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News from World TeamTennis
December 23, 2009

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Andy, Serena, Anna, Elton and Billie Jean
headline a smash hit for charity in Baton Rouge

The biggest names in tennis took a night out to raise $640,000 for charity at the 2009 WTT Smash Hits in Baton Rouge, La.  Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova and Lindsay Davenport headed up an all-star field to help raise $640,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Baton Rouge area AIDS charities.  More than $200,000 of the funds raised will stay in the Baton Rouge area.
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If you couldn't make it to Baton Rouge earlier this month for the 17th annual WTT Smash Hits event, no worries.  You can still watch Elton John's forehand, or the potential 2012 Olympic mixed doubles powerhouse team of Serena Williams and Andy Roddick play against each other?  It's not too late to catch all the action online or on the air.

Watch WTT Smash Hits online at www.WTT.com/LiveStream through early January or tune into Tennis Channel when Smash Hits airs on 1/5/2010 at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern). 

It was a night of great tennis for a great cause.  Tommy Haas outgunned Andy Roddick in men's singles 5-2 to lead Team Elton John to a 16-13 win over Team Billie Jean King. 

In its 17-year history, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $9.6 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local chaSerena celebrate SH 2009rities throughout the U.S.   With the win, Team Elton leads the overall series 9-8.

The event, presented by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, and hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and AIDS charities serving the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Captained by longtime friends Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John, the Smash Hits players formed two teams and faced off in a modified World TeamTennis match, playing one set each of men's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles.  Players included Roddick, Haas, Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport, Jan-Michael Gambill, Chanda Rubin, Liezel Huber and Devin Britton.

Read all about WTT Smash Hits HERE.EJAF Donate

Click HERE to donate to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

photos:  Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Limited edition Smash Hits apparel from Turfer
available through January 31
Want to look good - all for a great cause?  Then visit the Turfer Smash HIts store to get commemorative merchandise from WTT Smash Hits.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of WTT Smash Hits merchandise will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  Visit the Turfer Smash Hits store before Jan. 31 to pick up an official Smash Hits T-shirt, sweatshirt, pullover or hat.

Turfer Smash Hits apparel
Autographed copies of
"Pressure is a Privilege" now available
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Billie Jean King was the inspiration for an entire generation with her memorable Battle of the Sexes win over Bobby Riggs . . . and she remains a "shero" today to both genders as a champion for social justice and equality.

Get a copy of Billie Jean King's empowering book-"Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I've Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes"... a great gift any time of the year. 
A limited number of
autographed books are available for $25 (plus shipping) - click HERE to order.  Unsigned books are $15 plus shipping.

For large orders (over 25 books), please contact Nellie Chu at nchu@wtt.com for more information.  BJK signature
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Andy Roddick introduces his bulldog Billie to Billie Jean King at WTT Smash Hits in Baton Rouge.  Roddick named his "feisty" dog in honor of the WTT co-founder.

Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA

WTT's 35th season kicks off on July 5
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The start of the 35th season of the World TeamTennis Pro League has been moved to Monday, July 5.  The regular season will run July 5-22, with the WTT Conference Championships set for July 23 and the WTT Finals on July 25.
The WTT Conference Championships will be played at the home venue of the top seeds from the Eastern and Western Conferences.  The location of the WTT Finals will be announced in early 2010.
The later start date allows WTT players to complete their play at Wimbledon without conflicting with the start of the WTT Pro League season.   In 2009, more than 25 percent of WTT players were still in action at Wimbledon during the final days of singles, doubles and juniors competition.  The Grand Slam successes continued at the 2009 US Open as WTT players earned 4 of the 5 major championship titles.
Over the course of three weeks, WTT players in 10 markets will play 73 matches during 21 nights of tennis.  More than 60 players are expected to compete during the League's 35th season.  Teams start building their lineups with the WTT Marquee Draft in early February.  Lineups are completed at the WTT Roster Player Draft, which will be held in Indian Wells, Calif., on March 16.
World TeamTennis also released a special logo today to commemorate the League's 35th season in 2010.  The logo will be broadly integrated into the League's marketing efforts, including advertising, online, merchandise and onsite in the 10 team markets.
35 seasons collage smThe 35th season celebration began earlier this fall with the weekly announcement on WTT.com of 35 players who have made the biggest impact on World TeamTennis.  The League will also highlight the 35 greatest moments in WTT history.  Fans will select the ranking order of the top 10 impact players and greatest moments next spring.  Additional celebrations, including several to be held in team markets, are being planned for the upcoming months.

For more on the 2010 WTT season, visit www.WTT.com.
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Christy Funk of Reno, Nev., and Martin Brody of Tulsa, Okla., are the 2009 recipients of the Delaine Mast Award.  This annual award celebrates the accomplishments of two World TeamTennis Rec League directors, one male and one female, who contribute to the growth of tennis and WTT, and serve as leaders and role models in their local tennis communities.

The award is named after Delaine Mast, National Director for WTT Rec League programs.  Mast is also a USTA Volunteer, USPTA and PTR Professional and inner city high school coach for more than 25 years, as well as founder of the non-profit Junior Tennis Corporation of America.  Mast's passion and love for the game has brought tennis to thousands of players in communities across the U.S.

Funk and Brody received their awards from Mast and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King at the Advanta WTT Rec League National Finals on October 30 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
Funk, who is the 2009 Reno Tahoe Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, has been an active leader in the tennis community for the past sixteen years. She has acted as Board Member Treasurer at the Biggest Little Tennis Association and has coordinated its children's program, Washoe Kidz Tennis.  Funk was also the driving force behind the 2004 re-emergence of the Reno/Tahoe Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, whose proceeds benefit local junior tennis programs.  Funk has served as the Eastern Sierra Community Tennis Coordinator for the USTA, and is currently the volunteer coordinator for Northern Nevada World TeamTennis.
Funk, who is a Certified Tennis Professional, also owns tennis specialty store Funky Tennis and is the Director of Tennis activities at the Caughlin Club in Reno, Nev.
Brody has been a prominent figure in the Tulsa tennis scene for more than
thirty-five years, and has been the city's World TeamTennis director for the past twelve years. Under his leadership, the Tulsa league has grown each year since Brody founded the league in 1998; it currently boasts a membership of over 400 players.
After becoming active in tennis in the 1960s as a member of the Boeing Company's Employees Tennis Club, Brody founded and directed the American Airlines Tennis Club in Long Island, N.Y. and later served as president of the club's Tulsa chapter. For the past six years, Brody has been on the Board of Directors for Tennis Competitors of Tulsa (TCT).

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In This Issue
WTT Smash Hits
Limited edition from Turfer
Signed books from BJK
WTT turning 35
Wilson in 2010
Delaine Mast Award winners

They are the best at what they do  . . . growing the game through World TeamTennis leagues.

WTT has named the top 20 League Directors for 2009.

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Shawn Alford

Portland, Ore.
David Bell
Raleigh, N.C.

Kevin Brady
Los Angeles, Calif.

Martin Brody
Tulsa, Okla.

Katherine Crowe
Cary, N.C.
Bob Cusolito

Woburn, Mass.

Richard Gottfried
Rockville, Md.

Scott Hanover
Kansas City, Mo.

Mike Hasan
San Diego, Calif.

Carol Jory
San Diego, Calif.

Alison Moran / Taya Dianna
Wilmington, Del.

Pat Purcell
St. Louis, Mo.

Vivian Purcell / Jimmy Vazquez
San Juan, P.R.
Steve Riggs
Irvine, Calif.

Kathy Risacher
Indianapolis, Ind.

Jason Swanson
Las Vegas, Nev.

Arlo Taylor
Long Beach, Calif.

Tri County Tennis Association
Schenectady, N.Y.

Elaine Wingfield
Key Biscayne, Fla.

XTreme TeamTennis
Atlanta, Ga.

listed in alphabetical order

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National Champions
Indian Wells, Calif.


Ball Busters
San Diego, Calif.
Muffin Tops
Lees Summit, Mo.
Bring It
Saratoga Springs/
Schenectady, N.Y.
Peninsula Tennis Club
San Diego, Calif.
West Texas Sandstorm
Lubbock, Texas
The Mason Dixons
Potomac, Md.
Love Player's 3.5
Miami, Fla.
Just Do It
Encino, Calif.
US Gas & Electric
Miami, Fla.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Miami, Fla.
Medtronic Shokr's
Minneapolis, Minn.
more from the Finals HERE

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Start a Corporate League with your co-workers.  Read more HERE or call 866-PLAY-WTT.

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National Qualifiers:
IMG Academy
Bradenton, Fla.
register by 2/19/2010
Darling Tennis Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
register by 4/2/2010
Plaza Tennis Center
Kansas City, Mo.
register by 7/9/2010
August TBD
Millbrook Exchange
Tennis Center
Raleigh, N.C.
registration TBD
August TBD
Cooperfield Racquet
& Health Club
Houston, Texas
registration TBD
Heritage Park
Irvine, Calif.
register by 9/10/2010
Hempfield Sports Complex
Lancaster, Pa.
register by 9/17/2010

more on National Qualifiers

by mid-February:
WTT Marquee Player Draft

late February:
2010 schedule released

Roster Player Draft
Indian Wells, Calif.

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