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World Team Tennis (July 6-30, 2006)

06-21-2006, 09:06 PM
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T.V. Schedule:, TTC To Air WTT Matches
By Tennis Week

Pete Sampras will launch his return to professional tennis with the Newport Beach Breakers next month and Sampras' inaugural World TeamTennis season will be the centerpiece of WTT television coverage on both The Tennis Channel and OLN, which will both televise matches throughout July and August.

OLN, which will be renamed the "Versus" network starting in September, will televise two of Sampras’ WTT matches, including the early season contest with Newport Beach and five-time WTT champions the Sacramento Capitals, and Newport Beach’s late season match against the Houston Wranglers. OLN will air the Boston Lobsters match against the reigning WTT champions, the New York Sportimes, which will feature last year’s WTT finals MVP Martina Hingis for the Sportimes and WTT newcomer and men’s tennis standout Todd Martin competing for Boston. OLN will also feature a match with the Philadelphia Freedoms, led by Venus Williams, taking on Houston. OLN will air the championship match from this season’s WTT finals with the top two teams in the league battling for the King Trophy.

In addition to matches on OLN, The Tennis Channel will carry three WTT matches, including the New York Sportimes traveling to Boston to face Martina Navratilova and the Lobsters, and the Springfield Lasers contest with Anna Kournikova and the Sacramento Capitals. The Tennis Channel also will carry the Newport Beach match against Houston which features Sampras. As in previous seasons, The Tennis Channel will complement its 2006 WTT coverage with a classic WTT match each week during the season. This year’s weekly classic matches take place Wednesdays, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. WTT veteran Luke Jensen will lead the commentating team for all WTT matches. Former tour standout Katrina Adams will join him for several telecasts.

"We are thrilled to be part of the growing collection of quality sports programming on both OLN and The Tennis Channel," said Ilana Kloss, WTT CEO/Commissioner. "Like World TeamTennis, OLN has continued to push the envelope and we feel the WTT brand of tennis is a perfect fit for the new direction of the network. The Tennis Channel has been a great partner with WTT for years and is a champion for our sport."

OLN World TeamTennis Schedule

* July 16 – 11:30 a.m. Eastern: New York Sportimes at Newport Beach (Sampras)
* July 23 – 12 Noon Eastern: Boston (Martin) at New York Sportimes (Hingis)
* July 29 – 4 p.m. Eastern: Philadelphia (Venus Williams) at Houston
* July 30 – 4 p.m. Eastern: Newport Beach (Sampras) at Houston
* August 6 – 3 p.m. Eastern: WTT Finals (Championship Match)

The Tennis Channel World TeamTennis Schedule
all matches air at 8 p.m. Eastern time

* July 18 – New York at Boston (Navratilova)
* July 25 – Springfield at Sacramento (Kournikova)
* August 1 – Newport Beach (Sampras) at Houston

WTT matches will also air nationally on In Demand (four matches total) and a number of matches will be carried on regional cable outlets including Comcast Sports Net, Sportsnet NY, Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Media Com.

06-30-2006, 03:25 PM
Rubin Returns To Tennis Next Week
By Tennis Week

Chanda Rubin will celebrate the Fourth of July week finding Freedom with a return to professional tennis. The former World No. 6, who has been sidelined nearly a year after undergoing surgery to repair a left ankle injury, makes her long-awaited return to tennis on Thursday, July 6 when she plays for the Philadelphia Freedoms in their World TeamTennis match against the host Houston Wranglers.

The 30-year-old Rubin is filling in on Philadelphia's roster for Lisa Raymond, who will miss the first week of the WTT season while she's playing Wimbledon. Rubin, who has won seven singles and 10 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, underwent knee surgery in 2004 and was able to only play three events in 2005 before she was sidelined by ankle surgery. Rubin will play for the Freedoms on July 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12.

Other subs set for the 2006 season include:

* Boston Lobsters — Anda Perianu will fill in for Nicole Pratt on July 10, 11, 13, 14 and 15 while Pratt is competing in Fed Cup competition for Australia
* Newport Beach Breakers — Jeff Tarango replaces Rick Leach for two matches, July 6 and 8
* Philadelphia Freedoms — Graydon Oliver subs for Daniel Nestor for three matches, July 15, July 21 and July 22.

For the complete World TeamTennis schedule, please visit

ae wowww
07-06-2006, 10:34 AM
Good Fortune to my WTT players:
Graydon Oliver
Jan-Michael Gambill :D
Anastassia Rodionova
Jim Thomas (super sub)

07-09-2006, 06:36 PM
Any pics from the Freedoms matches?
Thanks in advance

ae wowww
07-09-2006, 08:24 PM
Any pics from the Freedoms matches?
Thanks in advance

Lisa Lauck (Freedoms manager) said she will send me photos from the Delaware tie, as soon as she has them. I will put them here when I get them.

07-10-2006, 01:17 AM
Lisa Lauck (Freedoms manager) said she will send me photos from the Delaware tie, as soon as she has them. I will put them here when I get them.

Thanks!!! :)

07-10-2006, 01:19 AM
Here is an article that came out on the Freedoms

Freedoms drop home opener
The World Team Tennis squad gives American fans an alternative to Wimbledon.
By Ray Parrillo
Inquirer Staff Writer
In World Team Tennis, the coach puts on his game face while dancing with a mascot, the courts are shaded in four colors, and music blares between points. It is practically demanded of the spectators that they make a lot of noise and have a good time. Or else.

Come to think of it, it's a good place for tennis fans to put aside the sorry state of the game as it's played by Americans these days.

While Wimbledon goes on across the pond with Americans long gone on both the men's and women's sides, the Freedoms played their home opener last night at Cabrini College.

The WTT is the brainchild of Billie Jean King, who cofounded it more than three decades ago, partly to bring a lighthearted atmosphere to the game, and partly to spread interest among youngsters, who receive free tennis racquets at Freedoms home games if they are 4 to 16 years old.

Last night, the Freedoms had a meet-the-players session for season-ticket holders and others associated with corporate sponsors, and they didn't get booed as they lost to the Delaware Smash, 24-11, to drop to 0-2. The Freedoms' top name, Chanda Rubin, lost to Delaware's Angela Haynes.

Among those the spectators greeted was the Freedoms' coach, Craig Kardon, who got his players going by doing a little jig with Spirit, the team's American eagle mascot. Kardon's teams have won four WTT championships, and he is in his third season trying to coax the Freedoms to win one.

Kardon also runs "High Performance Tennis Camps" throughout the country, and recently he has picked up on a troubling trend that may partly explain why the footprints Americans are making on the sport have been getting smaller.

"At times, I think the Americans aren't quite hungry enough," he said. "Sometimes, when we achieve a little success, we're not striving for that inner strength to get even better and challenge ourselves the way we should. I think that's the case, especially in the younger kids. I definitely see it at camps. They put in the work to get to a certain level. And once they get good, they like all the adulation and free stuff, and it stops there."

At Wimbledon, no American, man or woman, made it to the quarterfinals this year for the first time in nearly a century. It's the first time in three decades an American hasn't advanced to the round of eight in a Grand Slam event. Only four American men and three American women are ranked among the top 50. Perhaps most ominous is that just two boys and one girl are ranked among the top 25 at the junior level.

Kardon wants to believe it's just a downturn in a cycle, but he's also concerned that American tennis won't make a comeback unless young players start to show more passion for success.

"I think the interest in the game is still there," he said. "But I don't know that the passion is still there to really make it a career. Sure, it's fun to go to camps and to play tennis and, yeah, that's my sport. But to make it to that next level, there has to be a passion. I think maybe our kids have too many distractions, too many things going on outside. I mean, it takes a very special person to really stay that motivated and that focused on what can become a career."

Then Kardon excused himself so he could get his team ready for the match.

"I have some rookies on the team, so it's an exciting time to try to mold the ones who haven't played in this system," Kardon said, his passion evident.

07-16-2006, 01:03 AM Sampras is back playing World TeamTennis, but our correspondent wasn’t too impressed with his play when he and the Newport Beach Breakers went up to play the Sacramento Caps on Wednesday. Sampras has lost both his WTT matches to former Cal player John Paul Frutterro of St. Louis, and to former Stanford standout Sam Warburg of the Caps 5-2. He and Rick Leach also fell to the Caps’ Mark Knowles\Warburg. However, he did win the mixed with Tina Krizan.

Although he is rapidly balding, Sampras looks to be in good shape. However, in Sacto, he appeared a little bored, frequently yawning. He also hasn't quite gotten the team concept yet, often sitting by himself and rarely standing up to cheer on his teammates.

Just imagine if Sampras doesn’t win a singles contest during his seven match WTT campaign. Who is going to be whispering comeback then?

07-31-2006, 02:05 AM
Semifinal #1:
#4 Newport Beach Breakers def. #1 Sacramento Capitals 19-18

Mixed Doubles: Mark Knowles/Elena Likhovtseva (Sacramento Capitals) def. Rick Leach/Tina Krizan (Newport Beach Breakers) 5-0

Women's Singles: Anastassia Rodionova (Newport Beach Breakers) def. Elena Likhovtseva (Sacramento Capitals) 5-2 (Likhovtseva substituted for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at 0-2)
Men''s Singles: Sam Warburg (Sacramento Capitals) def. Ramon Delgado (Newport Beach Breakers) 5-4 (3)

Women's Doubles: Tina Krizan/Anastassia Rodionova (Newport Beach Breakers) def. Elena Likhovtseva/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Sacramento Capitals) 5-4 (1)

Men's Doubles: Ramon Delgado/Rick Leach (Newport Beach Breakers) def. Mark Knowles/Sam Warburg (Sacramento Capitals) 5-2
Semifinal #2:
Philadelphia Freedoms def. NEW YORK SPORTIMES 23-17 (OT)

Women's Doubles - Lisa Raymond\Rennae Stubbs (Freedoms) def. Cara Black\Ashley Harkleroad (Sportimes) 5-3

Women's Singles - Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) def. Ashley Harkleroad (Sportimes) 5-2

Men's Singles - Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Sportimes) def. Jaymon Crabb (Freedoms) 5-4 (1)

Mixed Doubles - Rennae Stubbs\Daniel Nestor (Freedoms) def. Cara Black\David Martin (Sportimes) 5-2

Men's Doubles - Alex Bogomolov Jr.\David Martin (Sportimes) def. Jaymon Crabb\Daniel Nestor (Freedoms) 5-3

Overtime - Men's Doubles - Jaymon Crabb\Daniel Nestor (Freedoms) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\David Martin (Sportimes) 1-0

07-31-2006, 02:08 AM
Philadelphia Freedoms def. Newport Beach Breakers 21-14

Men’s Singles: Ramon Delgado (Newport Beach Breakers) def. Jaymon Crabb (Philadelphia Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Doubles: Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs (Philadelphia Freedoms) def. Tina Krizan/Anastassia Rodionova (Newport Beach Breakers) 5-1

Men’s Doubles: Ramon Delgado/Rick Leach (Newport Beach Breakers) def. Jaymon Crabb/Daniel Nestor (Philadelphia Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Singles: Lisa Raymond (Philadelphia Freedoms) def. Anastassia Rodionova (Newport Beach Breakers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles: Rennae Stubbs/Daniel Nestor (Philadelphia Freedoms) def. Anastassia Rodionova/Ramon Delgado (Newport Beach Breakers) 5-0 (Rodionova and Delgado substituted for Tina Krizan and Rick Leach at 0-2)

WTT FINALS MVP: Rennae Stubbs, Philadelphia Freedoms

07-31-2006, 02:12 AM, Nestor win WTT MVP honors

Haynes, Nestor named WTT Most Valuable Players

Angela Haynes of the Delaware Smash certainly knows how to make a first impression. Haynes was one of the breakout stars of the 2006 WTT Pro League season, finishing her rookie WTT season ranked third in both women''s doubles (63-46, .578 winning percentage) and women''s singles (55-39, .585 winning percentage). Her performance earned the 21 year-old American the WTT Female MVP honors.

Daniel Nestor''s performance this season for the Philadelphia Freedoms not early helped Philly qualify for the playoffs, but it also earned Nestor 2006 WTT Male MVP honors. Nestor finished the season ranked first in mixed doubles (47-27, .635 winning percentage) and third in men''s doubles (50-38, .568 winning percentage). This is Nestor''s second WTT season.

Bryan wins WTT Coach of the Year for third consecutive year

For the third consecutive year, Coach Wayne Bryan of the Sacramento Capitals has been named as the WTT Coach of the Year. Coach Bryan led his Capitals to the Western Conference title and a 10-4 regular season record, a mark only equaled by the New York Sportimes. Sacramento advanced to the WTT Playoffs as the #1 seed by winning a tiebreaker (most games won) over the Sportimes.