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Witten, Hingis Lead NY Sportimes Past Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-16, In World TeamTennis

NEW YORK – Jesse Witten and Martina Hingis each won a singles and doubles match as the NY Sportimes defeated the Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-16, in World TeamTennis action at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island Friday night.

The doubles team of Robert Kendrick and Witten ralled for at 5-3 win in the opening set, winning five of the last six games to top Luka Gregorc and Jordan Kerr.  Hingis then won a singles match over Kristyna Pliskova and mixed doubles with Kendrick, both by 5-3 counts, to lift the Sportimes’ advantage to 15-9.

But Philadelphia battled back behind twins Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova, who beat Hingis and Ashley Harkleroad, 5-2, to trim the Freedoms’ deficit to 17-14.

Witten completed the scoring with a 5-2 singles win over Gregorc for the final margin.

The Sportimes (2-1) visit the Kansas City Explorers on Sunday and Sacramento Capitals on Monday before returning to Randalls Island on Wednesday for a rematch vs. Philadelphia.  The Freedoms (1-2) host Springfield Saturday at Villanova. For more info, go to

World TeamTennis
NY Sportimes 22, Philadelphia Freedoms 16

Men’s Doubles – Robert Kendrick / Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Luka Gregorc/Jordan Kerr, 5-3
Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Sportimes) def. Kristyna Pliskova, 5-3
Mixed Doubles – Hingis/Kendrick def. Kerr/Karolina Pliskova
Women’s Doubles – Pliskova/Pliskova def. Ashley Harkleroad/Hingis, 5-2
Men’s Singles – Witten def. Gregorc, 5-2

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

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

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


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


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.

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McEnroe edges Borg but Philadelphia Freedoms rally to top New York Sportimes, 21-19

John McEnroe edged Bjorn Borg, 5-4, but the visiting Philadelphia Freedoms rallied past the New York Sportimes, 21-19, in World TeamTennis action on Thursday night at Sportime on Randall’s Island.

Trailing, 17-16, Philadelphia sent Beatrice Capra up against Martina Hingis in the women’s singles competition, which Capra claimed, 5-2, to give the Freedoms the win.

Philadelphia’s mixed doubles tandem of Lisa Raymond and Nathan Healey opened the match with a 5-4 win over Katie O’Brien and Travis Parrott. O’Brien and Hingis teamed to win women’s doubles, 5-2 over Raymond and Capra. Healey and Brendan Evans evened the match with a 5-3 men’s doubles victory over McEnroe and Parrott, before McEnroe’s win over Borg gave the Sportimes a slim edge entering the final event.

New York (6-3) hosts Springfield on Friday, while Philadelphia (1-8) returns home to face Boston.

Proceeds from the match benefited the John McEnroe Tennis Project.

World TeamTennis at New York

Philadelphia Freedoms 21, New York Sportimes 19
Mixed Doubles – Lisa Raymond/Nathan Healey (Phil.) d. Katie O’Brien /Travis Parrott, 5-4
Women’s Doubles – Martina Hingis/Katie O’Brien (N.Y.) d. Beatrice Capra/Lisa Raymond, 5-2
Men’s Doubles – Brendan Evans/Nathan Healey d. John McEnroe/Travis Parrott, 5-3
Men’s Singles – John McEnroe (N.Y.) d. Bjorn Borg, 5-4
Women’s Singles – Beatrice Capra (Phil.) d. Martina Hingis, 5-2

Bjorn Borg replaces Jimmy Connors on World Team Tennis and faces John McEnroe

Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg will step in to replace fellow tennis legend Jimmy Connors to face long-time rival John McEnroe in a World TeamTennis match on July 14 at Sportime Randall’s Island.  Borg and McEnroe will compete against each other that night when the defending Eastern Conference Champion New York Sportimes face the Philadelphia Freedoms.  Connors is not be able to participate due to a knee injury.

The evening will be a special benefit for The Johnny Mac Tennis Project, with tickets sold by the Project to raise funds to provide scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area. Recipients will attend the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which is completing its first year at Sportime Randall’s Island. Ticket prices for the match will be $250, $150 and $60; special VIP tickets are also available; please consult your tax advisor concerning the tax deductibility of ticket purchases. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 1-888-988-6921 or visit

This will be first WTT match in 17 years for Borg, who will be joining the Philadelphia Freedoms roster for the evening.  Borg last played WTT for the Atlanta Thunder in 1994.  Borg also played for the Cleveland Nets in 1977 and the Los Angeles Strings in 1993.

The storied rivalry between Borg and McEnroe was recently the subject of a documentary which also highlighted the legends’ contrasting personalities.  The centerpiece of the brief but enthralling rivalry between McEnroe and Borg was the epic 1980 Wimbledon final, which included an 18-16 tiebreaker in the fourth set. McEnroe won the tiebreaker but it was Borg who captured the fifth set and his fifth straight Wimbledon.

Borg won 63 singles titles, including 11 Grand Slam Championships, and also added four pro career doubles titles. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

“We are elated that Bjorn answered John’s call to step in for Jimmy on what will be a fun and important night for tennis in New York,” said Claude Okin, Sportimes CEO. “The relationship that Bjorn and John haves very special.  Theirs is truly one of the great rivalries in sports history, and seeing them both on court, in New York, next week will be a great treat for everyone there. And the funds we raise that night will be critical in helping us to assist talented young people in learning the great game of tennis in New York City.”

The July 14 WTT matchup will feature Borg and McEnroe competing against each other in men’s singles in the five set WTT coed team format.  Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis will also play for the New York Sportimes that evening as McEnroe’s fellow team member.

In other 2011 WTT matches, the Sportimes will host the Boston Lobsters on July 6 with Martina Hingis leading the Sportimes squad; the Sportimes will take on the St. Louis Aces on July 11; the Springfield Lasers come to NYC on July 15, with John McEnroe and Martina Hingis playing for New York; Serena Williams of the Washington Kastles will battle Martina Hingis when the Sportimes host their Eastern Conference rivals on July 20.  In addition to the home matches at the state-of-the art, 2,000 seat facility at SPORTIME Randall’s Island, the Sportimes will play two home matches in Albany, N.Y., at the SEFCU Arena: July 18 versus Kansas City starring the World No. 1 Bryan Brothers, and July 19 when the Sportimes take on the Washington Kastles featuring Serena Williams.

For more information on the facility, the John McEnroe Tennis Academy or the NY Sportimes, visit or

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 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

McEnroe – Connors excited to renew rivalry in World Team Tennis July 14 at Randall’s Island in New York

By Lindsay Gibbs

A rivalry will be renewed this summer as Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe face off on Randall’s Island on July 14. McEnroe’s New York Sportimes will face Connors’ Philadelphia Freedoms in a marquee night for the 36th season of World Team Tennis, ”A Season of Number Ones.”

It’s been ten years since the champions played each other on the World Team Tennis stage, and twenty since their last ATP match, a straight-sets win by McEnroe in the semifinals of Basel in 1991.  The two met 34 times over fourteen years on tour, with McEnroe leading the series 20-14.

The fervor of their rivalry defined a generation and certainly transcended the sport.  “There was nothing quiet about our rivalry… There was so much more that went into it than just the tennis,” Connors reflected on a conference call on Tuesday.  “I would have played him on crutches because that’s what it brought out in me… the desire to be better.”  The fans picked up on the intensity of the rivalry and McEnroe says he still has people come up to him and declaring “I still think Jimmy Connors is better looking than you.”

Today’s tennis fans are used to a much more cordial form of rivalry.  Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have set the precedent with a heated rivalry on-court but a very professional and friendly relationship off-the-court.  Connors says that he could “never see Mac and I doing a few things that those two have done. “ McEnroe, when talking about the state of the game today, said “if there’s a complaint it’s that everyone gets along too well.”

When asked for predictions on the current crop of top ATP players (Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Federer, and Andy Murray) and their prospects leading into Wimbledon, McEnroe said, “There’s a case to be made for all four.  It’s one of the most interesting Wimbledon’s in some time.”  The two Hall of Famers caused plenty of Wimbledon excitement themselves when they played, as Connors remembers his 1982 Wimbledon Final five-set victory over McEnroe as “probably my greatest performance.”

Both men are looking forward to renewing their rivalry in both singles and doubles on July 14th at Sportime Randall’s Island in New York City.  The evening will be a special benefit for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project , a program to assist the growth of tennis in New York City.     Tickets can be purchased by telephone (212‐792‐8500) or online at


Andy Roddick will play World Team Tennis for a sixth season this summer when he represents the Philadelphia Freedoms. Roddick, a Wimbledon finalist in 2009, talks to Harry Cicma, host of the New England Sports Network (NESN) television show “World Tennis with Harry Cicma” about his history of playing for the U.S.-based co-ed tennis league founded by Hall of Famer Billie Jean King in this video.

“World Tennis With Harry Cicma” is airing for a second season on the New England Sports Network (NESN) this year with five new shows that air on the third Saturday of each month from May through September. The thirty-minute television show with television personality Harry Cicma, features interviews and stories from the world of tennis, including one-on-one interviews with such stars as Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Ana Ivanovic and others.  In addition, the show will be available globally on the internet at and on the WorldTennisMagazine YouTube channel following its airing on NESN.

The New England Sports Network (NESN) is the flagship station for both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and is available on New England cable systems and nationally (in both standard definition and high definition through satellite TV providers DirectTV (Channel 628) and Dish Network (Channel 434). The Red Sox are a co-founder and majority owner (80 percent) of NESN with the Bruins owning the remaining 20 percent. NESN is delivered to over four million homes throughout New England and consistently receives higher ratings of any other national or regional sports channels in the region combined.


NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 16, 2010) – The defending World TeamTennis Champion Washington Kastles selected American Bobby Reynolds with the top overall selection in the 2010 WTT Roster Player Draft held today from WTT headquarters in New York City.  Players from 16 countries were selected in Tuesday’s Roster Draft as teams completed their lineups for the League’s 35th season beginning July 5.

Last month, teams selected an all-star lineup of marquee players including Martina Hingis (New York Buzz), Andy Roddick (Philadelphia Freedoms), Venus Williams (Washington Kastles), Serena Williams (Washington Kastles), James Blake (Boston Lobsters), Anna Kournikova (St. Louis Aces), Lindsay Davenport (St. Louis Aces), Maria Sharapova (Newport Beach Breakers), John McEnroe (New York Sportimes) and Kim Clijsters (New York Sportimes).

Reynolds, who was ranked as high as No. 63 in singles and No. 46 in doubles in 2009, is making a comeback after returning from a left wrist injury that sidelined him for the final three months of the ATP Tour season.  Reynolds joins a Kastles squad that includes Venus Williams, Serena Williams, former WTT Female MVPs Angela Haynes and Rennae Stubbs, along with 2009 Male MVP Leander Paes.

American Scoville Jenkins joins Martina Hingis on the New York Buzz lineup. Hingis, who will play the entire season for the Albany-based Buzz, is also joined by Sarah Borwell of Great Britain and rising US amateur Alex Domijan who played for the Buzz in 2009.

Jarmila Gadjosova Groth, the 2007 WTT Female Rookie of the Year, returns to Kansas City for her second WTT season.  The Explorers picked up Groth in the first round and added her husband Sam Groth with their fourth round selection.

The Sacramento Capitals picked up the 2009 Female MVP Vania King in a deal that sent their first-round draft pick Carly Gullickson to the Springfield Lasers.  This will be the second WTT season for Gullickson, who won the 2009 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship.

In other first round action, the Boston Lobsters protected fan favorite Jan-Michael Gambill while the New York Sportimes kept their rights to Robert Kendrick.

The World TeamTennis Pro League, which celebrates its 35th season this July, includes teams in 10 markets throughout the U.S.  Each team will play a total of 14 matches during the three-week regular season, July 5-22.  The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conferences advance to the WTT Conference Championships on July 23 with the winners playing for the WTT Championship on July 25.  Teams in the Western Conference are the Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, St. Louis Aces and Springfield Lasers.  Teams in the Eastern Conference are the Boston Lobsters, New York Buzz, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles.

The WTT Pro League was co-founded by Billie Jean King in the early 1970s.  Each team has a coach, two male and two female players who play singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

For details on the complete draft results and the 2010 schedule, visit

WTT ROSTER DRAFT – March 16, 2010 – NEW YORK, N.Y.


  1. # WASHINGTON KASTLES: Bobby Reynolds
  2. NEW YORK BUZZ: Scoville Jenkins
  3. ST. LOUIS ACES: Andrei Pavel
  5. % SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Carly Gullickson
  6. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Jan-Michael Gambill (protection)
  7. ^ KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS: Ricardo Mello
  8. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Robert Kendrick (protection)
  9. % SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Vania King (protection)
  10. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Leander Paes (protection)


  2. NEW YORK BUZZ: Sarah Borwell
  3. ST. LOUIS ACES: Liga Dekmeijere (protection)
  4. KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS: Kveta Peschke (protection)
  6. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Eric Butorac
  7. NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS: Julie Ditty (protection)
  8. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Jesse Witten (protection)
  9. SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Martin Damm (protection)
  10. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Rennae Stubbs (protection)


PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Noppawan Lertcheewakarn

NEW YORK BUZZ: Alex Domijan

ST. LOUIS ACES: Tripp Phillips (protection)



BOSTON LOBSTERS: Coco Vandeweghe


NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Abigail Spears (protection)

SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Chani Scheepers (protection)








BOSTON LOBSTERS: Raquel Kops-Jones (protection)


NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Ashley Harkleroad (protection)


~ WASHINGTON KASTLES: Angela Haynes (protection)



# Philadelphia Freedoms traded their first round draft pick to the Washington Kastles for the Kastles’ third round draft pick and financial consideration.

% Sacramento Capitals traded Carly Gullickson and 3rd round draft pick position to the Springfield Lasers for Vania King and the Lasers’ 4th round draft pick position.

^ The Newport Beach Breakers traded their first round draft pick to the Kansas City Explorers for the Explorers’ third round draft pick and financial consideration.


* The Newport Beach Breakers traded the rights for Ramon Delgado to the Philadelphia Freedoms for financial consideration.


@ The New York Buzz sold their fourth round draft position to the Sacramento Capitals for financial consideration.

~ The Sacramento Capitals have traded the rights for Angela Haynes to the Washington Kastles for financial consideration.

2010 WTT Pro League full rosters (including marquee and roster players)

BOSTON LOBSTERS: James Blake, Eric Butorac, Jan-Michael Gambill, Coco Vandeweghe, Raquel Kops-Jones.  Coach Bud Schultz.

KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS: Jarmila Groth, Sam Groth, Kveta Peschke, Ricardo Mello.  Coach: Brent Haygarth.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Prakash Amritraj, Ramon Delgado, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Courtney Nagle, Andy Roddick.  Coach:  Craig Kardon

NEW YORK BUZZ: Sarah Borwell, Alex Domijan, Martina Hingis, Scoville Jenkins.  Coach Jay Udwadia.

NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Kim Clijsters, Ashley Harkleroad, Robert Kendrick, John McEnroe, Abigail Spears, Jesse Witten.  Coach Chuck Adams.

NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS: Lester Cook, Julie Ditty¸ David Martin, Marie-Eve Pelletier, Maria Sharapova.  Coach Trevor Kronemann.

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Brett Joelson, Vania King, Dusan Vemic, Riza Zalameda.

ST. LOUIS ACES: Lindsay Davenport, Liga Dekmeijere, Anna Kournikova, Andrei Pavel, Tripp Phillips.  Coach: Rick Leach.

SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Martin Damm, Rik De Voest, Carly Gullickson, Chani Scheepers.  Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager.

WASHINGTON KASTLES: Angela Haynes, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Rennae Stubbs, Serena Williams, Venus Williams.  Coach: Murphy Jensen.


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  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


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)

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