Doha began as a WTA venue just 16 years ago, but the city has already established a reputation as a cornerstone of the tour. In 2009 and 2010, the WTA Championships were held in the Qatar capital, and the strong fields and crowds at its Premier-level event reflect its elevated status. "Our tournament is a mixture of sport and tradition," says media supervisor Redab Massoud. "A new season means a new challenge for us. We are working so hard to deliver a world-class event." Last year's tournament at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex featured 16 of the tour's Top 22 players. "Qatar Total Open has attracted an elite field over the years," says Massoud. "That's what really makes it interesting."