2008 POC Masthead

News from World TeamTennis
December 18, 2008
2008:  MEMORABLE MOMENTS
Tennis ballElton, BJK & friends raise $400k for charity
at Advanta WTT Smash Hits

The economy may be in rough shape, but you couldn't tell it by the generosity of the fans and sponsoEJ BJK POC 2008rs of the 2008 Advanta WTT Smash Hits.  Long-time pals Elton John and Billie Jean King teamed up for their 16th annual charity event in Kennesaw, Ga., this October to raise $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.  Long-time Smash Hits supporters Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova and Martina Navratilova were joined by newcomers Jesse Levine and Melanie Oudin for an entertaining and very competitive afternoon of tennis.  Watch the highlights on Tennis Channel on December 25 (10:30 am EST).

photo: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Roddick spotlight BUZZ WIN!  BUZZ WIN!
 
New York Buzz spotlightThe "buzz" in the WTT Pro League this summer was all about the New York Buzz.  The unheralded team from Albany, N.Y., surprised the regular season powerhouse Kansas City Explorers to win their first WTT title.  The Explorers were heavily favored after posting a 13-1 regular season record and dispatching the 2007 champion Sacramento Capitals in the semifinals.

Buzz trophy 2008

The Buzz ousted the New York Sportimes in the other semifinal and continued their run in the Championship Match, outlasting the Explorers 21-18.  It was the 4th appearance for the Buzz in the WTT Championship Finals.  The team, coached by Jay Udwadia, included Patrick Briaud, Gabriela Navratilova, Nathan Healey and Yaroslava Shvedova.

photo: Fred & Susan Mullane / Camerawork USA
Roddick spotlightANDY SAID HE'LL DO WHAT???
 
While auctioning off a tennis lesson with Andy Roddick during the pre-match reception at Andy smile SH 2008Advanta WTT Smash Hits, the auctioneer joked that Andy would take off his shirt for the lesson.  That moved the bid up to $12,000.  Roddick laughed when the auction item became a "full monty" and sold for $15,000.  Newspapers and blogs all over the world picked up the story and it took on a life of its own.  Fortunately Andy has a great sense of humor and took to his own blog to remind people that he was JUST KIDDING!

photo: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Roddick spotlight CHAMPIONS IN LIFE
  • Tennis players are some of the most charitable athletes around and you don't have to look any further than the lineup for the 2008 Advanta WTT Smash Hits to see some of the most generous.  All the Smash Hits players - Anna Kournikova, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Jesse Levine, Melanie Oudin (pictured) - donated thAndy smile SH 2008eir time, talents and more to the annual charity event.  Jesse Levine filled in with just a few days notice en route to the ATP Masters event in Spain.  Levine and Roddick had to scramble after the match to catch an international flight from Atlanta.  Martina Navratilova donated one of her paintings which Roddick bought during the pre-event auction.  Top US junior and Marietta, Ga., resident Melanie Oudin relished her first Smash Hits experience.  The 17-year-old did a number of pre-event interviews including an early 7 am appearance on the TV morning program, "Good Day Atlanta".  (photo: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA)
  • AK Guam Hospital visit 2008The giving didn't stop with Smash Hits.  Bob & Mike Bryan (Kansas City Explorers) hosted their first charity event for the Bryan Brothers Foundation . . . Anna Kournikova (St. Louis Aces) went on an USO Tour to Guam to visit soldiers and their families . . . Andy Roddick (Advanta WTT Smash Hits) held another successful charity event for the Andy Roddick Foundation. (photo: USO)
  • The Washington Kastles were a big hit in their inaugural season, providing more than $110,000 in cash anUS Open 2007d donated goods including tickets, racquets and merchandise to local charities, youth groups and children.
  • 140,000 and counting!!!  That's how many FREE junior tennis racquets that WTT's presenting sponsor Advanta has given out as part of their "Ready, Set, Racquet!" campaign since 2003.  Advanta continued the program in 2008, distributing free racquets to kids age 4-16 at every WTT match.
  • Tennis needs ambassadors at all levels and when it comes to galvanizing efforts at the recreational level, Orly Mayron and Ann Bent of Boca Raton, Fla., are two of the best.  Not only do these League Directors run successful Recreational League and Corporate League WTT programs, but this year they added a WTT wheelchair tournament to tD Mast Awards 2008he mix.  For their efforts with WTT to grow the game in Broward and south Palm Beach counties and reach beyond the traditional WTT Rec League, they were honored with the Delaine Mast Award at the 2008 WTT Nationals.
Roddick spotlight A BUSY YEAR FOR BJK
BJK Book Cover Billie Jean King isn't known for taking it slow, but 2008 was a particularly busy year.  From national commercials (NutriSystem, GEICO and Merrill Lynch) to closing out the year at the WTA Championships in Dubai where she was named UNESCO Global Mentor for Gender Equality, it was a very busy 12 months for the King.  BJK's year was highlighted by the release of her first book in 20 years, "Pressure is A Privilege".  The book is a great gift for the holidays or any time of the year.  To buy a copy  - click HERE.
2009: LOOKING AHEAD

FEBRUARY:
2/27-3/1 -- Rec National Qualifier - Bradenton, Fla.
early Feb. -- WTT Pro League Marquee Players announced

MARCH:

3/2 -- Tennis Night in America / BJK Cup (Madison Sq. Garden)
3/31 -- WTT Player Draft - Miami, Fla.

APRIL:

4/16-18 -- USTA National Campus Championship - Surprise, Ariz.
4/17-19 -- Rec National Qualifier - Las Vegas, Nev.
4/17-19 -- Rec Open Division Nationals - Las Vegas, Nev.

JULY:

7/2-22 -- WTT Pro League Regular Season
7/24-26 -- WTT Championship Weekend - location TBD
7/17-19 -- Rec National Qualifier - Kansas City, Mo.

AUGUST:

Date TBD -- WTT Junior Nationals - San Diego, Calif.
Date TBD -- X TeamTennis High School Championships - TBD
8/28-30 -- Rec National Qualifier - Raleigh, N.C.

SEPTEMBER:

9/25-27 -- Rec National Qualifier - Irvine, Calif.
TBD -- Rec National Qualifier - East Coast location TBD

OCTOBER:
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 -- WTT Rec Nationals - Indian Wells, Calif.

LOOKING AHEAD:
March 2009 - Tennis Night in America

Are you ready for Tennis Night in Tennis Night in AmericaAmerica?

Tennis Night in America is a celebration of tennis featuring the best female stars - Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic - competing in a single-elimination event in the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup on Monday, March 2.  The event will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on HBO.

The event also features Youth Registration Night, the USTA's largest youth tennis recruitment effort ever. Parents can register their children for spring and summer programs at thousands of facilities nationwide. The USTA will provide turnkey promotional tools and marketing support to these facilities, as well as priority access to coach training.

To learn more about Tennis Night in America - go HERE.
Did you know . . .
USTA Southernthat Katherine Oudin, who helped lead USTA Southern (pictured) to the WTT Junior Nationals title this summer, is the twin sister of Melanie Oudin, a standout at the Advanta WTT Smash Hits.
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In This Issue
2008 Memorable Moments
Elton raises a racquet
Buzz Win! Buzz Win!
Andy naked??
Champions in Life. . .
Busy year for BJK . . .
2009: Looking Ahead
Tennis Night in America
Did you know?
Wilson Tip
2008 WTT CHAMPIONS
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WTT PRO LEAGUE:
New York Buzz
Owner: Nitty Singh
Coach: Jay Udwadia

Team:  Patrick Briaud, Gabriela Navratilova, Nathan Healey, Yaroslava Shvedova

WTT PRO LEAGUE AWARDS:
Male MVP:
Ramon Delgado
Newport Beach

Female MVP:
Rennae Stubbs
Kansas City

Male Rookie:
Travis Parrott
Philadelphia

Female Rookie:
Yaroslava Shvedova
New York Buzz

Coach of the Year:
Brent Haygarth
Kansas City

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WTT REC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS:


WTT NATIONALS -
3.0
Order in the Court
Irvine, Calif. 

 
3.5
Kyper's Snipers
Lancaster, Pa. 

 
4.0
Beauties & the Beasts
Tarzana, Calif. 

 
4.5
San Diego Roamers
San Diego, Calif. 


OPEN DIVISION
Las Vegas Longshots
Las Vegas, Nev
 
SENIOR 3.5
Fun, Fun, Fun
Kensington, Md.

 
SENIOR 4.0
Beach Nuts
Virginia Beach, Va. 

 
CORPORATE 3.5
Boeing
St. Louis, Mo. 

 
CORPORATE 4.0
Boca Med Grand Slammers
Boca Raton, Fla.
 
CORPORATE 4.5
Medtronic Schok'r W.S.
Maple Grove, Minn.

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WTT JUNIOR NATIONALS
USTA Southern
Coach:  Susannah Cook
Team: 
Vikram Hundal, Alpharetta, Ga.
 
Henry Jang-Milsten, Alpharetta, Ga.
 
Ross Peets,
Jackson, Miss.,
 
Kaitlin Burns, Wilmington, N.C.,
 
Katherine Oudin, Marietta, Ga.
 
Jeri Reichel
Hilton Head Island,

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X TEAMTENNIS
HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Chris Damion and Hailey Hogan
Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif.

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DELAINE MAST AWARD

Orly Mayron and
Ann Bent
Boca Raton, Fla.

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NOVO NORDISK DONNELLY AWARDS
Jordan Cox
Duluth, Ga.
 
Jennifer Heumann Huntington Beach, Calif.

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