WTT Pro League 2012 schedule
March 7, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The 2012 World TeamTennis Pro League schedule kicks off on Monday, July 9, with the defending champion Washington Kastles vying to continue their 16-match winning streak that started last summer, as they face off against the Orange County Breakers in Irvine, Calif. League officials today released the 59-match schedule for the three-week regular season of the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO, which runs July 9-28 and concludes with the WTT Finals Weekend, Sept. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C.
The WTT Pro League presented by GEICO, which was co-founded by Billie Jean King, is a professional sports league featuring three generations of tennis stars playing in a coed team format.
The Kastles, who won their second WTT championship last summer with the first undefeated season in WTT history, open the 2012 season on the road against the newly rebranded Orange County Breakers led by former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport. The Breakers, who previously played in Newport Beach since 2003, will make their 2012 debut at the Bren Events Center on the UC Irvine campus.
One of the most highly anticipated matches is a head-to-head showdown between Martina Hingis of the New York Sportimes and the Kastles’ Venus Williams on Monday, July 23 in Albany, N.Y. The two former world No. 1s battled 21 times on the WTA Tour, with Hingis holding a narrow 11-10 edge. Hingis is expected to play at least 10 of the Sportimes’ 14 matches, including five at the Sportimes’ regular home venue Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island in New York, N.Y., and matches in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Albany, N.Y.
Venus Williams will also play in Washington, D.C. on July 24, two days after her sister Serena’s only WTT appearance, July 22, also in the nation’s capital. It is expected to be the final stateside appearance for Serena Williams prior to the Olympic Games in London.
Davenport, who missed the 2011 season due to pregnancy, will be playing most of her 2012 schedule close to her Southern California home with the Orange County Breakers in Irvine, Calif. Davenport will play all seven Breakers’ home matches at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine, and will hit the road for matches in Sacramento, Springfield and Boston. Davenport and husband Jon Leach welcomed their third child in January 2012.
Mardy Fish, the top-ranked American male on the ATP Tour, will play home matches for the Sacramento Capitals on July 12 and 13.
Tennis’ big man John Isner returns to the Boston Lobsters for two matches, July 23 at home against the Philadelphia Freedoms, and July 24 in Albany, N.Y., to take on the Hingis-led Sportimes.
Mark Philippoussis, who was the top pick in last month’s Marquee Player Draft, plays on July 25 in Philadelphia then leads his Freedoms west to take on Sacramento on July 27 and Orange County on July 28.
Other top names set for WTT action this summer include the world’s top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan of the Kansas City Explorers; John McEnroe of the New York Sportimes; and James Blake of the Philadelphia Freedoms.
Each of the eight teams will play 14 matches — seven home, seven away. Eastern Conference teams are the Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are Orange County Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers and Kansas City Explorers. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
Team lineups will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 13 at Noon EST on WTT.com. Marquee players typically play a limited schedule while roster players play the full 3-week season.
For a full schedule and list of marquee player dates, visit www.WTT.com.
regular season ends July 28 – top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the WTT Finals Weekend in Charleston, S.C.
TEAM Match Venue / Start Time
Orange County Breakers………………. Bren Events Center at UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, Calif. // 7:00pm PT
Sacramento Capitals…………………….. Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Citrus Heights, Calif. // 7:35pm PT
Boston Lobsters……………………………. The Joan Norton Stadium at Ferncroft Country Club, Middleton, Mass. // 7:00pm ET
(#The New York Sportimes will play two home matches at SECFU Arena at the Univ. of Albany in Albany, N.Y., on July 23 & 24, start times for Albany matches are 7:30pm ET)
Philadelphia Freedoms…………………. The Pavilion at Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. // 7:00pm ET
Washington Kastles………………………. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, Washington, D.C. // 7:10pm ET
About WTT Pro League presented by GEICO
The World Team Tennis (WTT) Pro League presented by GEICO showcases the best in professional team tennis with the innovative coed team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. The WTT Pro League has featured virtually every major champion of the Open era over the League’s past 36 seasons.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) 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 WTT Pro League, visit WTT.com.