There are four new tournaments, beginning with the Brussels Ladies Open in May, a Premier event played on red clay that will replace Warsaw on the calendar. Next, the Azerbaijani city of Baku, located on the Caspian Sea, will host its first WTA event in mid-July. The Baku Cup, with former Georgian player Leila Meskhi acting as tournament director, will be a hardcourt event of the International series.
Rounding out the year's new tournaments will be two outdoor hardcourt competitions in the United States. The Troy Park Women's Tennis Championships, to be played at a brand new facility in Elkridge, Maryland, begins July 25, and the city of Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas, will host the Texas Open just one week before the year's final Grand Slam in New York. Both are International-level tournaments.
Rome and Cincinnati both become combined WTA/ATP events, resulting in a shift in the week that the women play them and for them to play a week earlier in Canada. Both the women’s event in Toronto and the ATP event will now be played in the same week.
With the year-end WTA Championships moving to Istanbul, Doha returns to a February slot as a regular event. Copenhagen, which made its debut on the calendar in 2010, is moving from its August date to June 6, to be played on indoor hardcourt in competition with the grass-court Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham.