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Schenectady Buzz and other WTT stuff

07-07-2004, 02:08 PM
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.

07-07-2004, 02:23 PM
ohh Naldo will be thrilled;)

07-07-2004, 03:19 PM
I still don't quite understand the concept of WTT. It just seems like a waste of time to me.

07-07-2004, 03:21 PM
um...... yea. pretty much!?!?!

07-07-2004, 05:35 PM
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!

07-07-2004, 05:35 PM
Yeah SKyler, please tell me everything in detail about Anna please :sad: My friend will be thrilled about it as well. thanks man :hug:

07-07-2004, 05:40 PM
Yeah SKyler, please tell me everything in detail about Anna please :sad: My friend will be thrilled about it as well. thanks man :hug:

Naldo, pics, stories, and possibly video will be on the way!! :)

07-07-2004, 05:44 PM
:rocker2: omfg Skyler you ROCK. and my friend is gonna flip out with all these things you're gonna do. thanks A LOT :hug: she's been out for so long :sad:

07-07-2004, 05:51 PM
yea..not prob!

07-07-2004, 07:30 PM
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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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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07-07-2004, 08:03 PM
wow great article Tangy!

07-08-2004, 05:07 AM
Just about to sign off and found this, hope I'm not posting something someone else has already posted :unsure: :sad:

Roddick won't be playing for the Aces this weekend
By Kathleen Nelson
Of the Post-Dispatch

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."


07-08-2004, 05:45 AM
Andy :sad:
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. :)

07-08-2004, 10:12 AM
:sad: that sucks, both for Andy and the fans. I hope it’s nothing serious.

07-08-2004, 12:00 PM
:sad: Andy :sad:
I hope that I'll will be ok soon and it isn't serious.

07-08-2004, 01:20 PM
He better be ok for Indy and other tournaments godddddddddddddd Andy get some rest and don't do anything stupid!!!!

07-08-2004, 02:22 PM
Oh God, poor Andy :sad:
Hopefully its nothing too serious and he can be in tip top shape for the hardcourts :hug:

07-08-2004, 02:26 PM
yeah *Sigh* I guess an update from Andy's or Brad's sites would be too much to ask for huh? lol... anyway hopefully like you said Jen it's not serious and it's just something where they said "ok let's not take the risk of playing WTT since the other stuff is too important" but not like Mardy where he really had to be off the court for weeks.

Please Andy don't take this as a green light to eat as much beer and pizza as you want!!!

We'll help you feel better :smooch: haahaa

07-08-2004, 02:29 PM
Please Andy don't take this as a green light to eat as much beer and pizza as you want!!!

07-08-2004, 02:55 PM
I think the hip injury is just an excuse he is just tired. Robby rocks!! That's all I have to say and anyone who got to see Ginepri was in for a treat!

07-08-2004, 02:58 PM
well I hope you're right but Andy's too dedicated to the fans. SO many times has he played when maybe he shouldn't because of his sense of obligation. WTT is just a hit-and-giggle so maybe it's not the same as playing a tournament but still... well I hope you're right... cmon Dougie work your magic! ;)

07-08-2004, 03:11 PM
lol Doug Spreen! Well yea, I do think it's sorta bs, and he's got to be tired. He's played almost every year he was a pro(Andy) in WTT. So maybe it was time to relax, and besides it doesn't mean too much. We just have to hope Andy can pickup one of the masters this summer and shows up at USO!!

Andy ways,lol, the Buzz lost again last night, tonight they face the Kansas City Explorers featuring Anna Kournikova!! Go Buzz! It might rain and if it does, no Anna:explode:...awww...but Martina will be here next week!

07-08-2004, 03:14 PM
awww well for you I'll be hoping the rain stays away lol

and I still hope you're right about the injury being nothing serious.

07-08-2004, 03:24 PM
Yea, I don't think so! He did all those interviews, he was moving so well, and it's not like one of those things you can play through(ask Guga), it's like a wrist injury or sumtin'. When the hip goes, you are done. So it's either something really mild or not at all.

I bet Andy is practicing as we speak....*flashes to Andy's courts behind his house* Andy is hitting grounds strokes against a backboard with a giant Federer picture on it, Andy mutters,"Your going down! Down down to China town!". Andy yells "Brad call Domino's and tell them to make it a double it's a gonna be a long day!!" *flashes back*....see he's fine!!

07-08-2004, 03:29 PM
Yea, I don't think so! He did all those interviews, he was moving so well, and it's not like one of those things you can play through(ask Guga), it's like a wrist injury or sumtin'. When the hip goes, you are done. So it's either something really mild or not at all.

Well the way I interpreted it, and obviously we have no way of knowing for sure (cmon update us and tell us what's going on lol), it was something that surfaced AFTERWARDS. like he woke up the next day and was like "oh fuck...." To me, it doesn't sound like it was something he was experiencing while playing.

07-08-2004, 03:31 PM
oh alright...well, still Bunk, it's probably nothing. If it was his shoulder, I would be like :eek: that's a career ender.

07-08-2004, 03:33 PM
well plenty of people's careers have been ended because of hip injuries. So again I hope you are right I hope it's nothing serious.

You know me, chronic worrier :)

07-08-2004, 04:01 PM
yea..shush and watch that video!

07-08-2004, 04:38 PM
Is Andy still going to play RCA? I just want to make sure.
He is just not going to play WTT right?

Hope hip injury is not serious.

07-08-2004, 04:42 PM
hi Nishy,
I haven't seen anything that says he will not play RCA.... it's still over a week away, so he has time to decide. Let's hope so though!!!!

07-08-2004, 04:45 PM
Thank you bunk.
My friend told me so she might misunderstand.

Take a rest Andy.

J. Corwin
07-08-2004, 06:28 PM
I don't think he would say he has a hip injury just so he could miss the WTT. :) It's too bad a problem. He would have said he has a little strain in the shoulder or foot or something else likewise mild. "Hip injury" just sounds bad. I hope it's more like a hip...fatigue? around the area cramps?

07-08-2004, 06:40 PM
hmm...Jace stop scaring's nothing at all, nothing, Andre injury is something and even he's playing WTT, trust me it's nothing.

J. Corwin
07-08-2004, 07:01 PM
Fumus...I'm not scaring anyone. Notice the :) smilie. I'm sure it's nothing at all. Just harmless speculation on my part. I think he shouldn't have lablelled it "hip injury" in the first place.

07-08-2004, 07:01 PM
:scared: :sad: :scared: :sad:

J. Corwin
07-08-2004, 07:05 PM
awww....BIG HUGS :hug: :hug: lord...kum-ba-ya......

07-08-2004, 07:06 PM
lol awww :hug: :smooch:

07-08-2004, 07:13 PM
lol yay!!

07-08-2004, 07:16 PM
:sad: you have no clue how i started freaking out when i read something about it in tangy's post. i was like wtf?! :eek:
hope he gets better and he better still have those abs. this better not be serious :sad:

07-08-2004, 08:12 PM
I'm so sorry for Andy. I hope he gets well soon.

07-08-2004, 09:30 PM
I don't think he would say he has a hip injury just so he could miss the WTT. :) It's too bad a problem. He would have said he has a little strain in the shoulder or foot or something else likewise mild. "Hip injury" just sounds bad. I hope it's more like a hip...fatigue? around the area cramps?

Yeah he could have just said that he twisted his ankle when he tripped over a stray pizza box. :)

07-08-2004, 09:59 PM
:haha: cause god knows how many of those are lying around

07-08-2004, 11:01 PM
Yeah he could have just said that he twisted his ankle when he tripped over a stray pizza box. :)

:lol: :bigclap: :lol:

07-09-2004, 03:17 AM
finally... I dont know what to make of this or not :(

No Aces For Andy
by: Scot Hirschfield

7/8/2004 --

By now many of you have learned that Andy cannot participate this weekend for the St. Louis Aces in World Team Tennis. To all our St. Louis members who have tickets, and others who were planning to see Andy this weekend, we definitely sympathize. This was a hot ticket, considering it was to be Andy's first public appearance since his borderline epic battle with Roger Federer this past Sunday in the Wimbledon Finals.

The truth is...Andy loves playing World Team Tennis. He has been playing in the league every year during his professional career. In fact, his first season, with the Idaho Sneakers, Andy was still basically competing as a junior player. One of his teammates at the time was his good friend, Levar Harper-Griffith, and in addition to being Rookie of the Year, Andy had a blast.

This 2004 season would have been Andy's third consecutive term for the Aces. He was very much looking forward to this stop on the ride. He even committed one more extra night than was originally planned when he found out that Brad Gilbert's wife, Kim, grew up in St. Louis. This gave player and coach the opportunity to play together in a fun and friendly environment, and enjoy a summer weekend in St. Louis.

The Aces are owned by Jack Levitt. Mr. Levitt is an avid tennis fan who works extremely hard doing everything (and I mean everything) to operate the franchise. From the very beginning, Andy and Mr. Levitt have gotten along great, and were certainly looking forward to another exciting few days together.

Andy began feeling soreness in his left hip flexor during the finals on Sunday. This pain in no way affected his play. Adrenaline was pumping in his veins, as was evidenced by his high-energy play throughout the match. The pain did not set in until hours after the match. When Andy returned home to Austin, the pain did not subside, and he was advised to rest, and not play for 10-12 days. His next scheduled event is the upcoming RCA Championships in Indianapolis where Andy will be defending his title.

Fortunately for all the Aces fans, and certainly those with tickets, The Aces did the best they could possibly do given these difficult circumstances. They obtained Robby Ginepri to play two matches. While he does not have as high of a profile as Andy, Ginepri is one of the most exciting young Americans on the Tour, and at 29 in the world, is the 6th highest American behind Roddick, Agassi, Fish, Spadea and Dent. He is also the youngest of this group, and will be a top tour player for years to come.

Good luck Aces...Hopefully, Andy will return to the Aces next year.

For all those attending World Team Tennis around the country, write to the messageboard about your experience. It's a fun league, with great tennis.

07-09-2004, 03:30 AM
good article bunk...I have tons of pics for you guys! Anna was great! She was really nice and she stayed signed autographs and I talked with her.No pic with her for me! :( but I did get a balled signed!

07-09-2004, 03:38 AM
Skyler, any video clips as well? But if there isn,t its quite alright, the pics will do just fine :drool:

07-09-2004, 04:28 AM
but I did get a balled signed!

Was this a good old fashioned Freudian slip?

07-09-2004, 03:09 PM
lol, Star you can't make jokes like that!! hahaha..:lol:

No, she just signed A K on a tennis ball..

Naldo all I have are pics but I have alot alot alot of them, so hopefully tonight or tomorrow, I can post some.

07-09-2004, 03:29 PM
ok, pics are good enough :rocker2:

07-09-2004, 03:52 PM
Yea, I said hello to her. I was like how are you she said "good". Then she caught me completely off guard and said, you look like you play tennis. I was like speechless, "ummm..yea, all the time", and she said "keep playing, nice to meet you!" by that point she had finished signing my ball. I probably could have gotten a picture it's just there were soo many people and they told me not too, even though...other people did get pics with her...I was like arg!:( The cool thing is I met her and got a ball signed, that was sweet!

07-09-2004, 03:55 PM
:rocker2: I wanna get a ball signed as well, I guess I just have to wait 1 more month:p and kinda get lucky as well :scared: some fans are psychotic

07-09-2004, 04:02 PM
yea, she was really nice and really cool, she really kicked ass when she played. Everyone thought she was going to suck, like Anna won a point lol. Then like she started to do ridiculous stuff at the net and her strokes were awesome!! Everyone was like da-da-damn...Anna can play!

07-09-2004, 04:04 PM
Well of course Anna can play :rocker2: even though she doesnt have any titles to her name (so weird :retard: ) she had some crazy talent, and she's still one of the greatest talents of the players playing the game atm.

07-09-2004, 04:05 PM
yea, well she has doubles titles, she has wins over great players! She has amazing looks and a little tattoo on her back...wowwowowowowowowowowowowowo

07-09-2004, 04:13 PM
well I meant singles titles, I know she's got doubles titles;) she was part of one of the greatest doubles team: Kournikova/Hingis :drool::worship:

07-09-2004, 05:22 PM
My favorite women not in any order at all!!

Anna :worship:


Dokic :worship:


Sharapova :worship:

Golovin :worship:

07-09-2004, 07:02 PM
Almost all of them are BLONDE :lol:

07-09-2004, 08:39 PM
LOL jennay, just what i was about to say.

Fumus, who do you think is better-looking: Anna or Maria? I think Anna is really very beautiful.

07-13-2004, 02:18 PM
Anna is better looking, Anna has super-model looks. Maria is just a hottie..

Sorry about pics Naldo, they will be posted as soon as I get some time to load them off my cam. It's like when I get home, I don't want to touch a computer after being on them all day. I will do it for you tonight though! I promise!

07-13-2004, 02:20 PM
;) Not a problem Fumus. And you think Sharapova is a hottie?:scared: I seriously don't see anything in her that's remotely 'hot". for a 17 year old, her skin looks gross and ages her a heck of a lot when people take shots of her close up.

07-13-2004, 02:27 PM
Wow Naldo! lol, I don't know what kinda girls there are up in Canada(Pam came from Canada) but around here, Maria is pretty hot. She's no Dokic, lol, but, she's hot for sure.

07-13-2004, 02:31 PM
I don't see it :shrug: she isn't ugly, obviously, but I wouldn't call her a hottie. just my taste:p

07-13-2004, 02:36 PM
No she's a hottie, I mean, look at it this way you would probably do her before you do alot of other girls around the tour, e.g. Carolina Sprem, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justine-Henin Hardenne, etc etc. Maria is probably one of the hottest looking on tour right now! She's is not in the same league as Anna, Anna is one of the best looking people to play tennis, if not the best, bar none. Anna is one of the best looking women in the world. Maria is just good looking. It's like comparing the talents of Safin and the talents of a no name qualifier, the qualifier is a damn good tennis player, no doubt, but Safin is one of the best in world.. :cool:

07-13-2004, 02:49 PM
Well I don't expect every person in the WTA to be hot, lmao. Of course if we compare Maria to the WTA players, yeah she is amongst the tops when talking about looks, but I'm talking broader:p like compared to women we see everyday. imo Anna and Jelena are not only hot in the tennis world, but on a broader view as well. Anyways, let's get back to the topic.

The St. Loius Aces suck every year (Andy alone can't be their savior when every other player in their team suck like ass) and the fact that he's missing this year makes them lose by an even greater margin that they used to :lol: Every team should have two top name players (Andy and Anna on the same team would own. Andy can easily win all his singles matches with greater ease now that he used to, and Anna can win both her doubles matched:D)

07-13-2004, 02:56 PM

Delaware Smash 5 4 1 0.800 0
Hartford FoxForce 4 3 1 0.750 0.5
New York Buzz 6 2 4 0.333 2.5
Philadelphia Freedoms 6 2 4 0.333 2.5
New York Sportimes 6 1 5 0.167 3.5


Sacramento Capitals 5 5 0 1.000 0
Newport Beach Breakers 5 4 1 0.800 1
Kansas City Explorers 4 2 2 0.500 2.5
Saint Louis Aces 5 2 3 0.400 3
Springfield Lasers 6 1 5 0.167 4.5

The buzz are 2 and 4. Sacremento is nasty this year they are 5 and 0, Delaware is 4 and 1.

07-13-2004, 02:57 PM
NY sport times is 1 and 5, the lazers are 1 and 5 as well, wow I thought the Buzz were the worst team lol...

J. Corwin
07-13-2004, 06:32 PM
Can't help it if Robby Ginepri loses to a Futures player. :p

07-13-2004, 06:47 PM
he's not a 100%, it WTT!! lol, Robby he doesn't mean it, we all love you, you rock, you won a title last year, what did Mardy win? Stockholm, bleh? Who made it further in Wimbly, Robby!!!

J. Corwin
07-13-2004, 06:53 PM
I knew you'd come in and defend Robby, lol. :lol:

Well he should have played enough to win. But he didn't. hmmm...;)

07-13-2004, 06:56 PM
lol how do you know he lost anyways, maybe he won and the rest of the team caved in.

J. Corwin
07-13-2004, 10:52 PM
I know cuz Caro told us in chat a few nights ago. lol I think the score was 5-4(4) that he lost by.

07-13-2004, 11:16 PM
you can see the results at the WTT site silly Fumus

07-14-2004, 12:21 PM
silly Fumus is that like Rabbit, lol, I didn't think you could see indivdual scores, only team scores silly Bunk, wheres my t-shirt? lol

damn, I am trying to post the anna pics and I can't...I will try later..

07-16-2004, 01:12 PM
damn it, it keeps freezing I think I am going to have to compress the pics..sorry Naldo.

07-16-2004, 03:54 PM
No problem.:)

07-19-2004, 02:41 PM
Naldo why don't you im me on msn and I can send it like that because it just doesn't like these pics.

07-19-2004, 02:42 PM
just msn me, like durning one of these nights this week. The pics are great, I feel bad they won't post.

07-19-2004, 04:56 PM
Ok, next time I find you online, you can send me the pictures.:)

07-19-2004, 05:05 PM
yes sir!