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Kim Clijsters concludes WTT Comeback en Route to U.S. Open

King of Prussia, Pa. (July 22, 2009) – Kim Clijsters completed her debut World TeamTennis season, leading the St. Louis Aces to a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Clijsters, the 2005 U.S.Open Champion, is making her return to professional tennis after a two year hiatus following the birth of her daughter.

The match opened with women’s doubles featuring Clijsters and Liga Dekmeijere for the Aces against the Freedoms’ Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys. Clijsters appeared in top form as the Aces tandem earned a 5-2 victory over the Freedoms. The former world no.1 continued her dominant play in women’s singles with a decisive 5-3 win over 14 year old phenom Madison Keys. Clijsters completed her Philadelphia “trifecta,” partnering with Tripp Philips to earn a hardfought 5-4 win over Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles.

The men took center stage following halftime. Reading, PA resident Healey played perhaps his best tennis of the season for the Freedoms, dominantly defeating the Aces’ Mislav Hizak 5-1 in men’s singles. The Freedoms finished out their 2009 season with men’s doubles, where Hizak and Phillips of the Aces prevailed over Healey and Josh Cohen 5-3.

The Freedoms conclude their 2009 season with a record of 4-10. For full coverage of the Freedoms season in review, go to philadelphiafreedoms.com. Though the Freedoms are missing the 2009 World TeamTennis playoffs, be sure to follow all the action from the conference championships and the Advanta WTT Finals with live scoring on WTT.com. The conference championships take place on July 24 with the finals taking place in Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C. on July 26.

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

FINAL RESULTS:

(Home teams in capital letters)

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 (Aces) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Kim Cljisters\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 and Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Nathan Healey\Josh Cohen (Freedoms) 5-3

The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season featured 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 appeared during one home match in July.

The Freedoms play their matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening includes exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.

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.

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.

NY Sportimes defeat Freedoms in John McEnroe’s Return to Philadelphia

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

FINAL RESULTS:
(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.

Presenting Sponsor
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.

Charitable Partner
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.