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auntie janie
Dec 12th, 2006, 05:58 PM
Okay, so it's a little early! But we might as well have a place set up to put any news that crops up during the year. Here's an article from the WTT site for starters:

Sacramento to host 2007 WTT Championship Weekend

The 2007 World TeamTennis Championship Weekend presented by Advanta will be held July 27-29 at the home court of the Sacramento Capitals, Allstate Stadium at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville in Roseville, Calif. WTT officials awarded the event to the Capitals for the 4th time in League history.

The top two teams from the Western and Eastern Conferences will advance to the WTT Championship Weekend after the 2007 regular season, which runs July 5-25. Conference championships will be decided during the semifinal matches on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. The conference champions advance to the WTT Championship on Sunday, July 29, to battle for the King Trophy.
The Capitals move to a new site this summer, the parking lot at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville, where they will play their seven home regular season matches. The court is located on the southeast corner of the mall near Nordstrom.

WTT officials awarded the event to the Capitals because of their proven track record as one of the League’s most successful franchises, according to WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss. “We’re confident that the Capitals can stage a successful championship weekend,” said Kloss. “Their new venue will make a terrific showcase for our premier event and the Capitals fan base is one of the most enthusiastic and supportive in World TeamTennis.”

Sacramento co-owner Lonnie Nielson expects the Capitals to be part of the lineup for the finals weekend. “We’re going to put together the strongest team possible and if we do our job on the court this summer, we’ll have the opportunity to play for the King Trophy in front of our fans,” he said. Nielson hopes to bring back the core of his 2006 team including Elena Likhovtseva, Mark Knowles, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and hometown favorite Sam Warburg.

Season ticket packages are currently available and will include tickets to the WTT Championship Weekend. Season tickets are available through the Capitals ticket office at 916.638.4001 or can be purchased in person at the Capitals ticket kiosk in Westfield Galleria beginning Nov. 20, 2006 through January 6, 2007.

Sacramento is a perennial front-runner, having won the WTT Championship a record 5 times. In 2006, the Capitals were knocked out in the semifinals by the Newport Beach Breakers. The Philadelphia Freedoms dominated the Breakers in the Championship match to win the 2006 title.

About World TeamTennis:
2007 will be the 32nd year of competition for World TeamTennis. The unique gender-balanced team concept for WTT was created in the early 70s by League co-founders Billie Jean King and Larry King. The format used for a WTT Pro League match features teams comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Each match consists of five sets, with one set each of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Advanta is the presenting sponsor of the WTT Pro League and the official business credit card of World TeamTennis. Official WTT Pro League sponsors also include Bälle de Mätch, Gatorade, Geico and Wilson Racquet Sports. For more information on WTT, visit www.WTT.com.

santhuruu
Dec 13th, 2006, 07:29 AM
I hope Venus and maybe also Serena decide to play at least one match.

Sharapova's_Boy
Dec 13th, 2006, 12:42 PM
The Caps not keen to try and get Nikki Vaidisova back? :confused:

auntie janie
Dec 13th, 2006, 08:00 PM
The Caps not keen to try and get Nikki Vaidisova back? :confused:

She only played for them once this year, I think. Now that she's an established top player, I really doubt she'll want to commit to any more than that, if even that much. So they probably don't mind letting her go. She wasn't all that successful with the WTT-style of play anyway; it takes some getting used to.

Knowles and Likhotseva, on the other hand, are both true WTT masters. Both are very experienced in WTT play, are willing to play a lot of dates, and they both have earned WTT MVP honors, so I know the Capitals will want to hang on to them most of all.

auntie janie
Feb 9th, 2007, 12:14 AM
WTT announces 2007 Pro League schedule

Venus Williams, Sampras, McEnroe, Kournikova, Vaidisova and Bryan Brothers return for 2007 season

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 5, 2007) --- The regular season schedule for the 2007 World TeamTennis Pro League presented by Advanta was released today and features appearances from some of the top names in tennis, including Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Anna Kournikova, Nicole Vaidisova and the Bryan Brothers. The 2007 WTT schedule includes 77 matches in 11 markets beginning July 5 and running through July 25.

The top two teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences will advance to the season-ending WTT Championship Weekend, set for July 27-29, in Roseville, Calif.

Five teams exercised their option to protect returning marquee players for their 2007 lineups. Venus Williams returns to the defending WTT Champions, the Philadelphia Freedoms, and the Newport Beach Breakers, who lost to the Freedoms in the 2006 WTT Finals, are bringing back tennis legend Pete Sampras.

John McEnroe returns to the New York Sportimes for his seventh WTT season and the world’s top-ranked doubles team and 2007 Australian Open doubles champions, Mike and Bob Bryan, will be back on the multi-colored WTT courts this summer for the Kansas City Explorers. The Sacramento Capitals protected both of their marquee players, two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Anna Kournikova and world No. 9 Nicole Vaidisova, who recently advanced to the singles semifinals at the Australian Open.

Team lineups will be completed on March 27 when WTT holds their annual player draft in Miami.


2007 Schedule – World TeamTennis Pro League presented by Advanta

Thursday, July 5:

Delaware @ NY Sportimes
New York Buzz @ Philadelphia
St. Louis @ Houston
Springfield @ Sacramento (Kournikova)


Friday, July 6:

St. Louis @ Boston
Philadelphia @ Delaware
Houston @ Kansas City
Sacramento (Kournikova) @ Newport Beach


Saturday, July 7:

Boston @ Philadelphia
Houston @ St. Louis
Springfield @ Newport Beach


Sunday, July 8:

NY Sportimes @ Boston
Delaware @ New York Buzz
Sacramento (Kournikova) @ Houston
Newport Beach @ Kansas City


Monday, July 9

New York Buzz @ St. Louis


Tuesday, July 10

Kansas City (Bryan Bro.) @ NY Sportimes
Delaware @ Philadelphia
St. Louis @ Houston
New York Buzz @ Springfield
Sacramento @ Newport Beach (Sampras)


Wednesday, July 11:

Boston @ New York Buzz
Springfield @ NY Sportimes
Kansas City (Bryan Bro.) @ Delaware
Houston @ Sacramento



Thursday, July 12:

NY Sportimes @ Boston
Philadelphia @ Delaware
Newport Beach @ Springfield


Friday, July 13:

Delaware @ Boston
Philadelphia @ New York Buzz
Newport Beach @ Houston
Kansas City (Bryan Bro.) @ St. Louis


Saturday, July 14:

New York Buzz @ NY Sportimes
Boston @ Philadelphia
Springfield @ Delaware
Houston @ Kansas City (Bryan Bro.)
St. Louis @ Sacramento


Sunday, July 15:

Kansas City @ Springfield
St. Louis @ Newport Beach


Monday, July 16:

Houston @ Boston
Sacramento @ New York Buzz
NY Sportimes (McEnroe) @ Philadelphia
Kansas City @ Newport Beach


Tuesday, July 17:

Philadelphia (V. Williams) @ NY Sportimes
New York Buzz @ Delaware
Springfield @ Houston
Sacramento @ St. Louis



Wednesday, July 18:

Philadelphia (V. Williams) @ Boston
Newport Beach (Sampras) @ New York Buzz
NY Sportimes (McEnroe) @ Delaware
St. Louis @ Springfield
Kansas City @ Sacramento


Thursday, July 19:

Boston @ NY Sportimes (McEnroe)
Newport Beach (Sampras) @ Philadelphia
Springfield @ Kansas City


Friday, July 20:

Houston @ Philadelphia (V. Williams)
Springfield @ St. Louis
Delaware @ Sacramento


Saturday, July 21:

New York Buzz @ NY Sportimes
Delaware @ Houston
Boston @ Springfield
St. Louis @ Kansas City
Newport Beach @ Sacramento (Vaidisova)


Sunday, July 22:

NY Sportimes @ New York Buzz
Boston @ Kansas City
Philadelphia (V. Williams) @ Newport Beach


Monday, July 23:

Boston @ Delaware
Houston @ Springfield
NY Sportimes @ St. Louis
Philadelphia @ Sacramento


Tuesday, July 24:

New York Buzz @ Boston
Kansas City @ Houston
Sacramento @ Springfield
Newport Beach (Sampras) @ St. Louis


Wednesday, July 25:

Delaware @ New York Buzz
Sacramento @ Kansas City
NY Sportimes (McEnroe) @ Newport Beach


2007 World TeamTennis Pro League presented by Advanta

WTT Player Draft: March 27 in Miami

WTT Regular season: July 5-25


WTT Championship Weekend:
July 27-29 in Roseville, Calif.; top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the WTT Championship Weekend.

- Western & Eastern Conference Championship: July 27-28
- WTT Finals: July 29

Eastern Conference: Boston Lobsters, Delaware Smash, New York Buzz, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms

Western Conference: Houston Wranglers, Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers, St. Louis Aces

LegionArgentina
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:40 PM
Thanks for the info :wavey:

auntie janie
Mar 31st, 2007, 03:10 PM
WTT draft was held on March 27th. Ladies and gentlemen, here are your team rosters for the 2007 season:

http://www.wtt.com/draft_players.asp

No Myskina this year. :sad:

Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:35 AM
No Nastya Pavlyuchenkova. :sad:

dybbuk
Apr 2nd, 2007, 12:26 PM
KC has Bob/Mike and Corina :)
I don't know much 'bout Gajdosova :scratch:

Burrito is playing for the Capitals :lol:

Anna K. :)
Ashley :)
Venus :)
Lauren :)

gocanadago
Apr 4th, 2007, 02:26 AM
Daniel and Fred :D

auntie janie
Apr 4th, 2007, 09:56 PM
2007 WTT lineups:

-- is it just me, or do these teams seem to be extremely unbalanced? Compare the poor old NY Buzz to the Philadelphia Freedoms, for example. :cuckoo:

HOUSTON WRANGLERS: Jan-Michael Gambill, Mashona Washington, Bryanne Stewart, Goran Dragicevic.
Coach: Thomas Blake

NEW YORK BUZZ: Rik de Voest, Ashley Fisher, Gabriela Navratilova, Greta Arn.
Coach: Jolene Watanabe

BOSTON LOBSTERS: Nicole Pratt, Amir Hadad, Nikita Kryvonos, Julie Ditty.
Coach: Anne Smith

KANSAS CITY EXPLORERS: Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan, Jarmila Gajdosova, Corina Morariu, David Macpherson, Dusan Vemic.
Coach: TBD

ST. LOUIS ACES: Jasmin Woehr, Aleke Tsoubanos, Jonathan Erlich, Andy Ram.
Coach: TBD

DELAWARE SMASH: Liezel Huber, Angela Haynes, Chris Haggard, Lester Cook.
Coach: Mariaan de Swardt

SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Tamarine Tanasugarn, Martin Verkerk, Glenn Weiner, Andreea Vanc.
Coach: TBD

NEW YORK SPORTIMES: John McEnroe, Ashley Harkleroad, Jesse Witten, Hana Sromova, Mirko Pehar.
Coach: Chuck Adams

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Anna Kournikova, Elena Likhovtseva, Mark Knowles, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Sam Warburg.
Coach: Wayne Bryan

NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS: Pete Sampras, Ramon Delgado, Rick Leach, Lauren Albanese, Michaela Pastikova.
Coach: TBD

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Venus Williams, Lisa Raymond, Daniel Nestor, Frederic Niemeyer, Olga Savchuk.
Coach: Craig Kardon

gocanadago
Apr 4th, 2007, 10:20 PM
Go Philadelphia Freedoms :banana:

auntie janie
Apr 4th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Nestor's great in WTT. He and his buddy Knowles seem to take turns being the WTT MVP. :D

tennisjt
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:32 AM
WTT would be a great idea if it had its own season for it. WTA and ATP should end at the US Open and then have the WTT have its own season from Sept. until end of Nov.

tennisjt
Apr 7th, 2007, 02:35 AM
2007 WTT lineups:

-- is it just me, or do these teams seem to be extremely unbalanced? Compare the poor old NY Buzz to the Philadelphia Freedoms, for example. :cuckoo:


Money talks. Billy Jean owns the Freedoms so she will definitely stack it

auntie janie
Apr 13th, 2007, 12:40 PM
Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams to play World TeamTennis

Newport Beach, St. Louis add superstars to their lineups

(New York, N.Y.) – Two of the world’s most exciting players are returning to World TeamTennis action this summer. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have signed on to play in the WTT Pro League presented by Advanta which begins July 5.

Sharapova, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, will play for the Newport Beach Breakers on Monday, July 16, when they host the Kansas City Explorers. Sharapova previously played three seasons for the Breakers from 2003-2005. She made her WTT debut as a 15-year-old in 2002 for the Delaware Smash.

Former World No. 1 Serena Williams returns to World TeamTennis for the first time since her WTT debut in 2000. This summer Williams will play for the St. Louis Aces on Monday, July 23, when they host the New York Sportimes.

The League also announced that the world’s top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan have added another WTT match to their schedule. The Bryans, who play for the Kansas City Explorers, will make an appearance in Springfield on Sunday, July 15.

Sharapova and Williams join a star-studded list for 2007 WTT action including Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, Anna Kournikova, John McEnroe, and Mike and Bob Bryan. The regular season runs July 5 through July 25 with 77 matches in 11 markets. The top two teams in both the Eastern and Western Conferences will advance to the season-ending WTT Championship Weekend, set for July 27-29, in Roseville, Calif., home of the Sacramento Capitals.

Sharapova and Williams have been two of the most talked about and marketable names on the pro tennis scene in recent years. Sharapova’s big breakthrough came just prior to the 2004 WTT season when she captured her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon that summer. Sharapova surprised top seed Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4, to become the second-youngest ladies Wimbledon singles champion in the Open Era and the first Russian Wimbledon champion. Sharapova took over the top spot in the world rankings in August 2005 and added another Grand Slam singles title at the 2006 US Open.

It’s been seven years since Serena Williams played in her first WTT match for the Delaware Smash. She returns to the League in July, this time for the St. Louis franchise. Williams recently captured her 4th career Sony Ericsson Open title with a three-set win over Justine Henin in Miami. Earlier this year she stunned with sports world by winning her 8th Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open after an injury-plagued season in 2006. Williams has won a total of 28 singles titles and 11 doubles championships, including the Olympic Gold Medal in doubles at the 2000 Games. She has won the singles title at each of the Grand Slam events – Wimbledon (2002, 2003), US Open (1999, 2002), French Open (2002) and Australian Open (2003, 2005, 2007).

auntie janie
May 27th, 2007, 02:25 AM
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to play for Boston Lobsters on July 12

NEW YORK, N.Y.– Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario’s journey to her International Tennis Hall of Fame induction this summer will take a World TeamTennis detour through Boston.

Sanchez-Vicario, a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles on the WTA Tour, will be joining the Boston Lobsters for one match on July 12. Two days later, Sanchez-Vicario will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.

Sanchez-Vicario is one of Spain’s most decorated athletes. She captured three singles championships at Roland Garros (1989, 1994, 1998) and became the first Spanish woman to win the US Open singles crown in 1994. During her 18-year pro career, she won 29 singles titles and 67 doubles titles, including 14 Grand Slam championships - four singles, six doubles and four mixed doubles.

Sanchez-Vicario was the first Spanish player to hold the No. 1 spot simultaneously in singles and doubles (February 13, 1995), one of only four women to accomplish that feat. She played for 16 years on Spain’s Fed Cup team and led Spain to five Fed Cup titles (1991, 1993-95, 1998). Sanchez-Vicario also captured four Olympic medals (singles bronze and doubles silver in 1992; singles silver and doubles bronze in 1996). Sanchez-Vicario previously played World TeamTennis in 1996 for the New York Buzz.

auntie janie
Jun 27th, 2007, 11:04 PM
LINDSAY DAVENPORT RETURNS TO PLAY IN WORLD TEAMTENNIS PRO LEAGUE FOR SACRAMENTO CAPITALS ON JULY 21 :woohoo:

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 27, 2007) – Lindsay Davenport returns to tennis action for the first time since giving birth earlier this month when she plays for the Sacramento Capitals of the World TeamTennis Pro League on Saturday, July 21.

Davenport, who has been off the WTA Tour since the end of 2006, and her husband Jon Leach became parents when their son Jagger was born on June 10. The July 21 match against Sacramento’s rival, the Newport Beach Breakers, will also be Davenport’s first WTT match since 2003 when she played for the Breakers. Tickets for the Davenport match are on sale at www.gocaps.net or by calling (916) 638-4001 x. 121.

The last time Davenport played for the Sacramento Capitals, the team captured the World TeamTennis championship. Nine years later, Davenport is returning to Sacramento on July 21 to help the Capitals in their drive for a record sixth League title.
Davenport made her WTT debut in 1993 with the Sacramento Capitals and helped the team to the League Championship in 1997 and 1998.

“We’re thrilled to have Lindsay back with the Caps,” said team owner Lonnie Nielson. “She’s a great champion and we’ve always considered her part of the Caps family.”

Davenport is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion who also won 51 career singles titles and 36 doubles titles on the WTA Tour. The former world No. 1 won the 2000 Australian Open, 1999 Wimbledon and the 1998 U.S. Open singles championships, along with the gold medal in singles at the 1996 Olympic Games.

The 2007 WTT regular season runs July 5-25 with the top two teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference advancing to the WTT Championship Weekend, July 27-29, in Roseville, Calif., home of the Capitals. The Capitals are in the Western Conference along with the Houston Wranglers, Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, St. Louis Aces and Springfield Lasers. Eastern Conference teams are Delaware Smash, New York Buzz, New York Sportimes and Philadelphia Freedoms.

hurricanejeanne
Jun 28th, 2007, 01:21 AM
LINDSAY DAVENPORT RETURNS TO PLAY IN WORLD TEAMTENNIS PRO LEAGUE FOR SACRAMENTO CAPITALS ON JULY 21 :woohoo:

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 27, 2007) – Lindsay Davenport returns to tennis action for the first time since giving birth earlier this month when she plays for the Sacramento Capitals of the World TeamTennis Pro League on Saturday, July 21.

Davenport, who has been off the WTA Tour since the end of 2006, and her husband Jon Leach became parents when their son Jagger was born on June 10. The July 21 match against Sacramento’s rival, the Newport Beach Breakers, will also be Davenport’s first WTT match since 2003 when she played for the Breakers. Tickets for the Davenport match are on sale at www.gocaps.net or by calling (916) 638-4001 x. 121.

The last time Davenport played for the Sacramento Capitals, the team captured the World TeamTennis championship. Nine years later, Davenport is returning to Sacramento on July 21 to help the Capitals in their drive for a record sixth League title.
Davenport made her WTT debut in 1993 with the Sacramento Capitals and helped the team to the League Championship in 1997 and 1998.

“We’re thrilled to have Lindsay back with the Caps,” said team owner Lonnie Nielson. “She’s a great champion and we’ve always considered her part of the Caps family.”

Davenport is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion who also won 51 career singles titles and 36 doubles titles on the WTA Tour. The former world No. 1 won the 2000 Australian Open, 1999 Wimbledon and the 1998 U.S. Open singles championships, along with the gold medal in singles at the 1996 Olympic Games.

The 2007 WTT regular season runs July 5-25 with the top two teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference advancing to the WTT Championship Weekend, July 27-29, in Roseville, Calif., home of the Capitals. The Capitals are in the Western Conference along with the Houston Wranglers, Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, St. Louis Aces and Springfield Lasers. Eastern Conference teams are Delaware Smash, New York Buzz, New York Sportimes and Philadelphia Freedoms.

:woohoo:

auntie janie
Jul 5th, 2007, 07:20 PM
It's here! :eek: I didn't realize the season starts today, with one contest already underway as I type:

July 5

Delaware Smash @ New York Sportimes 1:00 PM
St. Louis Aces @ Houston Wranglers 7:00 PM
New York Buzz @ Philadelphia Freedoms 7:05 PM
Springfield Lasers @ Sacramento Capitals Anna Kournikova (SAC) 7:30 PM

They've changed their web site this year. To follow any contest live, go to this page:
http://beta.wtt.com/schedule.aspx -- and use the Live Scores link.


Right now, Angie Haynes and Ashley Harkleroad are playing each other in mixed doubles. :yeah:

auntie janie
Jul 5th, 2007, 10:47 PM
Delaware Smash won 21-20. Looks like Angie outplayed Ashley. :)

auntie janie
Jul 6th, 2007, 12:39 PM
July 5:

Delaware Smash @ New York Sportimes
St. Louis Aces @ Houston Wranglers
New York Buzz @ Philadelphia Freedoms
Springfield Lasers @ Sacramento Capitals Anna Kournikova (SAC)

Winners are in bold -- all four visiting teams won. As usual, Kournikova lost both sets she played in, but fortunately for her team, she's only scheduled to play 3 times this year. :D

Tonight's matches:

St. Louis Aces @ Boston Lobsters 7:00 PM
Sacramento Capitals @ Newport Beach Breakers Anna Kournikova (SAC) 7:00 PM
Philadelphia Freedoms @ Delaware Smash 7:05 PM
Houston Wranglers @ Kansas City Explorers 7:35 PM

Vut
Jul 6th, 2007, 05:20 PM
Springfield Lasers @ Sacramento Capitals Anna Kournikova (SAC) 7:30 PM

Springfield Lasers def Sacramento Capitals 4-1
Mixed Doubles : Weiner / Tanasugarn (SPR) def Kournikova / Warburg (SAC) 5-2
Women's Singles : Tamarine Tanasugarn (SPR) def Milagros Sequera (SAC) 5-2
Men's Singles: Sam Warburg (SAC) def Glenn Weiner (SPR) 5-2
Women's Doubles: Tanasugarn / Spears (SPR) def Kournikova / Sequera (SAC) 5-3
Men's Doubles : Weiner / Verkerk (SPR) def Huss / Warburg (SAC) 5-3

:D

auntie janie
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:09 AM
Oh, well done,Tammy! :hatoff:

raquel
Jul 9th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Good luck to Arantxa :bounce: and the Boston Lobsters ;)

tennisfan5
Jul 11th, 2007, 04:31 PM
is arantxa playing singles? I doubt it, but that would be cool

auntie janie
Jul 12th, 2007, 12:07 AM
is arantxa playing singles? I doubt it, but that would be cool

Good question! I hope someone from this board will go tomorrow night & report back to us. Since it's WTT, anyone who goes will probably get to meet Arantxa. :hearts:

Just noticed that Lauren Albanese plays for the Newport Beach team.

Tennis-Chick
Jul 13th, 2007, 12:54 AM
is arantxa playing singles? I doubt it, but that would be cool

Yeah she is, playing against Harkleroad now.
Ash winning 3-1

Tennis-Chick
Jul 13th, 2007, 12:57 AM
Boston Lobsters have now swapped Arantxa for Julie Ditty, at 3-1 to Harkleroad

auntie janie
Jul 13th, 2007, 12:01 PM
A loss before induction
By Monique Walker, Globe Staff | July 13, 2007

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario admits she may not be ready for the emotions tomorrow may bring.

She will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., and she's uncertain how she'll react.
"It's probably the best recognition you could have as a tennis player," Sanchez Vicario said. "I definitely know I'm really nervous. I can say that I'm more nervous than playing a match."

Before she headed to Rhode Island, Sanchez Vicario stopped in Boston to join the Lobsters in a World TeamTennis match against the New York Sportimes last night at the Beren Tennis Center at Harvard.

She was unable to lift the Lobsters as the Sportimes captured a 23-16 win.

In women's singles, Ashley Harkleroad moved out to a 3-0 lead against Sanchez Vicario. Lobsters coach Anne Smith then subbed in Julie Ditty, who came back to win, 5-3.

Sanchez Vicario later teamed with Amir Hadad in mixed doubles, but they lost to Jesse Witten and Harkleroad, 5-1.

In women's doubles, Sanchez Vicario paired with Ditty but bowed to Harkleroad and Hana Sromova, 5-3.

Despite the losses, Sanchez Vicario drew cheers from the crowd throughout her matches. :)

Sanchez Vicario is a few years removed from professional competition. She retired in 2002 at age 30. Her achievements included three French Open singles crowns and a US Open title in a career that spanned 17 years. In 1994, she made her first appearance in a WTT event, with New York.

Thirteen years later, Lobsters owner Bahar Uttam saw an opportunity to bring Sanchez Vicario back to WTT. Uttam was in search of a marquee player, hoping for Martina Navratilova or Jennifer Capriati. When neither was available, he was pleased to hear Sanchez Vicario would be in the area and willing to participate.

"It adds to the credibility of the whole event when you can attract people like Arantxa," Uttam said.

Sanchez Vicario's last match was a loss for the Spanish Fed Cup team, and she knew it was time to retire.

"I always thought I wanted to retire at the top of my game and be remembered as a champion," she said. "I wanted to try to start another life and do other things that I couldn't do before. I knew I could go longer because I was physically and mentally fit, but I would rather retire on top."

She had been to the top in 1995, reaching No. 1 in both singles and doubles, becoming one of four women to reach those summits simultaneously. She also played on Spain's Fed Cup team for 16 years, helping it capture titles in 1991, '93-95, and '98.

"I've done a lot for my country, especially for women's tennis," she said.

Since Sanchez Vicario retired, she has remained involved with tennis. She is a commentator for a Spanish television station, a women's tournament director, and works with two children's foundations in Spain and Africa. :hearts:

She wants to be remembered "as a champion and as a happy person, because I think that's the most important thing."

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jul 20th, 2007, 08:55 PM
world team tennis will be shown at channelsurfing.net at 7pm eastern time. i dont know who's playing

Headstrong
Jul 22nd, 2007, 02:51 AM
Thank You, it was the match from last Wednesday Freedom vs Lobsters

xcx
Jul 26th, 2007, 08:58 AM
http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/7275/wtt2007tb9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

spiceboy
Jul 26th, 2007, 10:15 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/sports/4996607.html

July 25, 2007, 12:19AM
They couldn't draw a crowd
After a third losing season and a lack of support, there will be no tomorrow for the Houston Wranglers, who are being disbanded

By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

Their two best players, coming off major surgeries, were still in rehab mode.

Their travel schedule was brutal, a body-numbing series of back-to-backs, seven of them crisscrossing the country in 20 days. And they lacked bench strength to lessen the load.

In fact, they had no bench at all.

Although Mashona Washington protested, "We are so much better than our record it's unbelievable," the Houston Wranglers' record for 2007 was irrefutably a World Team Tennis-worst 1-13 after Tuesday night's 22-16 home loss to Kansas City. And there will be no rebuilding for 2008. The team is being disbanded after three bad seasons, owner Linda McIngvale has confirmed.

"This is not the right type of community for the Wranglers," said Linda McIngvale, who runs Westside Tennis Club with her husband Jim. "We're just too big of a city with too many options. There's a jillion other things to do in the summertime in Houston."

But the decision also is a reflection of the McIngvales' dramatically changing focus for their club, which going forward will offer tennis but not feature the sport. It was for the same reason Westside let the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships go after a seven-year run.

Tennis climate changed

"We're going to start focusing on only what makes good economic sense for the club," Linda McIngvale said.


She contends the Wranglers' poor results — they were 3-11 the first two years — and the lack of a major drawing card, which most of the teams employed at considerable expense for at least a couple matches, had no bearing on the franchise's demise. When one of the visiting marquee names, Anna Kournikova, appeared here this year, the 4,500-seat stadium was less than half full.

Crowds recently have fallen to well under 1,000.

"Even when the superstar players from the other teams came here," McIngvale said, "it didn't work very well for us. I hate to say it, and I've said it before, but when we brought the Masters Cup (the ATP's season-ending championships, held at Westside in 2003 and 2004), we changed the climate for tennis in the community forever. Expectations got a lot higher. The level of players that play (WTT) isn't what Houston fans are looking for."

The Wranglers, coached this year by James Blake's older brother, Thomas, featured Jan-Michael Gambill and Washington, with Goran Dragicevic and Bryanne Stewart rounding out the roster. Some teams carried twice as many players.

The 30-year-old Gambill, who reached No. 14 in the world in 2001, has fallen to 674 after needing shoulder surgery. He has played only four ATP Tour matches in the last two seasons. Washington, 31, climbed as high as No. 50 in the WTA rankings in 2004 before being derailed by a knee injury that required surgery. She has yet to play a WTA match in 2007. Dragicevic, 23, has never contested an ATP-level match, and Stewart, 27, has enjoyed modest success as a doubles specialist, reaching No. 60 in the WTA doubles rankings.

Close, but not quite

Gambill admitted his distaste for the Wranglers' travel grind and the team's dismal record but said, "I love my teammates and I'd rather play for Linda than anybody. ... She has stayed behind us. You want to win for her. It (hurts) to lose so much, but we've dropped a lot of close ones."


Six of their match losses were by four or fewer games.

"Another game here, another game there," said Washington, "and it could have been a lot different for us, given the way the team-tennis scoring works. My record is worse than terrible (2-12 in singles), but I actually feel good about the way I've played."

The affable Blake contends he has enjoyed his brief Wranglers tenure — save for all those 5 a.m. wakeup calls.

"I played for Boston last couple years," he said, "and it wasn't anything like this."

Asked if he would like to try coaching again, Blake laughed.

"First," he said, "I'd look at the team's schedule."

auntie janie
Jul 26th, 2007, 12:17 PM
Wow, I didn't realize they were THAT bad. Oh, well.

I wonder if Mashona is planning a WTA comeback at all.

xcx
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Sacramento Capitals def Springfield Lasers 23-17 in final match of Western Conference.
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/2534/wtt2ug8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

xcx
Jul 29th, 2007, 04:01 PM
Sacramento Capitals defeat Springfield Lasers 23-17 to capture WTT Western Conference Title!
Capitals advance to World TeamTennis Final

ROSEVILLE , CALIF. – (July 27, 2007) -- Minutes before tonight’s Western Conference Championship match, Mark Knowles of the Sacramento Capitals was announced as the WTT Male MVP of the Year. The WTT veteran lived up to the title by leading his Sacramento Capitals to a 23-17 victory over the Springfield Lasers in front of 3,287 fans at the Caps’ home stadium in Roseville , Calif.



With the win, the Caps advance to Sunday’s WTT Finals where they will face off against the winner of the New York Buzz-Philadelphia Freedoms Eastern Conference Championship match on Saturday evening at Allstate Stadium at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville . The Caps are making a record 17th playoff appearance and will have the opportunity to win a record sixth WTT Championship on Sunday.

“Playing at home was great, especially against the best team in the League,” said Knowles. “We had a great crowd and they really pushed us through it.
Men’s doubles got us off to a good start and Sam backed it up in men’s singles. It was a great night for the Caps.”

Springfield faced off against the strength of the Capitals’ lineup in the opening set, taking on one of the League’s top doubles teams in Mark Knowles and Sam Warburg. Back-to-back aces from Warburg put the Caps up 4-2 before a lob winner by Knowles closed out the first set 5-2.

An energized Warburg was too strong in men’s singles, outgunning Martin Verkerk 5-3. Knowles continued the Sacramento winning streak in mixed doubles teaming with Elena Likhovtseva for a 5-3 victory over Glenn Weiner and Andreea Vanc.

Trailing 15-8 at halftime, Springfield went to the heart of their lineup for two matches with two of the strongest women in the League – Tamarine Tanasugarn and Andreea Vanc. Tanasugarn, who was named WTT Female MVP prior to the match, started strong by breaking Likhovtseva’s serve in the first game.
Likhovtseva rallied to jump out to an early 2-1 lead before Tanasugarn broke back to go up 3-2. The seesaw battle continued until Tanasugarn broke Likhovtseva’s serve to go up 4-3 and close out the set 5-3 for the Lasers only win of the night.

Down by five points going into the final set, the Lasers fielded the top doubles team in the League but it was Sacramento that broke serve in the first game.
The 14-year-old Michelle Larcher de Brito of Sacramento may be the youngest player in WTT history, but she showed poise during the women’s doubles set to get Sacramento out to a 2-0 lead. Tanasugarn and Vanc rallied to a 3-2 lead before the momentum swung back to the Caps. Two volley winners from Likhovtseva in the tiebreaker propelled Sacramento to a 5-4 victory and the Western Conference title.

Action continues at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday when the defending champion Philadelphia Freedoms and the New York Buzz face off for the Eastern Conference Championship. The winner plays the Capitals at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening for the WTT title and the King Trophy.

Final Results:
Western Conference Championship: Sacramento Capitals def. Springfield Lasers 23-17 Men's Doubles - Mark Knowles\Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Martin Verkerk\Glenn Weiner (Lasers) 5-2

Men's Singles - Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Martin Verkerk (Lasers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles - Elena Likhovtseva\Mark Knowles
(Capitals) def. Andreea Vanc\Glenn Weiner (Lasers) 5-3

Women's Singles - Tamarine Tanasugarn (Lasers) def.
Elena Likhovtseva (Capitals) 5-3

Women's Doubles - Michelle Larcher de Brito\Elena Likhovtseva (Capitals) def. Tamarine Tanasugarn\Andreea Vanc (Lasers) 5-4


Sunday, July 29, 2007 - WTT Finals: Sacramento Capitals vs. New York Buzz, 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)

http://www.gocaps.net/News/2007_Season/2007_07_27/front.htm

xcx
Jul 29th, 2007, 04:01 PM
http://smages.com/images/5e715a13cecef704c4dd06e57d89c11b.jpg (http://smages.com/)

FredericaFans
Jul 30th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Sacramento Capitals won...........CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

FredericaFans
Jul 30th, 2007, 07:04 AM
Sacramento won:
5/4 5/3 5/4 5/4 3/5 = 23/20

xcx
Jul 30th, 2007, 07:41 AM
http://smages.com/images/9be3d1e876736dff5a581678e543c4ed.jpg (http://smages.com/)
Sunday, July 29, 2007 - WTT Finals: Sacramento Capitals def. New York Buzz 24-20
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Vut
Jul 30th, 2007, 12:12 PM
Tammy got MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

Sonja
Aug 6th, 2007, 04:19 AM
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Sonja
Aug 6th, 2007, 04:33 AM
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Sonja
Aug 6th, 2007, 04:42 AM
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Nicky_608
Aug 6th, 2007, 01:08 PM
Tammy:hearts:

Thanks a lot.:)

Vut
Aug 6th, 2007, 04:20 PM
thanks for pics!

auntie janie
Aug 8th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Sacramento's got great players, so their win was expected, but Tammy earning 2007 MVP honors is amazing and fabulous. :hearts:

spiceboy
Aug 26th, 2007, 02:17 PM
http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_tennisblog/2007/08/wtt-in-broward-.html

WTT in Broward next year?

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Norman Canter, who manages a number of pros, including Gael Monfils and Benjamin Becker, has a scheduled meeting next week with officials of World Team Tennis to consummate plans to put a franchise in South Florida in 2008.

This has been one of Canter's several tennis dreams since last year and it now appears it's going to happen. His head is spinning with ideas.

Sabatini? I asked him after he said he had visions of bringing in "Gabriella" to play for the team. He nodded. Given the number of current and retired players who can still hit the ball and are living in Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties, this could be a fun team.

Chrissie? Is she available. If Martina Navratilova was fit enough to play doubles on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, is Evert fit enough at about the same age as Martina to play one set of singles against players ranked well below 150?

The Bryan twins, who live in Tampa, would be a lot closer to home if they played for a South Florida team. But temper the excitement. Norman still has to close the deal and find a place to play.

I think his venue focus is on Broward and Palm, and three places that spring to mind are FAU for an indoor court and Delray Beach Tennis Center and Sunrise Tennis Center for outdoors.