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Schenectady Buzz and other WTT stuff

So Andy isn't playing for a little while but he and Agassi are playing tennis for World Team Tennis. Everyone in this forum is automatically a fan of the Schenectady Buzz because they are the team that plays literally 2 minutes walking from my house. The street my house is on is right across the road from the park where they play. I have seen and met many tennis stars in that park. Including Andy Roddick, Meghann Shaughnessy, Patrick McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lindsay Davenport..etc

I went and saw the Buzz last night and they lost that makes them 0-2 for the season...but who cares Anna is coming tomorrow and you guys are guaranteed to see pictures of that.

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ohh Naldo will be thrilled

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I still don't quite understand the concept of WTT. It just seems like a waste of time to me.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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um...... yea. pretty much!?!?!

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lol..guys! Sheesh! It's all about bringing Tennis to the people and promoting intrest in the sport. It's a great oppertunity to meet your favorite players up close and personal. Basically they try to make it like a league, like football, with all these teams and rosters and drafts. It just doesn't work that way, it's more just an oppertunity to see some tennis up close. It's quite different the setting of a slam or any other tourny because it's so small and personal, if you guys had it near you, you would see it's really great!

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Yeah SKyler, please tell me everything in detail about Anna please My friend will be thrilled about it as well. thanks man

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Yeah SKyler, please tell me everything in detail about Anna please My friend will be thrilled about it as well. thanks man
Naldo, pics, stories, and possibly video will be on the way!!

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omfg Skyler you ROCK. and my friend is gonna flip out with all these things you're gonna do. thanks A LOT she's been out for so long

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Well, this answers my question.

League is trailblazer of women, equal rights

World Team Tennis opens up its 24th consecutive year of league play this week, yet many sports fans are unaware of the league's influential history.

Some things to know:

A league of firsts:

Among other things, the groundbreaking WTT is the first league to have a female commissioner (Billie Jean King in 1984), the first professional sports league where men and women have equal roles and the first in pro tennis to play out let serves.

Hold off on the gold watch:

Martina Navratilova is playing her 16th WTT season, this year for the New York Buzz. She came up with the Cleveland Nets in '76. Navratilova, 47, also is chasing Jimmy Connors' mark as the oldest WTT player. Sure, Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times and has a ton of doubles crowns. But she also was WTT MVP from 1991-93, playing for the Atlanta Thunder.

Connors, who has a long WTT history, was a 48-year-old starter for the Philadelphia Freedoms in 2001. He won the 1991 rookie award and shared the 1993 MVP award with Trevor Kroneman.

The bride and groom wore white:

Tami Whitlinger and Kelly Jones met in 1991 while playing for the Capitals. They married in 1994 and played together again in 1996 with the Delaware Smash. Jones, a former No. 1 doubles player, has retired from the ATP Tour and is coaching the Hartford FoxForce's Mardy Fish among others. Whitlinger, 35, last played a Grand Slam event in 1997. Also, Kerry Melville Reid, winner of the 1997 Australian Open, and Raz Reid met in 1974 playing for the Boston Lobsters and married in 1976.

We are family:

Family ties in WTT play include brothers John and Patrick McEnroe (several times). Luke, Murphy and Rebecca Jensen (Explorers, '95). Doug and Ken Flach (Atlanta Thunder, '95) and coach Rick Flach (St. Louis Aces, '95). Bob and Mike Bryan and father/coach Wayne (Idaho Sneakers, '99); the Bryan twins are with the Newport Beach Breakers this year, and Wayne is in his third season as the Sacramento Capitals' coach. Venus and Serena Williams (2000). Jon and Rick Leach (several teams), father Dick (coach of the Breakers) and Jon's wife, Lindsay Davenport (Breakers, '03).

Wild matchs:

Teams are always in teh hunt. On Sept. 17, 1997 the Explorers were down nine games going into the final set. John Laffnie de Jager and Wesley Whitehouse then teamed up to defeat the WTT's top-seeded team. Richey Reneberg and Brian MacPhie 6-0. The match was tied in ovetime, and teh Explorers won teh Super-tiebreaker 7-3 to take the match 225-24.

Baby nova:

Maria Sharapova was the WTT's youngest player, at 15 years, 2 months in July 2002 when she made her debut with the Smash. She's back, with the Breakers, and July 14 plays her first match since winning Wimbledon.

Top this:

Newport Beach, then known as the Dukes, went 14-0 in 1994, led by serve-and-volley doubles star Larisa Neiland. She was also the season's MVP.


WTT at 24

What is World TeamTennis?
A summer league for professional players founded 30 years ago. Think of it as summer camp for pros tucked between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. There are five teams in the Eastern Conference and five in the Western. Each team plays 14 regular-season matches.

The medium is the message:
Think gender equity: founders Billie Jean King and Larry King wanted a co-ed league where men and women have equal roles when they launched WTT in 1974. It was a busy time for Billie Jean. The year before, she beat Bobby Riggs in three straight sets, then started the Women's Sports Foundation. Thirty years later, she still gets fired up about equal play and pay.

No formalities:
Billie Jean King says WTT matches are all about fun for fans and the players, and she points to the number of top pros who have joined her league each summer as proof. Martina, Monica, Jimmy, Andre, Boris, Bjorn, Venus and Serena. Go ahead and cheer, she says. If you catch a ball hit out, it's yours, just like at a baseball game. Also, like baseball or basketball, one player can sub in mid-game. Can you see that happening in Davis Cup?

Where:
East: Delaware (Wilmington) Smash, Hartford FoxForce, New York (Schenectady) Buzz, New York (Mamaroneck) Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms. West: Kansas City (Mo.) Explorers, Newport Beach (Calif.) Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield (Mo.) Lasers, St. Louis Aces.

When:
The season began Monday and runs through July 25. Teams then take a break until the semifinals Aug. 27 at the National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., with the final Aug. 28, two days before the U.S. Open begins. Full schedule available at www.worldteamtennis.com.

How it works:
Each team has two men, two women and a coach. Each match includes a set of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to win five games wins the set, with a tiebreaker for 4-all matches.

Who:
First- and second-tier pros from the ATP and WTA tours.

Title defense:
The Smash won in 2003 after Sacramento won from 1997-2000 and 2002.

Name-dropping:
Patrick Rafter is with the Freedoms, Andre Agassi is a Capital, Andy Roddick's an Ace and Anna Kournikova is an Explorer.

What might have been:
Agassi will play against St. Louis and Philadelphia but won't face Rafter, who's going against Springfield and St. Louis. Reserved seats for Rafter's July 21 outing in Philadelphia are sold out.


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Just about to sign off and found this, hope I'm not posting something someone else has already posted

Roddick won't be playing for the Aces this weekend
By Kathleen Nelson
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07/07/2004 The Aces suffered a blow when Andy Roddick was forced to withdraw from his appearances Friday and Saturday at Dwight Davis Tennis Center.

Roddick suffered a hip injury Sunday in his loss to Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon. Doctors advised Roddick to rest for at least 10 days, which would take the Aces to the midway point in their season. Aces general manager Jack Levitt said the short time frame left no room for Roddick to reschedule. Roddick's coach, Brad Gilbert, was scheduled to play for the Aces this weekend but also has withdrawn.

"Playing World TeamTennis is something I look forward to, because I have so much fun with my teammates and the fans," Roddick said in a statement. "You can't beat the energy you get from these crowds. I'm sorry to be missing this season but know that the fans will enjoy some great tennis from the rest of the St. Louis Aces and be supportive of this high-energy, extreme tennis."

Taking Roddick's place both nights will be up-and-comer Robby Ginepri, ranked 25th in this week's ATP ratings. Just 21, he was seeded 27th at Wimbledon this year and fell to Sebastien Grosjean in the fourth round. He has won one title on the ATP circuit, in Newport, R.I., last year. Ginepri has played with Roddick on the U.S. Davis Cup team, winning two matches against Austria to advance to the semifinals in September.

"I'm really pleased to get Robbie," Levitt said. "We are extremely disappointed for our fans and of course for Andy. We are fortunate to have a player of Robby Ginepri's status step in at a moment's notice. He's a great player. St. Louis fans will have an opportunity to see a dedicated U.S. Davis Cup player on the court for the Aces."

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I always worried when he hit the ball very hard.
Hope he can take a rest enough to prepare for summer hard court season.
He has to defend many tournament.
I want him to be healthy.
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that sucks, both for Andy and the fans. I hope it’s nothing serious.
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I hope that I'll will be ok soon and it isn't serious.

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