June 28, 2017

World Team Tennis – New York Empire Home Schedule



Season-Opening Match on July 16th Featuring John Isner to Celebrate Family Fun Night;

Battle of the Boroughs on July 27th Hosted by Former Wimbledon Semifinalist Genie Bouchard


NEW YORK (June 9, 2017) — The New York Empire presented by Citi today announced the schedule of match-night promotions and themes for the upcoming 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis season. The promotional schedule features a special theme for all seven home matches to be played on Court 17 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


The New York Empire will kick off the 2017 season with Family Fun Night on Sunday, July 16 against the Philadelphia Freedoms in a match that will feature New York Empire marquee player John Isner squaring off against Philadelphia Freedoms’ Donald Young. Family Fun Night will feature special kids’ clinics, discounted USTA Camp rates, face painters and the debut of Hudson, the New York Empire’s very first mascot. On July 19, the team will celebrate Nevertheless #ShePersisted Night, a special salute to inspiring women featuring one of the greatest sports icons of our time, Mylan World TeamTennis Co-Founder and leader for social change, Billie Jean King.


Other theme nights include Battle of the Boroughs on Thursday, July 27, when Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and the New York Empire face the Orange County Breakers. The night will feature special borough-themed games and friendly competitions. On July 28 against the San Diego Aviators, the team will celebrate Latin Heritage Night with special music, food and activities. The New York Empire will close out the home season on Fan Appreciation Night on Monday, July 31 against the Springfield Lasers. To show the team’s appreciation for community support, all Queens residents, members of Queens tennis clubs and fans with a ticket stub from a previous match will receive 20% off their admission.


The full list of New York Empire theme nights and promotions for the 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis season is listed below.


July 16 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms Family Fun Night TICKETS
July 19 vs. Philadelphia Freedoms Nevertheless #ShePersisted (Salute to Inspiring Women) TICKETS
July 20 vs. Orange County Breakers Salute to Public Service People TICKETS
July 27 vs. Orange County Breakers Battle of the Boroughs TICKETS
July 28 vs. San Diego Aviators Latin Heritage Night TICKETS
July 30 vs. Washington Kastles International Night TICKETS
July 31 vs. Springfield Lasers Fan Appreciation Night TICKETS


The New York Empire is coached by International Tennis Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez and includes marquee players Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and John Isner. The roster will also highlight Kirsten Flipkens, Guido Pella and Maria Sanchez.


Not only will fans witness world-class tennis featuring their favorite pros, but they will also be treated to evenings of specialty food, music and non-stop action when they visit Court 17.


Tickets start as low as $10 for children ages 16-and-under and $20 for adults for this world-class tennis experience. The New York Empire offers both reserved box seats and general admission seating, along with hospitality and box seat packages that include food and beverage service. A limited number of box-seat packages are available with options including the opportunity to Play with the Pros or attend a Player VIP Party with all New York Empire team members that will include a Q&A session, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.


Individual match or season tickets can be purchased by visiting www.NYEmpireTennis.com or calling the New York Empire office at 844-5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).


For more information on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.


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New York Empire Adds Kirsten Flipkens, Guido Pella and Maria Sanchez to Roster; Announces 2017 Schedule

NEW YORK (March 15, 2017) — The New York Empire presented by Citi announced its 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) schedule and final player roster for the upcoming season that will be played on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.


The New York Empire traded away its first-round draft pick for future considerations and took Kirsten Flipkens, from Belgium, in the second round. She is making her WTT debut this season. A former World No. 13 and Wimbledon semifinalist, Flipkens is no stranger to team tennis as she’s played a remarkable 13 years of Fed Cup action for her native country.


“I’m really looking forward to playing at the National Tennis Center this summer as part of the New York Empire,” said Flipkens. “I’ve been playing team tennis for quite some time but this summer will be really special. I’ve always heard how much fun World TeamTennis is for the players and strategizing with Gigi is an incredible opportunity for me.”


General Manager Michele Cope and Head Coach Gigi Fernandez then selected Maria Sanchez and Guido Pella, respectively. Sanchez, a four-time All-America player at the University of Southern California, is entering her fourth season of WTT and holds one WTA doubles title. Pella will return for his second season with the New York Empire after playing his WTT rookie season with the team last year. Pella was an integral part of the 2016 Argentinian Davis Cup Champion team and was an Olympian at the 2016 Rio Games.


“I am really excited to have been selected by the New York Empire in the WTT Draft.  I love New York City, and there are few venues in all of tennis that can compare with the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,” said Sanchez. “I can’t wait to join my teammates this summer and experience the energy and atmosphere on Court 17 as we look to compete for a league championship.”


“I had the greatest experience last season playing for the New York Empire and know this summer will be no different,” said Pella. “There is nothing like the energy and electricity you feel when playing in front of a New York crowd.”


Flipkens, Pella and Sanchez join previously announced New York Empire marquee players Genie Bouchard, Mardy Fish and John Isner.


The team’s schedule is book-ended with significant home stands. The New York Empire will host the Philadelphia Freedoms twice and Orange County (Calif.) Breakers within the first five days of the season and closes the season with home matches against the Breakers, San Diego Aviators, Washington Kastles and Springfield Lasers.


When the New York Empire host Philadelphia, Freedoms players Sloane Stephens and Donald Young will appear. Exact dates for Stephens’ and Young’s visits are yet to be determined.


New York Empire Schedule (home matches in bold)


Date                                                 Time                    Opponent

Sunday, July 16                              5:00 p.m.           Philadelphia

Monday, July 17                             TBD                     at Philadelphia

Tuesday, July 18                             TBD                     at Washington (D.C.)

Wednesday, July 19                     7:00 p.m.           Philadelphia

Thursday, July 20                          7:00 p.m.           Orange County (Calif.)

Saturday, July 22                           TBD                     at Orange County (Calif.)

Sunday, July 23                              TBD                     at San Diego

Tuesday, July 25                             TBD                     at Philadelphia

Wednesday, July 26                      TBD                     at Washington (D.C.)

Thursday, July 27                          7:00 p.m.           Orange County (Calif.)

Friday, July 28                                7:00 p.m.           San Diego

Sunday, July 30                              TBD                     Washington (D.C.)

Monday, July 31                            7:00 p.m.           Springfield (Mo.)

Wednesday, August 2                   TBD                     at Springfield (Mo.)


For more information:www.NYEmpireTennis.com