WTT players capture French Open titles
Three of WTT's finest captured Grand Slam titles at the 2009 French Open. Liezel Huber (Springfield) and Bob Bryan (Kansas City) won the mixed doubles championship, while Leander Paes (Washington) teamed with Lukas Dlouhy to win the men's doubles title.
It was the 9th Grand Slam doubles title for Paes, who will be making his WTT debut for the Washington Kastles this July.
It was the 6th mixed doubles Grand Slam title for Bryan and his second consecutive French Open Mixed Doubles Championship. Bob and his twin brother Mike have won seven men's doubles major championships.
For Huber, it was her first time to capture a mixed doubles Grand Slam title, adding to her four Grand Slam championships in women's doubles.
photos: Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Kansas City, Here We Come
Next stop for the Advanta WTT Rec League National Qualifers is July 17-19 at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Mo. This is the third opportunity this year for recreational teams to qualify to advance to the Advanta WTT Nationals, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Indian Wells, Calif.
An added bonus for players in the Kansas City National Qualifier is they receive a special ticket discount to see the world's best doubles team in action for the Kansas City Explorers. Bob and Mike Bryan will play for the Explorers on Saturday, July 18 at M&I Bank Stadium at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City.
Eight divisions will be offered at the KC qualifer: 3.0; 3.5; 4.0; 4.5; Senior 3.5; Senior 4.0; 60+ Senior 3.5; and 60+ Senior 4.0. Registation deadline is July 3. For more information, visit WTT.com
or contact Jennifer Smith at 800-832-6836.
|Turfer named official apparel of WTT;
World TeamTennis and Turfer Athletic have announced a multi-year agreement making Turfer Athletic the official apparel supplier of both the Advanta WTT Professional and Recreational Leagues.
offers member discounts
Turfer will develop a proprietary lifestyle brand of World TeamTennis apparel available online and at select Advanta WTT Pro and Rec League events. Turfer has launched a website, www.turfer.com/WTT
, featuring tennis-inspired lifestyle clothing suited for wearing both on and off the court. The website will offer substantial discounts for World
TeamTennis members on the WTT Collection of custom apparel and outerwear. Rec League members receive a 25% discount on WTT products - use the code WTTREC09
when ordering at www.turfer.com/WTT
During the Pro League season, Turfer will outfit officials, ball kids and staff in the 10 franchise markets and will have merchandise onsite at many of the Advanta WTT Pro League matches in July.
|Become the Ultimate Online Fan of WTT
Are you plugged in? Well, World TeamTennis is! You can become the ultimate fan by connecting with all of your favorite WTT leagues, teams, players, and partners on their official websites, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages, and more. You can follow all of the latest news, check out pictures from recent matches, read players' blogs, watch video highlights, and much more.
Whose online? Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Venus & Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Anna Kournikova, the Bryan brothers, Michael Chang, Martina Navratilova, Travis Parrott, and Billie Jean King just to name a few.
What teams are online? All ten World TeamTennis franchises are online and many of them are on multiple sites.
What Leagues are online? The Advanta WTT Pro League and Recreational Leagues are online. You can find out where to buy tickets to the next Pro League match near you or sign-up to play in a local league.
How can I connect with them? Just go to WTT.com/Online to find a complete listing of all your favorite leagues, teams, players and partners all in one convenient place. From there, you can be a friend, become a fan, and follow their every move as the 2009 WTT season unfolds.
So what are you waiting for? Become the ultimate fan by logging onto WTT.com/Online now!
|Doubles is the key to success
in the Advanta WTT Pro League
Doubles plays a more prominent role in the Advanta WTT Pro League than it may with other professional tennis events.
Accounting for three of the five sets played in WTT matches, the measure of a successful team is having players that know how to win in doubles. Strategies revolve around the doubles skills of the players. If the home team has two accomplished doubles players, the head coach will likely place a doubles set at the end of the match lineup, so that either closing out the match or the need to push the final set into Overtime favors the home team.
This year's Pro League features a mix of players with doubles success, including several who have won numerous Grand Slam titles and tour level events. The 2009 WTT lineup has won an astounding 748 doubles titles, 95 men's and women's Grand Slam Doubles Championships and 32 mixed doubles titles. In addition, 11 of this year's players have been / are ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles... impressive!
Doubles tennis professionals play a significant role in the way WTT teams build success and solidarity. One of the skills doubles players hone over time is collaboration. Trust, transparency, and teamwork are all components of doubles teams becoming victorious. 'Team' is an important aspect to WTT. It's in the League name and it's in the winning formula. Just ask League co-founder Billie Jean King -- she won 101 doubles titles in the Open Era.
Current and former world doubles No. 1s playing WTT in 2009: Boston - Martina Navratilova; Kansas City - Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan; NY Sportimes - John McEnroe; Philadelphia - Lisa Raymond; Sacramento - Mark Knowles, Rennae Stubbs; Springfield - Liezel Huber; St. Louis - Kim Clijsters, Anna Kournikova; and Washington - Leander Paes.
-- Matt Fitzgerald
The 2009 season of the Advanta WTT Pro League begins July 2. For more information, visit WTT.com.
The Las Vegas Longshots won their third consecutive WTT Rec League Open Championship in Las Vegas this spring. The Longshots, captained by Rob Kinas, defeated Braemar Gigi's of Tarzana, Calif., in the final 35-26 to win the national title. For full results from the Las Vegas National Qualifier, click here.
Wilson Tip of the Month - SELECTING A SHOE
Start the season off on the right foot!
Selecting the right pair of shoes can be critical to your success on the tennis court. Here are a few tips to follow when selecting a new pair of shoes.
Know your foot type and the support you need. Players that wear out the medial portion (towards the big toe) of the outsole are known to have a Pronated foot type. Since most of the weight is located on the medial side of the foot, the player will need a shoe that provides stability and extra support towards the front of the shoe. If a player has a Supinated foot type, they will wear out the lateral (towards the pinky toe) portion of the outsole. This player will require a slightly wider toe box and more cushioning towards the lateral portion of the outsole. When a player evenly wears out the outsole of the shoe this person is considered to have a Neutral foot type. A player with a Neutral foot type can easily fit into any style of tennis shoe without issues.
Once you know your foot type, it is important to understand the anatomy of the shoe. The Upper or top portion of the shoe helps support the foot. Look for a shoe with a lacing system that goes down to the sides of the shoe. This will help provide stability and support to the foot. The Midsole is located in between the Upper and the Outsole of the shoe. It is mostly made of EVA foam which helps cushion the foot. The Outsole is the bottom of the shoe. This helps provide the traction a player needs on the court. An outsole with a tighter herringbone design is best for clay or hard tru surfaces. While an open pattern outsole design is made for all surfaces.
The last tip to consider when buying a pair of shoes is the over all weight. Remember, a lighter weight shoe will allow you to mover quicker on the court but a heavier shoe will offer a little more durability and support.
Check out Wilson's latest shoe, the Tour Spin. It is made with a foot conforming Ballistic Mesh upper to minimize the weight and maximize the support. The DST Foam technology on the heel and forefoot provides excellent cushioning. It is supported by a TPU stable chassis, Innerloc support zones, and a TPU Arch Bridge to provide torsional stability. In addition, it comes with an all court herringbone outsole which is great on multiple surfaces.
So next time you visit your local retailer, look beyond the flash and focus on the overall comfort, support, and stability of the shoe.
Green tips from FirmGreen Energy
FirmGreen Energy is teaming up with Advanta World TeamTennis again in 2009 to promote environmental awareness and action.
Want to make a difference where you live? Not everyone can go solar, but anyone can be a little greener while saving green with a few simple changes:
- Replace burned out incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting. To save the most money, focus on your highest use fixtures such as kitchen lighting, and your primary living area. buy CFLs online.
- Did you know that heating and cooling amounts to as much as half the energy you use at home? Clean or replace the air filter on your HVAC system every 3 months or more often during heavy use - this simple action enhances air quality indoors and keeps the system operating efficiently.
- Leaky faucets can waste hundreds of gallons of water monthly but prompt repairs help you save water, the energy used to heat water, and money!
Join the Rec League Facebook Page
The Advanta WTT Rec League now has a fan page on Facebook - join HERE
|Advanta WTT Finals headed to D.C.
The Advanta WTT Finals are headed to the naton's capital for the first time in the League's 34-year history. The Washington Kastles will host the Advanta WTT Finals on Sunday, July 26 at Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The Finals will feature the Eastern and Western Conference Champions in a one-match showdown. Tickets are on sale
The top two teams from the regular season in both the Western and Eastern Conferences advance to the Advanta WTT Conference Championships on Friday, July 24, on the home court of the top-seeded team from each Conference.
New mom Ashley Harkleroad of the New York Sportimes blogs about her son Charlie and her return to pro tennis this summer in WTT. Read more here.
Duke took home the title at the 2009 USTA National Campus Championships in Surprise, Ariz. The Blue Devils defeated Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 26-21 in Overtime, for the victory. The event, which featured 64 club tennis teams from across the U.S., uses the World TeamTennis format. Click HERE for more information and full results.
WTT will grant $5,000 to two young entrepreneurs (one $2,500 grant for a man and one $2,500 grant for a woman) who submit a business proposal that can be effectively used to expand WTT profitability. Proposals are due by July 1. For more details - click HERE
2009 WTT CALENDAR
Rec League National Qualifier
Kansas City, Mo.
Conference Championships - locations TBD
Advanta WTT Finals
Kastles Stadium in
WTT Junior Nationals
San Diego, Calif.
X TeamTennis High School Championships
Newport Beach, Calif.
Rec National Qualifier
Rec National Qualifier
Rec National Qualifier
10/30 - 11/1
WTT Rec Nationals
Indian Wells, Calif.
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