King of Prussia, Pa. (July 14, 2009) – Tennis icon John McEnroe says that he will continue playing World TeamTennis as long as league co-founder Billie Jean King continues to invite him. Despite turning 50 years-old this past February, McEnroe prides himself on his remarkable ability to play competitively against players half his age. Playing for the visiting New York Sportimes tonight in Philadelphia, McEnroe once again defied the odds using his patented finesse game to outfox the Freedoms. McEnroe opened the match by teaming with Robert Kendrick to defeat the Freedoms team of Nathan Healey and Eric Nunez 5-4 in a tightly played, back-and-forth set of men’s doubles. The Freedoms came right back in women’s doubles, as Madison Keys and Lisa Raymond defeated Christina Fusano and Abigail Spears 5-3, giving the Freedoms an overall lead of
9-8 through two sets.
McEnroe starred again in the third set, playing against the Freedoms’ Healey in men’s singles. Despite trailing 2-3 midway through the set, McEnroe stormed back with a combination of determination and guile to take the set 5-4 in a tiebreaker. Perhaps taking inspiration from her legendary teammate, Abigail Spears fought off the 14 year-old Keys to win women’s singles 5-2. The teams entered the final set, mixed doubles, with the Sportimes leading 18-15. Despite a valiant effort from the Freedoms team of Raymond and Healey, Spears and Kendrick took the set 5-3 to win the match for the Sportimes 23-18. The Freedoms return home on Monday, July 20 to face the legendary Martina Navratilova and the Boston Lobsters. The Freedoms home season concludes with a visit from former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces on Wednesday, July 22. Tickets for both matches can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Tuesday, 7/14
(Home teams in capital letters)
New York Sportimes def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18
Men’s Doubles – Robert Kendrick\John McEnroe (Sportimes) def. Nathan
Healey\Eric Nunez (Freedoms) 5-4
Women’s Doubles – Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) def. Christina
Fusano\Abigail Spears (Sportimes) 5-3
Men’s Singles – John McEnroe (Sportimes) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Women’s Singles – Abigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Christina Fusano\Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-3
The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season features the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appearing during one home match in July.
The Freedoms have two remaining home matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events will feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening will include exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 2009 REMAINING HOME SCHEDULE
Monday, July 20 Boston Lobsters (Navratilova) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 22 St. Louis Aces (Clijsters) at Phildelphia Freedoms
All Matches Begin at 7:30 p.m.
2009 Freedoms Sponsors include Advanta, Abington Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Lincoln Mercury, Novo Nordisk, Comcast Cable, Skinny Water, USTA Middle States, 23K, Museum Catering, Endo Pharmaceuticals, ACME, Energy Plus, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, McShane Sports Medicine, Excel Physical Therapy, Maui Wowi, CBS 3, WIP, WPHT, KYW Radio, WOGL, Bertolinis, Mortons Steakhouse, The Inquirer, and Drexel University Sport Management.
Advanta, a long-time supporter of tennis programs and youth fitness activities, is proud to be the title sponsor of World TeamTennis. Through the Advanta WTT Pro League, Rec League and Advanta WTT Smash Hits, Advanta helps to bring world class tennis to communities throughout the country. In addition to the Advanta WTT Pro League which currently features co-ed teams in 10 U.S. markets, the Advanta Championships showcased top players from both the ATP and WTA Tours from the mid-1990s to 2005. In 2009, World TeamTennis and Advanta continue to promote youth fitness and introduce kids to tennis with the “Ready, Set, Racquet!” program. At select WTT events this season, kids ages 4-16 will receive a free junior racquet and cover. Since 2003, more than 140,000 free racquets have been distributed. Advanta also continues to be involved in numerous tennis charities including Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education and Philadelphia Wheelchair Tennis programs. To learn more about Advanta, visit www.advanta.com.
Abington Health is a not-for-profit, regional healthcare provider for residents of Montgomery, Bucks and parts of Philadelphia counties. With longstanding roots in the community, Abington Health is comprised of two suburban hospitals: Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. In addition to the two hospitals, Abington Health has convenient outpatient facilities, including Abington Health Center — Schilling Campus in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center — Warminster Campus in Bucks County and Abington Physicians at
Montgomeryville in North Wales, that offer routine and sophisticated testing and diagnostic services. Together these facilities serve more than 44,000 inpatients, 100,000 emergency patients and well over 500,000 outpatient visits annually.
About Advanta WTT Pro League
The 34th season of the Advanta WTT Pro League runs July 2-26, concluding with the Advanta WTT Finals on July 26 in Washington, D.C., where teams battle for the coveted King Trophy. WTT is well known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, co-ed format, multi-colored courts, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers and names on the back of players’ shirts. Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match. Advanta is the title sponsor of the Advanta WTT Pro League. Official Advanta WTT Pro League sponsors for the 2009 season include DecoTurf, FirmGreen Energy, GEICO, Turfer Athletic and Wilson Racquet Sports. The United States Tennis Association is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis. WTT and the USTA are teaming up on number of initiatives, including development of the youth market through junior team tennis programs.
For more information on the Advanta WTT Pro League, visit www.wtt.com.