- Associated Press - Friday, March 30, 2012

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Brazilian tennis federation says it will host a WTA event in 2013 after an 11-year absence.

The federation said Friday it reached a deal with the women’s tour without a tournament location and date, although negotiations were advanced.

Federation president Jorge Lacerda says Brazil “got the needed approval to give this gift to Brazil’s women’s tennis. One of our goals is to make women’s tennis grow, taking advantage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

The federation says Brazil is taking over the tournament that was played in Marbella, Spain.

Brazil hosts an ATP clay-court event in Sao Paulo each February.

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