Martina will meet Martina in the name game that highlights the opening week of World TeamTennis. The 30th season
of WTT kicks off with Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova scheduled to square off with her namesake, former No. 1 Martina Hingis, in their first singles meeting on July 7th in Boston.
Navratilova, who is competing in her 17th WTT season, makes a historic return to Boston where she played for the Lobsters in 1978. For Hingis, it will be an introduction to World TeamTennis as she plays the first of her five 2005 WTT matches.
The schedule for the 2005 WTT season was released today and includes 84 matches in 12 markets spanning a three-week period from July 4-24th.
Hingis is scheduled to play three consecutive nights in the opening week of playing starting on Tuesday, July 5th when she leads the New York Sportimes against host Philadelphia. On Wednesday, July 6th Hingis hits New York to headline the Sportimes home-opener at Harbor Island Stadium in Mamaroneck against Hartford, followed by the momentous match of the Martinas on Thursday, July 7th in Boston.
On Thursday, July 14th former Wimbledon champions collide as John McEnroe leads the Sportimes against Boris Becker's Hartford FoxForce in a Mamaroneck, New York match that reprises their memorable WTT meeting in 2003.
Oh my God where can you get tickets for this? I mean Ill do anythting to go to this, I never had an opportunity to watch my all time favorite player Hingis play live this would be the perfect time, besides I would kill two birds with one stone, I've always yearn to visit Boston, so if it does take place in Boston this will be a hit for me.
My two all time favorites competing agsinst each other at last...worth looking in to...I know that there is a 25 year old age gap here, but Hingis will have to train harder than she did against Weingartner to beat her namesake But it should be a "great" match... May the best Martina win!
Me either, can someone explain WTT and all its components plz!
WTT is basically a team format competition. They generally recruit challenger level players/doubles specialists who could really use the money (they pay you about $10,000 to compete for the whole month). There's generally two men and two women on the team, with a fifth "marquee player" (a current top ranked player or a retired Grand Slam winner usually...or Anna Kournikova) designed to put seats in the stands. They only usually play one or two nights out of the 20-25 nights WTT takes place. That marquee player can either be male or female.
The format of WTT is one set of mens singles, one set of womens singles, one set of mens doubles, one set of womens doubles, and one set of mixed doubles. The sets are played to five games and it's no-ad scoring. Lets on the serve that land in the service box are considered playable as well. All of the games add up over the course of the night and whichever team has won the most total games (read: not matches) at the end wins.
It's a very "fan friendly" atmosphere. Noise (in between points) is encouraged. Fans can move around in their seats and keep the balls that the players smash into the stands. Martina is basically using this as a fun way to test the waters and see if she can really return to to the tour. It's basically win-win for her. If she does well, she can say she used it as a stepping stone. If she doesn't, it was a glorified exhibition and she just wanted to have "fun."