2008 POC Masthead

News from World TeamTennis June 10, 2008
Teams gear up for next WTT Rec League National Qualifier, July 18-20, in Kansas City
The Kansas City Explorers won't be the only team in Kansas City this summer battling for a national title.  While the Explorers are looking to earn a trip to the WTT Pro League finals, recreational teams from throughout the U.S. will also be in Kansas City for the next WTT Rec League National Qualifier.

Action gets underway July 18 at the Plaza Tennis Center and continues through July 20.  Registration deadline for the six divisions is July 4.  Winning teams from each division advance to the WTT National Finals, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Indian Wells, Calif., where they will battle champions from five other qualifying events.

Contact Jennifer Smith at jsmith@wtt.com for more information or register online at WTT.com.

REGISTER NOW - click here
Wilson Tip of the Month:

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By Tracy Almeda-Singian/Wilson

One of the most under practiced shots is the overhead.  Often times the toughest people to beat are the lobbers, wouldn't it be great to be able to end the point?

There are many parallels from sport to sport. Borrowing from some other sports here are a couple of tips you can use to improve your overhead:

Pretend that you are a football quarterback in the pocket. When moving back for the overhead make sure you turn your body sideways with your hands in a throwing motion. Keeping your balance and having your hands ready are both key to a good overhead.

Think that you are catching a fly ball with your non-dominant hand.  Making sure your left hand (if you are right-handed) is under the ball assures a better point of contact.  Make sure you are balanced and not hitting off your back foot.

Spike it like volleyball. Wrist snap is essential to a good overhead. Make sure that you make contact in front of your front shoulder, get your weight towards the court and snap! Make it a goal to have your overhead bounce just once before going over the fence.

This should be an aggressive shot that helps put you in an offensive position to end the point.  The overhead is a great weapon to have in your arsenal.  So the next time you hit the courts, remember to practice your overhead.

Tracy Almeda-Singian is a former WTA Tour Player, USPTA Professional, and current Grassroots Manager for Wilson Racquet Sports.

Las Vegas Longshots capture 2008 WTT Rec League Open National Championship

Teams from six divisions advance to Finals in November

 08 Rec Open Champs LasVegas Longshots
The Las Vegas Longshots of Las Vegas, Nev., (pictured at left) captured the World TeamTennis Rec League Open Division National Championship at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.  The Open Division Championship was part of the WTT Rec League National Qualifier.
Rob Kinas captained his Longshots to their second consecutive Open Division title with a 5-0 round robin record.  Kinas was joined on the team by Jennifer McGaffigan, Raleigh, N.C.; Linda Tran, Flint, Mich.; and Catrina Thompson, Erica Fisk, Gordon Hammond, Alex Sugai, Mark Swanson, Derek Brooks, and Devin Luzod, all of Las Vegas, Nev.
For most of the teams, the weekend event was a qualifying tournament to earn their way to the National Finals in November.  Recreational tennis teams from California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Puerto Rico also won regional titles and will advance to the WTT National Finals, on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Indian Wells, Calif., where they will battle champions from five other qualifying events.
The Las Vegas qualifier is the second of six WTT Rec League qualifying events.  The next WTT National Qualifier will be July 18-20 in Kansas City, Mo.  Other qualifiers will be held this year in Raleigh, N.C.; Wilmington, Del.; and Irvine, Calif.

For full results from the Las Vegas National Qualifier, click HERE.

Got Green

Considering solar? Today, more than 200,000 homes across the USA take advantage of the sun's energy to reduce or eliminate their monthly electric utility bill. 

Fact: you gain an estimated $20 in home value for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills* - without raising your property taxes!

Solar economics depend on local factors such as sun strength, electricity prices, state incentives and net metering policies. To find the most recent information on programs for all 50 states, visit The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) at www.dsireusa.org  Aside from state incentives, federal investment tax credits are available for residential photovoltaic (PV) installation and for commercial systems.

FirmGreen is helping facility owners reduce the environmental impact for their property and lower operating costs with solar energy. Find out more at: www.firmgreenenergy.com.

* data from National Appraisal Institute

Click HERE to see the list of
2008 WTT member benefits.
Indianapolis Tennis Championships
Indy tourney WTT discount
The 2008 Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly is offering World TeamTennis members an exciting opportunity to purchase tickets at an exclusive discounted rate.
Call the tournament office at 800-622-5683 by July 1, 2008 and mention you are a World TeamTennis member to receive a $4 off discount on tickets purchased.  The discount offer is valid for Monday - Thursday, July 14-17, 2008 (afternoon sessions only).
For a full list of WTT Member Discounts - click here.

Take advantage of Blle d Mtch discount
for WTT members, directors
Blle d Mtch, the official apparel of World TeamTennis is offering WTT Rec League Directors and players a discount on Blle d Mtch apparel when ordering through their Customer Care phone number (1-800-356-1021).
  • 30-35% off retail price.
  • Discount applies to all fashion and team apparel. Balle de Match 2007 logo
  • Discount is only applicable when buying via the Blle d Mtch Customer Care number at 1-800-356-1021. 
  • Please identify yourself as a WTT Rec League Director or player to receive the discount.

While the Blle d Mtch website (www.balledematch.com) is under renovation, WTT League Directors and players can call the Customer Care number to request a 2008 Blle d Mtch catalog.

Advanta reaches out to small business in developing countries
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Advanta, presenting sponsor of the WTT Pro League, is lending a helping hand to small business entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Advanta and Kiva have launched the KivaB4B Project (www.kivab4b.org), a joint initiative that encourages small business owners and entrepreneurs in the U.S. to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through the initiative, Advanta customers can make grants - using an Advanta business credit card - to Kiva for entrepreneurs of their choice, and Advanta will match each grant, dollar for dollar, up to $200 per month per account. That's double the capital, double the impact.
Advanta is one of the nation's largest credit card issuers (through Advanta Bank Corp.) in the small business market, and Kiva is a non-profit organization that created the first peer-to-peer microfinance platform.  
"In our years of working with small business owners, we've found that many of them remember the moment someone gave them inspiration, some good advice, or a little cash to get things going," said Ami Kassar, Advanta's Chief Innovation Officer. "Now, through KivaB4B, American small business owners can offer that same ray of hope to entrepreneurs in developing countries."
Advanta was started in 1951 with $30 in seed money. Jack Alter, a Philadelphia school teacher, wanted to help fellow teachers get access to capital. Advanta learned early on that an entrepreneur with a little bit of money can change the world. Today, Kiva is providing that access to entrepreneurs around the globe. A typical entrepreneur on Kiva is seeking less than $1,000 for their business.

For detailed information on how KivaB4B works, please visit www.kivab4b.org or visit the Kiva Business 4 Business Community board.

WTT Wheelchair tennisWheelchair athletes participated in an exhibition featuring the WTT format this spring at the Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton, Fla.  The teams were organized by the Founder and Organizer of the Florida Open and the National Wheelchair Sports Fund, Bruce Karr.
In This Issue
Teams gear up for KC
Wilson Tip - Put it away!
Vegas team wins Open title
Green Tips
WTT member discounts
Blle d Mtch offer
Sponsor Spotlight

Billie Jean King chats and writes
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WTT co-founder Billie Jean King will be doing an online chat on the Washington Post website on Tuesday, June 10 at 1 pm Eastern.  Visit the Washington Post website and ask Billie Jean a question about the upcoming WTT season, Wimbledon or her new book. 

Click here to go to the
chat discussion page to ask a question or see Billie Jean's answers.

Billie Jean King
Tuesday, June 10
1 pm EST

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WTT co-founder
 Speaking of Billie Jean's new book -- Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes -- will be available beginning Aug. 12.  Pre-order now for a special discount.
Bob Bryan (KC) wins mixed doubles at French Open
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Congratulations to Bob Bryan (Kansas City Explorers) on capturing the 2008 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship.  Bryan teamed with Victoria Azarenka to win the title, 6-2, 7-6 (4), over Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic.

Read more . . .

Pro Tour Results
2008 WTT




July 18-20

Kansas City, Mo.


Aug. 22-24

Raleigh, N.C.


Sept. 19-21

Wilmington, Del.


Sept. 26-28

Irvine, Calif.


WTT Nationals:

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2

Indian Wells, Calif.



Jennifer Smith
at 800-TEAM-TEN or jsmith@wtt.com 

with any questions.

Visit WTT.com for registration deadlines.

Good news for tennis

Tennis is growing!

Ball sales are up and so is participation.  According to a National Sporting Goods Association report, tennis participation increased 20% in 2007 - with more than 12.3 million players.

Read more good tennis news at the Tennis Industry Association website - www.tennisindustry.org

July & August 2008

July 3-23:
WTT Pro League regular season

July 4:
Registration deadline for National Qualifier in Kansas City, Mo.

July 18-20:
WTT Rec League National Qualifier in Kansas City, Mo.

July 24-27:
WTT Championship Weekend

August 14-17:
WTT Junior Nationals hosted by
Billie Jean King
in San Diego, Calif.
Presenting sponsor of World TeamTennis:

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