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Andre Agassi and John McEnroe World TeamTennis matchup

Tennis Legends To Compete As Highlight Of World TeamTennis NY Sportimes vs. Boston Lobsters At Sportime Stadium; Proceeds To Benefit Young N.Y. Area Tennis Players

NEW YORK, April 30, 2012 – Tennis Hall of Famers Andre Agassi and John McEnroe and all-time great Martina Hingis will compete as part of the World TeamTennis matchup between the New York Sportimes and Boston Lobsters, the team announced today.  In a special benefit night on July 19, proceeds will go towards the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), to provide scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area.  The evening begins at 7 p.m. at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island.

Last year, McEnroe faced Bjorn Borg in the first JMTP benefit evening in front of a sold-out Sportimes Stadium crowd.

Johnny Mac Tennis Project recipients will attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its second year at Sportime Randall’s Island. Ticket prices for the match will be $250, $150 and $60; please consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of ticket purchases.  Tickets for the Benefit night on July 19, and for additional NY Sportimes home matches on July 10, 13, 18 and 25, can be purchased by calling 1-888-WTT-NYC1 or by visiting www.nysportimes.com.

“This year’s Johnny Mac Tennis Project Night will highlight three of the most popular and exciting players ever to play the sport,” said Sportime Clubs and NY Sportimes CEO Claude Okin.  “Andre Agassi has become a notable humanitarian and ambassador for tennis as a life changing opportunity.  We are thrilled that he will be part of this great night to benefit our efforts to improve the lives of young people and young players here in New York City.”

“I’m committed to giving opportunities to youngsters in the New York area to help them reach their full potential as tennis players and as people through the Johnny Mac Tennis Project,” said McEnroe.  “This night is critical in making the JMTP a success, and getting to face Andre in a WTT match will make it even more special.”

Agassi and McEnroe met four times while active on the ATP World Tour, each winning two matches.  McEnroe won in 1986 in Stratton Mountain, Vt., and in 1989 in Dallas, while Agassi was victorious in 1988 in Los Angeles and 1992 in the semifinals at Wimbledon.

“Youth tennis and education have always been extremely important to me,” said Agassi, who won 60 career singles titles.  Among those were eight Grand Slam crowns, including wins at all four major venues.  “I am proud to support John’s program and look forward to competing against him in an exciting match on July 19.”

This will be the fifth appearance in WTT for Agassi, who previously competed for the Sacramento Capitals from 2002-2004 and the Philadelphia Freedoms in 2009.

Bahar Uttam, Owner of the Boston Lobsters, explained, “It is the Lobsters’ pleasure and honor to be supporting what Sportime and John McEnroe are doing in New York, and, of course, we are thrilled to have all-time-great, Hall-of-Famer Andre Agassi joining our team for this 2012 season WTT match.  What a great night it will be.”

The July 19 WTT match will feature Agassi and McEnroe competing against each other in both men’s singles and in doubles in the five set WTT format.  Martina Hingis will also play for the New York Sportimes that evening as McEnroe’s team member; they will be joined by veteran New York Sportimes players Robert Kendrick, Jesse Witten and Ashley Harkleroad, three of the standouts who helped the squad reach the World TeamTennis finals in 2010.

The 2012 WTT regular season runs from July 9-28, with the top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advancing to the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, September 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

2012 SPORTIMES Home Schedule

July 10            Springfield Lasers, 7 p.m., at Sportime/Randall’s Island

(Sportimes – Martina Hingis)

July 13            Philadelphia Freedoms, 7 p.m., at Sportime/Randall’s Island

(Sportimes – Martina Hingis; Philadelphia – Ryan Harrison)

July 18            Philadelphia Freedoms, 7 p.m., at Sportime/Randall’s Island

(Sportimes – Martina Hingis)

July 19            Boston Lobsters, 7 p.m., at Sportime/Randall’s Island

(Sportimes – Hingis, McEnroe; Boston – Andre Agassi)

July 23            Washington Kastles, 7:30 p.m., at Albany/SEFCU Arena

(Sportimes – Hingis; Washington – Venus Williams)

July 24            Boston Lobsters, 7:30 p.m., at Albany/SEFCU Arena

(Sportimes – Hingis; Boston – John Isner)

July 25            Washington Kastles, 7 p.m., at Sportime/Randall’s Island

(Sportimes – Hingis, McEnroe)

Tickets for Sportimes matches are available by calling 888-WTT-NYC1 or by visitingwww.nysportimes.com.  For more information on matches in Albany, visitwww.NYSportimes.com/Albany or call 518-393-0440.

2012 Sportimes’ partners include USTA Eastern Section, GEICO, USTA, Wilson, DecoTurf, Principal Funds, SPORTIME Clubs, Tennis.com, Arizon Tennis Domes, NY Orthopedics, and Randall’s Island Park Alliance.

About the Johnny Mac Tennis Project

The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to expose young athletes in the greater New York metropolitan area to high level, competitive tennis by raising public and private funds in order to provide scholarships to attend a non-residential tennis academy/training facility, to obtain lessons and to fund the costs and expenses associated with travel to regional, national and international tournaments and on-site coaching at such tournaments.

Washington Kastles win WTT Eastern conference title: Keep win streak alive at 15

The Washington Kastles moved one step closer to their second World TeamTennis title and the first undefeated season in WTT Pro League history with a 23-15 victory over the Boston Lobsters in the WTT Eastern Conference Championship final.  The Kastles advance to Sunday’s WTT Finals presented by GEICO to face the winner of Saturday’s Western Conference Championship match.

Leander Paes, who was announced as the 2011 WTT Male MVP prior to the match, partnered with Rennae Stubbs to power past Boston’s Eric Butorac and Mashona Washington, 5-2, in the opening set.  That opening match set the tone for the rest of the first half as Stubbs and Arina Rodionova dominated Washington and her partner Irina Falconi in women’s doubles 5-1.  The Kastles cruised to a 15-5 halftime lead after Paes and Bobby Reynolds defeated Butorac and Jan-Michael Gambill in men’s doubles, 5-2.

Falconi tried to turn the tide in women’s singles as she faced off against WTT’s Female Rookie of the Year Rodionova.  Falconi jumped out to a 3-1 lead before Rodionova shifted gears and evened out the set at 4-4.  Falconi hit a crosscourt forehand winner for the 5-4 victory and the first set win for the Lobsters.

Gambill won men’s singles 5-3 to send the match into overtime.  Reynolds closed out Washington’s 15th consecutive victory by winning the first Overtime game to give the Kastles the 23-15 win.  The win gives 2011 Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen and his squad a shot at making WTT history in Sunday’s final.  No team in WTT history has ever gone undefeated throughout the entire regular and post-season.

The St. Louis Aces and the Sacramento Capitals face off for the Western Conference title at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 23.  The winner will play the Kastles at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24, for the King Trophy in the WTT Finals.  The Finals will be televised live on Tennis Channel and live streamed on http://video.wtt.com.

FINAL RESULTS FROM THE EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

(Home teams in capital letters)

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Boston Lobsters 23-15 (OT)

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Mashona Washington (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Arina Rodionova\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Irina Falconi\Mashona Washington (Lobsters) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Irina Falconi (Lobsters) def. Arina Rodionova (Kastles) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-3

Overtime – Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 1-0

Next Match: 7/23/2011

Western Conference Championship:  Sacramento Capitals @ ST. LOUIS ACES, 5:00 PM (EDT)

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Boston, St, Louis and Sacramento join Washington for WTT finals weekend in Charleston

The Sacramento Capitals are the final team to qualify for the 2011 WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO.  The Capitals defeated the Springfield Lasers 21-17 on Thursday evening to qualify as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.  Sacramento will face off against the St. Louis Aces on Saturday, July 23 at 5p.m. ET at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.o

Three of the four playoff spots were decided on the final night of the 2011 regular season.  The St. Louis Aces posted a 23-15 win over the Kansas City Explorers to earn the top seed in the West.  The Boston Lobsters overpowered the Newport Beach Breakers 22-14 to advance to Charleston, where they will take on the Washington Kastles for the Eastern Conference title.

Washington completed only the second undefeated regular season in WTT’s 36-year history with a 25-11 win over Philadelphia Freedoms on Thursday.  The only other team to finish 14-0 during the regular season was the 1994 Newport Beach Dukes.

For more information on the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, visit www.WTT.com/Finals.

SCHEDULE:  2011 WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO

July 22-24 – Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

Friday, July 22 – 7 p.m.:  Eastern Conference Championship –  #1 Washington Kastles (14-0) vs. #2 Boston Lobsters (7-7) — Live Video Streaming on http://video.wtt.com

Saturday, July 23 – 5 p.m.:  Western Conference Championship — #1 St. Louis Aces (8-6) vs. #2 Sacramento Capitals (8-6)

Sunday, July 24 – 5 p.m.:  WTT Finals – Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion — LIVE Broadcast on Tennis Channel // Live Video Streaming on http://video.wtt.com

 

World TeamTennis Pro League presented by GEICO – Results for Thursday, 7/21

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Philadelphia Freedoms 25-11

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Liga Dekmeijere\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Arina Rodionova\Rennae Stubbs (Kastles) def. Liga Dekmeijere\Beatrice Capra (Freedoms) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Nathan Healey\Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Arina Rodionova (Kastles) def. Beatrice Capra (Freedoms) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Brendan Evans (Freedoms) 5-2

ST LOUIS ACES def. Kansas City Explorers 23-15

Men’s Singles – Mark Philippoussis (Aces) def. Alex Kuznetsov (Explorers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Varvara Lepchenko (Aces) def. Jarmila Gajdosova (Explorers) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Alex Kuznetsov\Ricardo Mello (Explorers) def. Mark Philippoussis\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Varvara Lepchenko (Aces) def. Jarmila Gajdosova\Kveta Peschke (Explorers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) def. Alex Kuznetsov\Jarmila Gajdosova (Explorers) 5-2

Boston Lobsters def. NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS 22-14

Men’s Singles – Lester Cook (Breakers) def. Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Jan-Michael Gambill\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) def. Lester Cook\Travis Rettenmaier (Breakers) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Eric Butorac\Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Travis Rettenmaier\Marie-Eve Pelletier (Breakers) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Mashona Washington\Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Marie-Eve Pelletier\Anne Keothavong (Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Lobsters) def. Anne Keothavong (Breakers) 5-3

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Springfield Lasers 21-17

Men’s Singles – Dusan Vemic (Capitals) def. Greg A Jones (Lasers) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Vania King\Yasmin Schnack (Capitals) def. Carly Gullickson\Lilia Osterloh (Lasers) 5-0

Men’s Doubles – Greg A Jones\Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Mark Knowles\Dusan Vemic (Capitals) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Lilia Osterloh (Lasers) def. Vania King (Capitals) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Vania King\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Carly Gullickson\Rik De Voest (Lasers) 5-3

Standings

Eastern Conference              MP W L PCT MB

y – Washington Kastles           14  14  0 1.000  —

x – Boston Lobsters                 14  7  7 0.500  7

New York Sportimes              14  7  7 0.500  7

Philadelphia Freedoms            14  3  11 0.214  11

Western Conference                         MP W L PCT MB

y – St Louis Aces                    14  8  6  0.571  —

x – Sacramento Capitals          14  8  6  0.571  —

Kansas City Explorers            14  8  6  0.571  —

Newport Beach Breakers        14  4  10  0.286  4

Springfield Lasers                   14  4  10  0.286  4

x = Clinched playoff spot

y = Clinched #1 seed for Conference Championship

Next Matches: 7/22/2011

Eastern Conference Finals:  Boston Lobsters @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:00 PM (EDT) at Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Kastles remain unbeaten, top Sportimes, 23-15

The Washington Kastles kept their unbeaten season alive with a 23-15 victory over the New York Sportimes in World TeamTennis action at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island.  Serena Williams won her women’s doubles and mixed doubles matches, Leander Paes won his men’s doubles and mixed doubles and Bobby Reynolds was victorious in singles and men’s doubles to pace the victorious Kastles (13-0).

The mixed doubles team of Williams and Paes began with a 5-1 victory over Hingis and Travis Parrott, before Hingis gained a measure of revenge with a 5-3 singles victory over Williams to pull New York (7-7) to within 8-6.

The men’s doubles event followed, with Paes and  Reynolds teaming for a 5-2 victory that extended the Kastles’ margin to 13-8.  Williams and Rennae Stubbs topped Hingis and Katie O’Brien to give the Kastles a commanding 18-11 advantage.

Reynolds finished off the win with a 5-4 win over Jesse Witten.

The match concludes the regular season for the Sportimes, who now need a loss by the Boston Lobsters in their late match tonight at Sacramento or Thursday at Newport Beach, in order to qualify for the WTT Championship, Friday through Sunday in Charleston, S.C.

Washington hosts Philadelphia Thursday as it tries to complete the undefeated regular season.

Washington Kastles 23, New York Sportimes 15 at New York

Mixed doubles – Serena Williams/Leander Paes (Wash.) def. Travis Parrott/Martina Hingis, 5-1
Women’s singles – Martina Hingis (N.Y.) def. Serena Williams, 5-3
Men’s doubles – Bobby Reynolds/Leander Paes (Wash.) def. Travis Parrott/Jesse Witten, 5-2
Women’s doubles – Serena Williams/Rennae Stubbs (Wash.) def. Katie O’Brien/Martina Hingis, 5-3
Men’s singles – Bobby Reynolds (Wash.) def. Jesse Witten, 5-4

Serena Williams takes on tennis and the First Family in a Kastles’ win

In her first U.S. match in nearly two years, Serena Williams joined the Washington Kastles as they defeated the Boston Lobsters 25-10 in a thrilling evening overlooking the waterfront in Washington, D.C. Not only was there entertaining tennis, but the First Family was in attendance with Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

The evening began early, but “fashionably late” as Williams arrived late but took the court for a Kids’ Clinic for local youth organizations. As she was mobbed with photographers, the thing that stood out to me was her willingness to forget about the cameras and interact with the kids 1-on-1. Even though her time on-court was limited, it was not short on energy and optimism as she coached the kids to perfect their slice backhands and encouraged them to try missed shots again. The smiles on the kids’ faces told the whole story: they were excited to meet and hit with their idol.

Courtesy of: Kelyn Soong

As the Kastles’ players warmed up prior to the press conference, Coach Murphy Jensen also did not disappoint. During his serving drill, he was as audible as the capital letters in his twitter posts would have you believe. Williams also brought along her current coach, Sascha Bajin, who rallied with the players and acted as their temporary ball boy.

As the sun began to set over the Potomac River, the atmosphere was unique as first lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, attended the second home match of the Kastles. Sasha grooved to the changeover music, holding up “Refuse to Lose” signs while her sister and mother politely cheered and clapped points.

Courtesy of: Kelyn Soong

The women’s doubles tandem of Serena Williams and Rennae Stubbs took the court for the first match of the evening against Mashona Washington and Coco Vandeweghe. Even though Serena did not look like the former #1 and 13-time Grand Slam champion that she is, the Kastles’ ladies still came out victorious 5-2.

Courtesy of: Kelyn Soong

The men’s doubles featured Kastles’ players Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds versus Eric Butorac and Jan-Michael Gambill. The home team was in good form, quickly going up 4-0 before taking it to 5-1, bringing the score to 10-3.

With the men’s singles match occurring next, I expected only the men to take the court to warmup, but Serena jumped to her feet and warmed up Reynolds, while Butorac and Gambill warmed up on the opposite end. As much fun as it would have been to watch Serena take on Jan-Michael Gambill in the men’s singles match, it was Reynolds who did so and outplayed Gambill, 5-2.

At halftime, it looked like the First Family was leaving, but I quickly found out that they had met with the Kastles’ players and then returned to cheer on the mixed doubles team of Serena Williams and Leander Paes. For the first time in the evening, Williams seemed relaxed and chatty, taking on her old form pre-injury swiping anything that came her way and running down wide balls. From her press conference earlier in the evening, she addressed her foot fault fiasco as being “ages ago” and “so 2009.” Her renewed love for the sport was evident in Wimbledon as she broke down in tears on-court after her first round win and it was present here tonight as she smiled and danced her way to a win.

Courtesy of: Kelyn Soong

The women’s singles match concluded the evening and held the closest score all day, with Vandeweghe giving Williams good competition before going down 5-4 to take the final score to 25-10 for a Kastles’ win. Although Williams’ shot-making hasn’t faltered and her movement is deceptively quick, it’s her consistency that still needs improvement after being away from the game for almost one year. But if her renewed spirit is any indication, we will be seeing a lot more of Serena Williams this summer as she is set to play Stanford, Toronto, Cincinnati, and the U.S. Open next.

All photos provided by Kelyn Soong who is a freelance reporter and photographer. Follow his website here: http://kelynsoong.blogspot.com/ You can also follow Kelyn @Soongy12. 

N.Y. Sportimes declaw Boston Lobsters in World TeamTennis, 21-16

Martina Hingis won her singles and women’s doubles matches, pacing the New York SPORTIMES to a 21-16 World TeamTennis victory over the visiting Boston Lobsters at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island in Manhattan Wednesday night.

In men’s doubles, the SPORTIMES tandem of Jesse Witten and Greg Jones topped Jan-Michael Gambill and Eric Butorac, 5-3.  Hingis stretched New York’s lead with a 5-2 women’s singles victory over Coco Vandeweghe.  Men’s singles went to Gambill, who topped Witten, 5-3.  The mixed doubles team of Vandewegh and Butorac pulled Boston to within a point at 16-15 with a 5-3 win over Hingis and Jones, before Hingis and Abigail Spears finished off the victory with a 5-1 women’s doubles triumph over Vandeweghe and Mashona Washington.

With the win, New York avenged a loss to Boston in the season opener on Tuesday.

Both teams are in action on Thursday as the SPORTIMES visit Philadelphia, while the Lobsters travel to Washington.

World TeamTennis at New York

N.Y. Sportimes (1-1) def. Boston Lobsters (1-1), 21-16
Men’s Doubles: Jesse Witten/Greg Jones (N.Y.) d. Jan-Michael Gambill/Eric Butorac, 5-3
Women’s Singles: Martina Hingis (N.Y.) d. Coco Vandeweghe, 5-2
Men’s Singles:  Jan-Michael Gambill (Bos.) d. Jesse Witten, 5-3
Mixed Doubles: Coco Vandeweghe/Eric Butorac (Bos.) d. Martina Hingis/Greg Jones, 5-3
Women’s Doubles: Martina Hingis/Abigail Spears (N.Y.) d.  Coco Vandeweghe/Mashona Washington, 5-1

New York Sportimes start World Team Tennis home schedule Wednesday at Randall’s Island

By Lindsay Gibbs

The New York Sportimes will kick off their 2011 World Team Tennis season this week as they take on the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday night (in Boston) and make their home debut on Wednesday (July 6th) at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City at 7:00 PM.  Martina Hingis, the former world No. 1 and five-time major champion, will play for the Sportimes as they take on a Boston Lobsters team featuring former U.S. Davis Cupper Jan-Michael Gambill.

World Team Tennis is an innovative co-ed sports league that was co-founded by Billie Jean King. The competitive team atmosphere, multi-colored courts, mixture of stars, and integration of singles and doubles provides a fresh and energized take on the conventional tennis format.

The New York Sportimes have been competing in World Team Tennis since 2000. They are currently defending their 2010 Eastern Conference Championship and hope to win their second World Team Tennis Title this year to match the one they earned in 2005. The Sportimes 2011 team includes Martina Hingis, John McEnroe, Robert Kendrick, Katie O’Brien, Jesse Witten, and Abigail Spears and is coached by Fritz Buehning.

The Sportimes will play five matches at Randall’s Island (July 6, 11, 14, 15, 20), and two home matches in Albany at the SEFCU Stadium (July 18 and 19).  Many legends of the game will compete this year as World Team Tennis celebrates its 36th season, “A Season of Number Ones.” On July 14th at Sportime Stadium, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors will renew their heated rivalry when Connors’ Philadelphia Freedoms come to town. On July 20th Serena Williams and Martina Hingis will face off when the Washington Kastles come to Randall’s Island.

Ticket information and a full schedule for the highly anticipated New York Sportimes season can be found at www.NYSportimes.com You can also find out more information on the other nine World Team Tennis Teams and sixty-three matches happening around the country this summer at WTT.com.

HINGIS TO FACE CLIJSTERS AND WILLIAMS SISTERS IN WORLD TEAM TENNIS’ 35TH SEASON

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 11, 2010) – The 2010 World TeamTennis Pro League season will be highlighted by head-to-head matches between five former and current world No. 1 players – Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport and current world No. 1 Serena Williams – during the 3-week season, which starts July 5.  League officials released the 73-match season schedule for the 10 WTT franchises today.

Hingis, who plays for the New York Buzz, is scheduled to take on the Washington Kastles’ Serena Williams and Venus Williams, and Clijsters, who is a member of the New York Sportimes.  Venus Williams and the St. Louis Aces’ Lindsay Davenport will face off in St. Louis.

Each of the 10 teams will play 14 matches – seven home, seven away.  Eastern Conference teams are the 2009 WTT Champions Washington Kastles, Boston Lobsters, New York Buzz, New York Sportimes and Philadelphia Freedoms.  Western Conference teams are Newport Beach Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, St. Louis Aces, Springfield Lasers and Kansas City Explorers.  This summer marks the 35th season of the coed League which was co-founded in the 1970s by Billie Jean King.

The Marquee Player lineup for 2010 includes some of the biggest names in tennis, including Serena Williams (Washington Kastles), Venus Williams (Washington Kastles), Andy Roddick (Philadelphia Freedoms), Kim Clijsters (New York Sportimes), John McEnroe (New York Sportimes), Martina Hingis (New York Buzz), Lindsay Davenport (St. Louis Aces), Anna Kournikova (St. Louis Aces), Maria Sharapova (Newport Beach Breakers) and James Blake (Boston Lobsters).

Hingis is returning to WTT action for the first time since 2006 and will face some of the WTA Tour’s biggest current stars this July.  Hingis, who is playing the entire season for the Albany-based New York Buzz, will try to even her head-to-head record with Serena Williams during a special road match at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y., on July 9.   Hingis will play the remaining six home matches at the team’s regular home venue, SEFCU Arena at the University at Albany (July 5, 6, 13, 14, 16, 20).  Hingis, a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, hits the road for seven matches including visits to Washington DC (July 7 vs. Venus Williams, July 12), Boston (July 11), Springfield (July 17), New York Sportimes (July 19 vs. Kim Clijsters), Philadelphia (July 21), and St. Louis (July 22).

Venus Williams, who was traded from the Philadelphia Freedoms to the Washington Kastles prior to last month’s Marquee Player Draft, will play three matches for the Kastles.  She starts her 7th WTT season at home for the Kastles on July 7 before returning to Philadelphia on July 8 to take on her former team.  Venus finishes her season in St. Louis on July 10 when she takes on the Aces and 3-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport.

Serena Williams teams up with her Kastles squad for four matches – one at home and three on the road.  The first is a highly anticipated showdown against Martina Hingis and the New York Buzz in Glens Falls, N.Y.  Serena leads their career head-to-head series 7-6.  Serena plays in Philadelphia on July 13, Washington DC on July 14 and in New York City against the New York Sportimes on July 15.

WTT veteran Lindsay Davenport returns for her 9th season and her first with the Aces since 2001.  Davenport will play 10 matches including six at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis (July 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 17).  Davenport is scheduled to battle Venus Williams on July 10 when the Aces host the Washington Kastles.  Davenport opens up the season on the road on July 5 in Springfield, followed by away matches in Sacramento on July 14, Newport Beach on July 15 and Kansas City on July 18.

Kournikova returns for her eighth WTT season and her third with the St. Louis Aces.  The former world no. 1 doubles star will play four matches for the Aces.  Kournikova opens the season at home when she will team with Lindsay Davenport.  Kournikova plays road matches on July 19 in Boston, July 20 in Philadelphia and July 21 in Washington, DC.

John McEnroe marks his 10th year in the WTT Pro League with five matches, including two at home at Sportimes’ Stadium at Randall’s Island on July 12 and July 19.  The July 19 match will be an all-star showcase as McEnroe will be joined by new Sportimes’ teammate and 2009 US Open Champion Kim Clijsters to take on the Hingis-led New York Buzz.  McEnroe also plays in Albany against the Buzz on July 13, July 20 in Washington DC, and July 22 in Newport Beach.  This is second WTT season for Clijsters who was acquired by the Sportimes in an off-season trade with the St. Louis Aces.

2010 top draft pick Andy Roddick debuts for the Philadelphia Freedoms on the road with a July 14 match against the New York Sportimes.  Roddick takes to the Freedoms’ new court at Villanova University on July 15 when the Freedoms host the Boston Lobsters.

Maria Sharapova, who first played WTT as a 14-year-old, will play one home match on July 20 in Newport Beach when the Breakers host the Kansas City Explorers.

Former Harvard All-American James Blake returns to Boston as a member of the Boston Lobsters for one home match on July 8 and one road match against the New York Sportimes on July 7.

Team lineups will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 16 at 11am EST on WTT.com.  Marquee players typically play a limited schedule while roster players play the full 3-week season.

World Team Tennis Final Results – Kastles Round Out The Playoff Field

With their 21-14 win tonight over the Springfield Lasers, the Washington Kastles clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will face the New York Sportimes on July 24 in Washington, D.C.  The top-seeded Sportimes reached an agreement with the Kastles for the Advanta WTT Eastern Conference Championship to be held at Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C., which will also be the site of the Advanta WTT Finals on July 26.

The Advanta WTT Western Conference Championship will take place on July 24 in Springfield, Mo. when the Springfield Lasers host the Newport Beach Breakers.  The winners of the Conference Championship matches advance to the Advanta WTT Finals.

Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Wednesday, 7/22

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

BOSTON LOBSTERS def. New York Buzz 20-16

Mixed Doubles – James Auckland\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def. Ryan Lipman\Sloane Stephens (Buzz) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Sloane Stephens (Buzz) def. Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Alex Domijan (Buzz) 5-0

Women’s Doubles – Mallory Burdette\Sloane Stephens (Buzz) def. Stephanie Foretz\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – James Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Alex Domijan\Ryan Lipman (Buzz) 5-4

St Louis Aces def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 21-17

Women’s Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Liga Dekmeijere (Aces) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Kim Clijsters (Aces) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. Mislav Hizak (Aces) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Mislav Hizak\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Josh Cohen\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-3

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Springfield Lasers 21-14

Men’s Doubles – Scott Oudsema\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Martin Damm\Raven Klaasen (Lasers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Nadia Petrova (Kastles) def. Vania King (Lasers) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Scott Oudsema (Kastles) def. Raven Klaasen (Lasers) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Vania King (Lasers) def. Rennae Stubbs\Nadia Petrova (Kastles) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Nadia Petrova\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Liezel Huber\Martin Damm (Lasers) 5-2

NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS def. Kansas City Explorers 24-15

Men’s Singles – Mike Russell (Explorers) def. Ramon Delgado (Breakers) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Julie Ditty\Maria Sharapova (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Meghann Shaughnessy (Explorers) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Maria Sharapova\Kaes Vant Hof (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Dusan Vemic (Explorers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Maria Sharapova (Breakers) def. Meghann Shaughnessy (Explorers) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Ramon Delgado\Kaes Vant Hof (Breakers) def. Mike Russell\Dusan Vemic (Explorers) 5-2

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. New York Sportimes 22-14

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Coco Vandeweghe (Capitals) def. Jesse Witten\Christina Fusano (Sportimes) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Angela Haynes\Coco Vandeweghe (Capitals) def. Abigail Spears\Christina Fusano (Sportimes) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-0

Women’s Singles – Abigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Angela Haynes (Capitals) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Mark Knowles\Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-3

Standings

Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB

y – New York Sportimes         14  10  4 0.714  —

x – Washington Kastles         14  7  7 0.500  3

Boston Lobsters            14  7  7 0.500  3

Philadelphia Freedoms      14  4  10 0.286  6

New York Buzz              14  4  10 0.286  6

Western Conference MP W L PCT MB

y – Springfield Lasers         14  12  2  0.857  —

x – Newport Beach Breakers     14  9  5  0.643  3

Sacramento Capitals        14  6  8  0.429  6

Kansas City Explorers      14  6  8  0.429  6

St Louis Aces              14  5  9  0.357  7

x = Clinched Playoff Spot

y = Clinched #1 seed for Conference Championship

Next Matches: 7/24/2009

Washington Kastles @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:00 PM (EDT)

Newport Beach Breakers @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:05 PM (CDT)

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

Navratilova leads Boston Lobsters to an overtime victory over Philadelphia Freedoms

King of Prussia, Pa. (July 20, 2009) – Playing in her 20th World TeamTennis season, tennis legend Martina Navratilova led the Boston Lobsters to a 23-18 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Navratilova, a 31- time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, along with partner Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Wayne, Pa native Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys 5-2. Navratilova partnered with James Auckland but they were unable to overcome the Freedoms’ Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles. The Freedoms prevailed 5-4, forcing overtime, where the Lobsters won the first game to decide the match in their favor.

In the opening set, Philadelphia’s Josh Cohen made his 2009 debut for the Freedoms to lead them to a win in men’s doubles. Cohen teamed with Nathan Healey take down the Lobsters team of James Auckland and Jan-Michael Gambill 5-3.

In women’s singles, Stephanie Foretz of the Lobsters got revenge against Keys from their July 12th match in Boston when Foretz prevailed 5-3. In Freedom stadium tonight, Foretz battled back from a 1-3 deficit to defeat Keys on her home court 5-3. Riding on the wave of momentum, Jan-Michael Gambill rallied to beat Healey for the third time this season. He secured a solid 5-3 win for the Lobsters in men’s singles.

The Freedoms play their final home match of the season this Wednesday, July 22 when former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces visit Freedoms Stadium. Cljisters is playing the 2009 World TeamTennis season in preparation for her return to the pro tour leading up to the 2009 U.S. Open. Tickets for the final home match can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.

Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Monday, 7/20

FINAL RESULTS:
(Home teams in capital letters)
Boston Lobsters def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18 OT
Men’s Doubles – Josh Cohen\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. James
Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms)
5-3

Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms)
5-3

Women’s Doubles – Martina Navratilova\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def.
Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4

Mixed Doubles- Overtime- Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 1-0.

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
Wednesday, July 22 St. Louis Aces (Clijsters) at Phildelphia Freedoms
Match Begins 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.