black blazer mini dress.

Jessica Pegula

Jessica Pegula

Eighteen-year-old Coco Gauff, the youngest WTA Finals qualifier since 2005, stood out in a revealing lavender cutout gown with feathers.

Coco Gauff

Maria Sakkari went for a classic figure-flattering black dress featuring a side slit and gold strappy heels.

Maria Sakkari

Caroline Garcia wore a black jumpsuit featuring a stomach cutout and two chain details on the back.

Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia

Aryna Sabalenka was glowing in a strappy orange dress with tie-up detail on the left side.

Aryna Sabalenka

Daria Kasatkina didn’t want to give up her comfort, so she paired her elegant yellow ensemble with white sneakers. The Russian’s girlfriend Natalia Zabiiako accompanied her on the red carpet.

Daria Kasatkina

Daria Kasatkina

The eight singles players are divided into two groups of four: Tracy Austin Group (Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, Caroline Garcia, Daria Kasatkina) and Nancy Richey Group (Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka).

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WTA Finals Doubles Class of 2022 poses for a group shot ahead of the draw gala of the 2022 WTA Finals Fort Worth tennis tournament

The eigth doubles teams are also divided into two groups: Rosie Casals Group (Krejcikova/Siniakova, Gauff/Pegula, Xu/Yang, Krawczyk/Schuurs) and Pam Shriver Group (Dabrowski/Olmos, Kudermetova/Mertens, Kichenok/Ostapenko, Danilina/Haddad Maia).

During the first six days of the WTA Finals, each singles player will face off against all the other participants in their respective group.

The singles and doubles round-robin action begins on Monday, October 31 at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, November 6, and the singles and doubles finals will be on Monday, November 7.


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