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World TeamTennis Results for Thursday, July 11, 2013

World TeamTennis Results for Thursday, 7/11

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

Springfield Lasers def. WASHINGTON KASTLES 22-15

Men’s Singles – Kevin Anderson (Kastles) def. Andy Roddick (Lasers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Vania King (Lasers) def. Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Leander Paes\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Vania King\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Anastasia Rodionova\Alla Kudryavtseva (Kastles) 5-0

Men’s Doubles – Andy Roddick\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-4

 

Orange County Breakers def. TEXAS WILD 25-15

Men’s Doubles – Treat Huey\Steve Johnson (Breakers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Maria Elena Camerin\Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Darija Jurak (Wild) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Steve Johnson (Breakers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Maria Elena Camerin\Treat Huey (Breakers) def. Darija Jurak\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-3

 

Standings

Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Washington Kastles                4          2          2          0.500   –

New York Sportimes              4          2          2          0.500   0

Boston Lobsters                      4          1          3          0.250   1

Philadelphia Freedoms            3          0          3          0.000   1.5

 

Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Sacramento Capitals               3          3          0          1.000   –

Springfield Lasers                   4          3          1          0.750   0.5

Orange County Breakers        4          2          2          0.500   1.5

Texas Wild                              4          2          2          0.500   1.5

 

Next Matches: 7/12/2013

Orange County Breakers @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:05 PM (CDT)

Philadelphia Freedoms @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:30 PM (EDT)

Boston Lobsters @ SACRAMENTO CAPITALS, 7:35 PM (PDT)

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Texas Wild End Washington Kastles Win Streak in World Team Tennis

 

IRVING, TEXAS (July 10, 2013) – The Texas Wild did what no other team in World TeamTennis could do for the past two seasons, they beat the Washington Kastles.

 

The Wild ended the Kastles’ amazing run of 34 consecutive wins with a 23-18 victory on Wednesday evening at Wild Stadium at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.  One night earlier, the Kastles set the mark for the longest win streak in major U.S. pro sports history in Washington, D.C.  Before tonight, the last time the Kastles lost a match was July 22, 2010.

 

The Kastles started strong in men’s doubles as Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds defeated Aisam Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. to take a 5-3 lead.  The Wild, backed by a boisterous opening night crowd, rallied in the next two sets to win women’s doubles 5-4 and men’s singles 5-3 for a 13-12 lead at halftime.

 

A close battle in mixed doubles saw Qureshi and Darija Jurak emerge as the victors over Paes and Anastasia Rodionova after rallying from 2-4 in the tiebreaker to win the set and take a 18-16 lead into the final event.

 

The women would decide the final results as women’s singles closed out the night.  Eugenie Bouchard was too tough, outlasting Rodionova 5-2 to give the Wild the victory, their second in three matches this season.

 

Washington remains atop the Eastern Conference while Texas moves into a tie for second place in the Western Conference.  The top two teams from each Conference face off on July 25 to determine which teams advance to the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO on Sunday, July 28.

 

For more information, visit www.WTT.com

 

Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Wednesday, 7/10

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

New York Sportimes def. BOSTON LOBSTERS 24-17

Men’s Singles – Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Jill Craybas (Lobsters) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Eric Butorac\Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Jill Craybas\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Jesse Witten\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-3

 

Springfield Lasers def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-20 (OT)

Men’s Singles – Andy Roddick (Lasers) def. Samuel Groth (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Vania King\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Liezel Huber\Alison Riske (Freedoms) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Liezel Huber\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Alison Riske (Freedoms) def. Vania King (Lasers) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) def. Andy Roddick\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) 5-4

Overtime – Men’s Doubles – Andy Roddick\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 1-0

 

TEXAS WILD def. Washington Kastles 23-18

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Eugenie Bouchard\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Alla Kudryavtseva\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Kevin Anderson (Kastles) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Darija Jurak\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) def. Anastasia Rodionova\Leander Paes (Kastles) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) def. Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-2

 

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Orange County Breakers 22-14

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Treat Huey\Maria Elena Camerin (Breakers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Mardy Fish (Capitals) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Maria Elena Camerin\Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Mardy Fish\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Treat Huey\Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-1

 

Standings

Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Washington Kastles                3          2          1          0.667   –

New York Sportimes              4          2          2          0.500   0.5

Boston Lobsters                      4          1          3          0.250   1.5

Philadelphia Freedoms            3          0          3          0.000   2

 

Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Sacramento Capitals               3          3          0          1.000   –

Springfield Lasers                   3          2          1          0.667   1

Texas Wild                              3          2          1          0.667   1

Orange County Breakers        3          1          2          0.333   2

 

Next Matches: 7/11/2013

Springfield Lasers @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:10 PM (EDT)

Orange County Breakers @ TEXAS WILD, 7:35 PM (EDT)

 

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

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Kastles Extend Win Streak to 33

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(July 8, 2013) The Washington Kastles started the 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis season just the way they ended 2012 – with a win.  The Kastles 23-15 win over the New York Sportimes on Monday night in Washington, DC, was the team’s 33rd consecutive victory, tying the U.S. major pro sports team record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.  Among the capacity crowd on hand to watch the Kastles receive championship rings in a pre-match ceremony and tie the Lakers mark was Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, NFL great John Riggins and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.  The Kastles were led by Martina Hingis who dominated Anna-Lena Groenefeld 5-1 in women’s singles, and partnered with Leander Paes for a 5-4 mixed doubles win.

 

Although injured and unable to play, Venus Williams was on hand to receive her 2012 Championship ring and cheer on the team from the bench.  Earlier in the day, Williams joined her 2012 Championship teammates Paes, Anastasia Rodionova, Bobby Reynolds, Coach Murphy Jensen, owner Mark Ein, Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss and King at the White House for a visit with President Obama.

 

The Kastles try to make sports history and break the mark on Tuesday evening at home when they host the Boston Lobsters at 7:10 p.m. ET.  The July 9 match will air live on Tennis Channel.  For more information, visit www.WTT.com

Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Monday, 7/8

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

 

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. New York Sportimes 23-15

Men’s Singles – Kevin Anderson (Kastles) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Martina Hingis\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Kveta Peschke\Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-3

 

SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Boston Lobsters 22-14

Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Andy Roddick (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Katalin Marosi\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) def. Jean-Julien Rojer\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Vania King (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Vania King (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-3

 

Texas Wild def. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS 20-18

Men’s Doubles – Steve Johnson\Treat Huey (Breakers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Darija Jurak\Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) def. Coco Vandeweghe\Maria Elena Camerin (Breakers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Steve Johnson\Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-4

 

SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Philadelphia Freedoms 23-19

Men’s Singles – Samuel Groth (Freedoms) def. Mardy Fish (Capitals) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Maria Sanchez (Freedoms) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Megan Moulton-Levy (Capitals) def. Liezel Huber\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Megan Moulton-Levy\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Liezel Huber\Maria Sanchez (Freedoms) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Mardy Fish\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Jordan Kerr\Samuel Groth (Freedoms) 5-4

 

Standings

Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Washington Kastles                1          1          0          1.000   –

Boston Lobsters                      2          1          1          0.500   0.5

New York Sportimes              2          0          2          0.000   1.5

Philadelphia Freedoms            2          0          2          0.000   1.5

 

Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Sacramento Capitals               2          2          0          1.000    –

Springfield Lasers                   1          1          0          1.000   0.5

Orange County Breakers        2          1          1          0.500   1

Texas Wild                              2          1          1          0.500   1

 

Next Matches: 7/9/2013

Boston Lobsters @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:10 PM (EDT)

Springfield Lasers @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:30 PM (EDT)

For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com

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World TeamTennis Sets TV and Live Streaming Schedule

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 18, 2013) – More than 200 hours of action from Mylan World TeamTennis, including over 70 hours of live coverage, will air on a combination of national and regional television networks and online this July.

 

The Mylan WTT preview show, matches and highlight recap telecasts are expected to reach close to 200 million households worldwide, including the U.S., India, Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Europe, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom.

 

Altitude, Comcast Sports Net, Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), Mediacom, Tennis Channel, and Time Warner Cable Sports will air five Mylan WTT matches this summer, starting with Venus Williams leading the defending champion Washington Kastles at home on July 9 against the Boston Lobsters.  The Kastles have a 32-match win streak heading into the 2013 season, the second longest in major professional U.S. team sports.

 

Televised matches two and three will feature Springfield Lasers and former US Open champion Andy Roddick visiting the Philadelphia Freedoms on July 10 and then the Washington Kastles on July 11.  In May 2013, Roddick and Venus Williams joined the World TeamTennis ownership group.

 

The top-ranked ATP doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan are showcased on July 20 as the newest Mylan WTT team Texas Wild hosts the Orange County Breakers at their new home in Irving, Texas.  The Wild played for 20 seasons in Kansas City, Mo., before relocating earlier this year.

 

The Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, which takes place on July 28, rounds out the 5-match series in the home market of the Eastern Conference Champion.

 

Leif Shiras will be the host for all televised Mylan WTT matches, along with former doubles great Rennae Stubbs, who will provide color commentary.  Harry Cicma will report from the sideline.

 

Mylan WTT will produce three 30-minute highlight shows this July recapping the best matches and moments of each week of the season.  Highlight shows will premiere on July 17 on Tennis Channel and internationally.

 

In a prelude to the July season, the 2013 Mylan WorldTeamTennis preview show presented by Wilson will run this month.  This 30-minute telecast will cover the eight team coed professional team tennis league.  The show will air throughout June on Tennis Channel and regional sports networks.  The preview show includes in-depth analysis of each franchise, complete with interviews, highlights and a look at key matchups heading into the July season; plus a review of the unique format, scoring and rules.

 

In the featured interviews, fans will hear from all the champions including Roddick on playing WTT at 17, Venus Williams on her greatest moment of 2012, Martina Hingis on playing for the Washington Kastles as they try to continue their historic winning streak on par with the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and co-founder Billie Jean King on how it all began four decades ago.  Interviews with Bob and Mike Bryan, John McEnroe, Mardy Fish, Leander Paes and many other stars are also included in the preview show.  For a full list of Mylan WTT telecasts, visit www.WTT.com/TV.

 

In addition to the televised matches, Mylan WTT will live stream 21 matches on WTT.com beginning on opening night, July 7. The first match features the Philadelphia Freedoms on the road against Coco Vandeweghe and the Orange County Breakers, which airs at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.

 

The live stream matches can be viewed on WTT.com and TENNIS.com.  A full list of WTT matches being streamed can be viewed at WTT.com/LiveSchedule.

 

WTT.com will also air several matches that are headlined by multiple marquee players. On Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Eastern, Boston led by Mark Philippoussis hosts 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Martina Hingis in her first match for the Kastles.  Sloane Stephens makes her fourth appearance of the season for the Freedoms, as they play host to the Breakers on July 19 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

 

The 38th season of Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO runs July 7-24, with more the 50 of the world’s best tennis players from 16 countries competing during the three-week regular season.  Mylan WTT Conference Championships are scheduled for Thursday, July 25, and the season concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, on Sunday, July 28 on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion.

 

The Mylan WTT iPhone app returns this summer. Through the app, users can access scores, schedules, player rosters, team information, photos and tickets.

 

Mylan WTT has also launched a new mobile site, which includes links to view the latest scores and schedules, or buy match tickets.   Fans can keep track of the live stream schedule by entering #WTTLive on Twitter to receive daily updates about matchups and marquees, while also joining in the conversation with other Mylan World TeamTennis fans around the world.

 

 

MYLAN WTT TV SCHEDULE:

National Series TV Schedule – airing on Tennis Channel (check local listings for Comcast SportsNet dates)

Tues., July 9 – Boston Lobsters @ Washington Kastles (Venus Williams) – 7 p.m. EDT (LIVE)

Wed., July 10 – Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick) @ Philadelphia Freedoms – 7 p.m. EDT (LIVE)

Thurs., July 11 – Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick) @ Washington Kastles – tape delayed

Sat., July 20 – Orange County Breakers @ Texas Wild (Bob & Mike Bryan) – 8:30 p.m. EDT (LIVE)

 

The Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, which is set for July 28, will air on a tape-delayed telecast on Monday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. EDT

 

 


MYLAN WTT LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE – Regular Season:

Date                           Time                                   Match / Marquee Players

Sun., 7/7                8:00 PM (EDT)                      Philadelphia @ Orange County

Mon., 7/8              7:10 PM (EDT)                      New York @ Washington (Venus Williams)

Wed., 7/10            10:35 PM (EDT)                    Orange County @ Sacramento (Mardy Fish)

Thurs., 7/11          7:10 PM (EDT)                      Springfield (Andy Roddick) @ Washington

Fri., 7/12                9:05 PM (EDT)                      Orange County @ Springfield (Andy Roddick)

Sat., 7/13               10:00 PM (EDT)                    Springfield (Andy Roddick) @ Orange County

Sun., 7/14              6:00 PM (EDT)                      Philadelphia @ Boston (Mark Philippoussis)

Mon., 7/15            7:00 PM (EDT)                      Washington (Martina Hingis) @ Boston (Mark Philippoussis)

Tues., 7/16            10:00 PM (EDT)                    Texas (Bob & Mike Bryan) @ Orange County

Wed., 7/17            10:35 PM (EDT)                    Texas (Bob & Mike Bryan) @ Sacramento

Thurs., 7/18          7:30 PM (EDT)                      Orange County @ New York (John McEnroe) in Albany, N.Y.

Fri., 7/19                7:00 PM (EDT)                      Orange County @ Philadelphia (Sloane Stephens)

Sat., 7/20               7:10 PM (EDT)                      New York @ Washington (Martina Hingis)

Sun., 7/21              7:00 PM (EDT)                      Texas (Bob & Mike Bryan) @ Philadelphia

Mon., 7/22            7:30 PM (EDT)                      Texas @ New York in Randall’s Island, N.Y. (John McEnroe)

Mon., 7/22            10:35 PM (EDT)                    Orange County @ Sacramento Capitals (Sam Querrey)

Tues., 7/23            7:30 PM (EDT)                      Washington (Martina Hingis) @ New York in Randall’s Island, N.Y.

Wed., 7/24            TBD                                         Western Conference Match TBD

Wed., 7/24            TBD                                         Eastern Conference Match TBD

Thurs., 7/25          TBD                                         Eastern Conference Finals

Thurs., 7/25          TBD                                         Western Conference Finals

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World TeamTennis Announces 2013 Schedule

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(March 6, 2013) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The schedule for the 38th season of World TeamTennis has been released. The regular season runs July 7-24, with conference championships scheduled for Thursday, July 25, and concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, July 28.

The season begins on Sunday, July 7 with six of the eight teams in action. But the focus will be on Monday, July 8, when the back-to-back champion WashingtonKastles host their rivals, the New York Sportimes at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf in Washington, D.C.

The Kastles have not lost a match during the past two seasons, winning the 2011 and 2012 Mylan WTT titles. Washington edged Sacramento in the 2012 Finals to complete their second consecutive undefeated season and hoisted the King Trophy for the third time in franchise history. Heading into the 2013 Mylan WTT season, the Kastles have won 32 consecutive matches, including two championship finals.

Their streak ranks among sports’ best and is the second longest in major pro sports league history. The Kastles are one win shy of tying the mark of 33 consecutive wins, held by the NBA’s 1971-72 Lakers. If the Kastles can win their home opener, they will have the opportunity to set a new record on their home court on July 9 when 2012 Finals MVP Venus Williams joins the lineup.

Williams and the Kastles will also visit the League’s newest team, the Irving, Texas-based Texas Wild, on July 10. The Wild are led by the world’s top ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan who will make their home debut on July 20.

Several of tennis’ biggest names are playing Mylan World TeamTennis this summer. Andy Roddick will play five matches for the Springfield Lasers, while rising American star Sloane Stephens joins the Philadelphia Freedoms for home matches on July 16 and 17, and road matches on July 15 and 20.

Mardy Fish returns to Mylan WTT action, playing home matches for the Sacramento Capitals on July 10, 12 and 13.

Other top names set for Mylan WTT action this summer include Mark Philippoussis of the Boston Lobsters and Sam Querrey of the Sacramento Capitals. Philippoussis will play on the road in Texas on July 13 and several home matches still to be determined. Querrey helps the Capitals close out the regular season with matches on July 21, 22, 23 and 24.

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 Texas Wild. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to their respective Conference Championships on July 25. The Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, will be contested on July 28 on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion.

Team lineups will be finalized next week in Indian Wells at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 12 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.

2013 SCHEDULE – Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO

including Marquee matches in parentheses – subject to change (as of March 6, 2013)

Sunday, July 7

New York Sportimes @ Boston Lobsters

Philadelphia Freedoms @ Orange County Breakers

Texas Wild @ Sacramento Capitals

Monday, July 8

New York Sportimes @ Washington Kastles

Boston Lobsters @ Springfield Lasers

Texas Wild @ Orange County Breakers

Philadelphia Freedoms @ Sacramento Capitals

Tuesday, July 9

Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick – SPR) @ New York Sportimes# #in Albany

Boston Lobsters @ Washington Kastles (Venus Williams – WAS)

Wednesday, July 10

New York Sportimes @ Boston Lobsters

Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick – SPR) @ Philadelphia Freedoms

Washington Kastles (Venus Williams – WAS) @ Texas Wild

Orange County Breakers @ Sacramento Capitals (Mardy Fish – SAC)

Thursday, July 11

Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick – SPR) @ Washington Kastles

Orange County Breakers @ Texas Wild

Friday, July 12

Philadelphia Freedoms @ New York Sportimes# #in Albany

Orange County Breakers @ Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick – SPR)

Boston Lobsters @ Sacramento Capitals (Mardy Fish – SAC)

Saturday, July 13

Boston Lobsters (Mark Philippoussis – BOS) @ Texas Wild

Springfield Lasers (Andy Roddick – SPR) @ Orange County Breakers

Washington Kastles @ Sacramento Capitals (Mardy Fish – SAC)

Sunday, July 14

Philadelphia Freedoms @ Boston Lobsters

Sacramento Capitals @ Texas Wild

Monday, July 15

Washington Kastles @ Boston Lobsters

Philadelphia Freedoms (Sloane Stephens – PHL) @ New York Sportimes# #in Albany

Texas Wild @ Springfield Lasers

Sacramento Capitals @ Orange County Breakers

Tuesday, July 16

Boston Lobsters @ New York Sportimes# #in Albany

Washington Kastles @ Philadelphia Freedoms (Sloane Stephens – PHL)

Texas Wild (Bob & Mike Bryan – TEX) @ Orange County Breakers

Wednesday, July 17

New York Sportimes @ Philadelphia Freedoms (Sloane Stephens – PHL)

Springfield Lasers @ Washington Kastles

Texas Wild (Bob & Mike Bryan – TEX) @ Sacramento Capitals

Thursday, July 18

Orange County Breakers @ New York Sportimes# #in Albany

Sacramento Capitals @ Springfield Lasers

Friday, July 19

Sacramento Capitals @ Boston Lobsters

Orange County Breakers @ Philadelphia Freedoms

Washington Kastles @ Texas Wild

Saturday, July 20

New York Sportimes @ Washington Kastles

Philadelphia Freedoms (Sloane Stephens – PHL) @ Springfield Lasers

Orange County Breakers @ Texas Wild (Bob & Mike Bryan – TEX)

Sunday, July 21

Washington Kastles @ Boston Lobsters

Texas Wild (Bob & Mike Bryan – TEX) @ Philadelphia Freedoms

New York Sportimes @ Springfield Lasers

Sacramento Capitals (Sam Querrey – SAC) @ Orange County Breakers

Monday, July 22

Springfield Lasers @ Boston Lobsters

Texas Wild @ New York Sportimes* *at Randall’s Island

Philadelphia Freedoms @ Washington Kastles

Orange County Breakers @ Sacramento Capitals (Sam Querrey – SAC)

Tuesday, July 23

Washington Kastles @ New York Sportimes* *at Randall’s Island

Boston Lobsters @ Philadelphia Freedoms

Sacramento Capitals (Sam Querrey – SAC) @ Springfield Lasers

Wednesday, July 24

New York Sportimes @ Philadelphia Freedoms

Boston Lobsters @ Washington Kastles

Sacramento Capitals (Sam Querrey – SAC) @ Texas Wild

Springfield Lasers @ Orange County Breakers

POST-SEASON:

Thursday, July 25

Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship presented by GEICO – #1 vs. #2 Western Conference teams, location TBD

Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship presented by GEICO – #1 vs. #2 Eastern Conference teams, location TBD

Sunday, July 28

Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO – at home court of Eastern Conference Champion

Mylan World TeamTennis – TEAM VENUES

TEAM Match Venue / Match Start Time

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Orange County Breakers Bren Events Center at UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, Calif. / 7:00pm PT

Sacramento Capitals Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Citrus Heights, Calif. / 7:35pm PT

Texas Wild Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, Texas / 7:35pm CT

Springfield Lasers Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield, Mo. / 7:05pm CT

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Boston Lobsters The Joan Norton Tennis Center at Manchester Athletic Club, Manchester, Mass. // 7:00pm ET

New York Sportimes *Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island, New York, N.Y. and #SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y. / 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

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Andy Roddick, Sloane Stephens Lead World TeamTennis Player Draft

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(February 12, 2013) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis
courts this summer.

The former world number one was the top pick in Tuesday’s World
TeamTennis Marquee Draft. Roddick, who first started with Mylan WTT in
2000, will play for the Springfield Lasers. This will be Roddick’s 7th
Mylan WTT season and his first since 2010.

“I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have
played throughout my career so I’m excited to be back,” said Roddick. “I’ve
always liked the competition and the fan energy. I love being on a team and
am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July.”

Sloane Stephens, a young American who is currently ranked No. 17 on the WTA
Tour, was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms with their first-round pick.
The 20-year-old Stephens first played Mylan World TeamTennis in 2009 as part
of an all-amateur USTA team.

The newest Mylan WTT franchise, Texas Wild, will bring the world’s best
doubles team to their new home court in Irving, Texas. The Wild, who
relocated to Texas this year after 20 seasons in Kansas City, protected the
rights to Bob and Mike Bryan who are back for their 11th season.

Venus Williams, who led the Washington Kastles to their second straight
undefeated season and championship title in 2012, returns to the nation’s
capital for her 10th Mylan WTT season. The three-time champion Kastles will
be taking a 32-match win streak into their 2013 season opener.

Two of the top Americans on the ATP Tour will once again play for the
Sacramento Capitals. The Caps protected their rights to Sam Querrey and
Mardy Fish. Querrey is ranked No. 20 on the ATP Tour and Fish is No. 32.

In a trade completed prior to Tuesday’s draft, the Boston Lobsters acquired
the rights to Mark Philippoussis from the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Teams will complete their lineups next month when the Mylan WTT Roster Draft
is held March 12 in Indian Wells, Calif. Dates for all Mylan WTT matches
will be announced during the week of March 4 when the 2013 schedule is
released.

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 Texas
Wild.

The eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season
which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the
Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference
Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded
team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the
home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Selections (in Draft order)
1. SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1st round selection)
2. TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1st round protection)
3. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (1st round protection -
acquired rights via pre-Draft trade with Philadelphia Freedoms)
4. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (1st round selection)
5. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: no Marquee Player selection
6. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: no Marquee Player selection
7. SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (1st round protection); Sam Querrey
(2nd round protection)
8. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (2nd round protection)

Marquee Player Matches (dates TBD when schedule is released in early March;
additional visits could be added before season):

BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (3 matches).

NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Visiting players are Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
and Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms) for one match each in Albany,
N.Y.

ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas
Wild), and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (2 home matches). Visiting players
are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).
SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (2-3 home matches); Sam Querrey (3rd week

of season). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild).
SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1 home match). Visiting player is Sloane
Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms).
TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1 home match). Visiting player is Venus
Williams (Washington Kastles).
WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (1 home match). Visiting player is Andy
Roddick (Springfield Lasers).

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Dates for 2013 World TeamTennis Season Announced

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 30, 2013) – The 2013 schedule for World TeamTennis will start on Sunday, July 7, with 59 matches scheduled throughout July. League officials today released the dates for the 38th season of Mylan WTT, which concludes with the WTT Finals on Sunday, July 28.

Eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

The Finals are being moved back to their traditional July spot following a one-year move to a September final due to 2012 Olympics scheduling.

Team schedules for the three-week regular season will be announced in early March. The three-time champion Washington Kastles, who won their second consecutive WTT title last summer with back-to-back undefeated 16-0 seasons, will be taking a 32-match win streak into their 2013 season opener.

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 the yet-unnamed Irving, Texas-based team which recently relocated from Kansas City. The Texas team is currently holding a Name Your Team contest through January 31 at www.WTT.com/Texas.

Team lineups will start to be developed at the Mylan WTT Marquee Draft on Tuesday, February 12, with the rosters finalized at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 12. Both drafts are scheduled for Noon EST on WTT.com.

2013 MYLAN WTT KEY DATES:

Tues., February 12 (Noon ET) Mylan WTT Marquee Draft

Week of March 4 2013 match schedule released

Tues., March 12 (Noon ET) Mylan WTT Roster Draft

Sun., July 7 – Wed., July 24 Mylan WTT Regular Season

Thurs., July 25 Mylan WTT Conference Championships presented by GEICO (location: hosted by top seeded team in both Eastern and Western Conferences)

Sun., July 28 Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO (location: at home court of Eastern Conference Champion)

TEAM MATCH VENUE

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Orange County Breakers Bren Events Center at UC Irvine Campus, Irvine, Calif.

Sacramento Capitals Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavilion, Citrus Heights, Calif.

Irving, Texas (team name TBD) Venue TBD, Irving, Texas

Springfield Lasers Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield, Mo.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Boston Lobsters The Joan Norton Tennis Center at Manchester Athletic Club, Manchester, Mass.

New York Sportimes Sportime Stadium at Randall’s Island, New York, N.Y.

Philadelphia Freedoms The Pavilion at Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.

Washington Kastles Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, Washington, D.C.


 

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ESPN 2013 Australian Open Programming Schedule on ESPN Classic

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(January 4, 2013)From ESPN – In January, ESPN Classic will present 80 hours of Australian Open programming – great matches, some on the day of a significant anniversary, plus tennis-themed editions of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning SportsCentury series and other interview shows.

 

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 12 a.m. ET (Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN Classic will air Australian Open programming virtually around the clock until Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. The marathon will climax with three memorable men’s matches from a year ago – the semifinals pitting Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer, and the championship between Djokovic and Nadal. At 5 hours, 53 minutes, it stands as tennis’ longest Grand Slam final in history.

 

Later in the month, ESPN Classic will air a number of Australian Open matches upon a significant anniversary (5th, 10th, etc.), including Andy Roddick’s epic 21-19 fifth set vs. Younes El Aynaoui in the 2003 Australian Openquarterfinals (January 22, 9 a.m.), the Williams Sisters squaring off in the 2003 Women’s Final (January 24, 5 p.m.) and the 1993 Women’s Final between Monica Seles and Steffi Graf (January 29, 5 p.m.).

 

The 2013 Australian Open

ESPN’s 29th consecutive Australian Open will begin Sunday, Jan. 13, with more than 100 live hours on ESPN2 HD (50+ more in afternoon reairs) and 600+ on ESPN3. Daily action continues each night with afternoon reairs through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with reairs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time.

 

Date Time (ET) Event
Tues, Jan 8 12 – 2 a.m. 1993 Women’s Final: Seles vs. Graf
2 – 4 a.m. 1996 Women’s Final: Huber vs. Seles
4 – 6 a.m. 1991 Women’s Final: Seles vs. Novotna
7 – 7:30 a.m. Up Close Classics: Jimmy Connors
7:30 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury: Chris Evert
8 – 10 a.m. 2011 Women’s Round of 16: Schiavone vs. Kuznetsova
10 – 11:30 a.m. 2001 Women’s Semifinal: Capriati vs Davenport
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2001 Women’s Final: Capriati vs Hingis
1 – 3 p.m. 1988 Men’s Final: Wilander vs Cash
3 – 5 p.m. 1988 Women’s Semifinal: Evert vs Navratilova
5 – 7 p.m. 1988 Women’s Final: Graf vs Evert
7 – 10 p.m. 2005 Men’s Quarterfinal: Hewitt vs Nalbandian
10 p.m. – MID 1995 Men’s Final: Agassi vs Sampras
Wed, Jan 9 12 – 2 a.m. 2011 Men’s Final: Djokovic vs Murray
2 – 4 a.m. 2000 Men’s Semifinal: Agassi vs Sampras
4 – 6 a.m. 2003 Men’s Final: Agassi vs Schuettler
7 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury: Steffi Graf
8 – 10 a.m. 2002 Women’s Final: Capriati vs Hingis
10 a.m. – Noon 2010 Women’s Final: S.Williams vs Henin
Noon – 2 p.m. 1993 Women’s Final: Seles vs Graf
2 – 4 p.m. 1993 Men’s Final: Courier vs Edberg
4 – 6 p.m. 2008 Women’s Final: Sharapova vs Ivanovic
6 – 8 p.m. 2008 Men’s Final: Djokovic vs Tsonga
Thur, Jan 10 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. 2005 Men’s Semifinal: Federer vs Safin
5 – 5:30 a.m. Jim Rome Classics: Andre Agassi
5:30 – 6 a.m. SportsCentury: Zina Garrison
7 – 7:30 a.m. Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova
8:30 – 11 a.m. 2005 Men’s Round of 16: Hewitt vs Nadal
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 1995 Men’s Quarterfinal: Sampras vs Courier
1 – 3 p.m. 2003 Women’s Final: V.Williams vs S.Williams
3 – 8 p.m. 2003 Men’s Quarterfinal: Roddick vs El Aynaoui
Fri, Jan 11 12 a.m. – 5 a.m. 2009 Men’s Semifinal: Nadal vs Verdasco
5 – 5:30 a.m. Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King
5:30 – 6 a.m. Firestone Chats: Tennis Legends Ashe, King, McEnroe & Connors
7 – 8 a.m. SportsCentury: John McEnroe
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 2009 Men’s Final: Nadal vs Federer
1 – 3 p.m. 2012 Men’s Semifinal: Djokovic vs Murray
3 – 5 p.m. 2012 Men’s Semifinal: Nadal vs Federer
5 – 8 p.m. 2012 Men’s Final: Djokovic vs Nadal
Tue, Jan 22 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2003 Men’s Quarterfinal: Roddick vs El Aynaoui – *
Thur, Jan 24 5 – 7 p.m. 2003 Women’s Final: V.Williams vs S.Williams – *
Fri, Jan 25 3 – 5 p.m. 2008 Women’s Final: Sharapova vs Ivanovic – *
5 – 7 p.m. 2003 Men’s Final: Agassi vs Schuettler – *
Mon, Jan 28 5 – 7 p.m. 2008 Men’s Final: Djokovic vs Tsonga – *
Tue, Jan 29 5 – 7 p.m. 1993 Women’s Final: Seles vs Graf – *
Wed Jan 30 6 – 8 p.m. 1993 Men’s Final: Courier vs Edberg – *

* – Date of actual anniversary (5th,10th or 20th)

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Serena Williams Powers Past Cornet in Brisbane

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(January 1, 2013) Serena Williams nailed six aces in sailing  past Alize Cornet of France 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday at the Brisbane International.

Williams dominated with her power rocking one of her aces at 124 mph (200 kilometers per hour).

“I just really went for it. I’ve hit 200 before, but they never go in so I was really excited that it went in,” Williams said. “I tried to be more aggressive.

Williams has lost once in her last 34 tour matches.

Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament still nursing a right collarbone injury, while seeds Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani were upset. With the defeats of Kvitova, and Errani, the tournament has lost five of its top ten seeds.

“This tournament was a really tough draw, everybody’s playing,” 2011 Brisbane winner Kvitova told media. “After the offseason, it’s hard to be on the court against some opponents.”

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
December 30, 2012-January 5, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – January 1, 2013

WTA Singles – Second Round
(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (5) Sara Errani (ITA) 46 61 75
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 75
(Q) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 36 62 76(6) (saved 4mp)

WTA Doubles – First Round
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 62 64
(2) Huber/Martínez Sánchez (USA/ESP) d. Birnerova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 63 63
(4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Cibulkova/Llagostera Vives (SVK/ESP) 16 64 108 (Match TB)
(WC) Gajdosova/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 64 62

 

ATP Singles – First Round
[7] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] D Kudla (USA) 26 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) d [8] M Klizan (SVK) 61 62
[Q] J Millman (AUS) d T Ito (JPN) 64 61
[WC] L Hewitt (AUS) d [LL] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 46 62
T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] R Harrison (USA) 64 76(4)
A Falla (COL) d [Q] J Levine (USA) 61 76(8)
D Goffin (BEL) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) 62 62
G Dimitrov (BUL) d B Baker (USA) 63 76(8)

ATP Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / J Nieminen (FIN) d [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 63 63
A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) d F Mayer (GER) / F Moser (GER) 63 76(5)
M Melo (BRA) / T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) 64 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY,  JANUARY 2, 2013

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
[Q] M Puig (PUR) vs [4] A Kerber (GER) – WTA
[WC] J Gajdosova (AUS) vs [LL] L Tsurenko (UKR) – WTA
[6] F Mayer (GER) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs S Lisicki (GER) – WTA
[4] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs J Nieminen (FIN) – ATP

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
D Hantuchova (SVK) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
S Stephens (USA) vs S Arvidsson (SWE) – WTA
A Falla (COL) vs [3] G Simon (FRA) – ATP
T Robredo (ESP) vs [5] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
B Mattek-Sands (USA) / S Mirza (IND) vs [2] L Huber (USA) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) – WTA

SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[4] A Groenefeld (GER) / K Peschke (CZE) vs A Amanmuradova (UZB) / V King (USA) – WTA
D Goffin (BEL) / G Muller (LUX) vs [2] C Fleming (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) – ATP
[1] E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) vs J Melzer (AUT) / M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
B Baker (USA) / R Harrison (USA) vs O Rochus (BEL) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP

 

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Tennis Channel Announces Live Hopman Cup Coverage Schedule

(December 27, 2012) LOS ANGELES – Tennis Channel will bring viewers tournament coverage from the 2013 Hyundai Hopman Cup beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 3:30 p.m. ET. The network’s telecast will include U.S. competitions and the championship final of the annual international mixed-doubles tournament. All Hopman Cup matches, which feature teams consisting of one man and one woman, will take place at the Perth Arena in Australia, Dec. 29-Jan. 5.

 

The United States continues to lead all nations in Hopman Cup titles, claiming its sixth crown in the 2011 competition when Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner defeated Belgium’s Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans 2-1. This year’s mixed-doubles team features seven-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1, Venus Williams, and U.S. Davis Cup regular Isner, who is competing for his third year. Williams won her fourth Olympic gold medal when she paired with her sister Serena in the women’s doubles event in London. She also holds 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. Isner, currently the top-ranked American male player, won ATP World Tour titles at Winston-Salem and Newport in 2012, and defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route to the final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The Americans’ first challenge is France’s Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga and his country’s top female player, Mathilde Johansson. Tsonga, World No. 8, will make his Hopman Cup debut this weekend. The Frenchman had an impressive run at this year’s Wimbledon semifinals before falling to finalist Andy Murray. In 2012 he captured two ATP tournament titles and reached the finals at Beijing and Stockholm.

 

Coverage from Perth, Australia (all times EST):

Tuesday, Jan. 1:

3:30 p.m. – USA v. France

 

Thursday, Jan. 3:

3:30 p.m. – USA v. Spain

 

Sunday, Jan. 6:

8 a.m. – Championship

8 p.m. – Instant Encore, Championship

 

In their second competition, the Americans will face Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues. Verdasco became only the seventh player in eight years to beat former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on clay when he defeated his fellow countryman in the second round of the Madrid Open in May. He reached the finals at the Mexican Open in Acapulco this year before falling to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. Verdasco’s best performance at a Grand Slam came in the 2009 Australian Open semifinal, where he lost to Nadal after a grueling five-hour-and-fourteen-minute battle.

 

A number of top-ranked tennis stars are competing for this year’s Hopman Cup. This includes Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, Germany’s Tommy Haas, Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and Australia’s Bernard Tomic.

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