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News from World TeamTennis
February 23, 2010
Roddick, Hingis, Venus & Serena top all-star list
at WTT Marquee Player Draft

Want to see some of the biggest names in Andy Roddick SH09 bevtennis play this summer?  Then just go to a WTT Pro League match.

Andy Roddick topped an all-star list of names when he was selected as the top pick by the Philadelphia Freedoms in the 2010 WTT Marquee Player Draft.  Martina Hingis, who was the second overall selection, returns to WTT as a member of the Albany-based New York Buzz.  Hingis has signed on to play all 14 matches for the Buzz.

Other top names set for the 2010 WTT season are Lindsay Davenport and Anna Kournikova (St. Louis); Serena Williams and Venus Williams (Washington Kastles); Maria Sharapova (Newport Beach Breakers); Kim Clijsters and John McEnroe (New York Sportimes) and James Blake (Boston Lobsters).
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Teams will complete their lineups at the Roster Player Draft on March 16.  Follow the Roster Draft LIVE on www.WTT.com starting at 11am EST on March 16.  The 2010 schedule will be released in early March.

photos:  Fred & Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Kids say it best
Essays describe WTT Junior Nationals event

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Two participants from the 2009 World TeamTennis Junior Nationals have been awarded the Kathy Willette Leadership Scholarships after writing winning essays about their experiences in the tournament.  

Kenneth Dodd, the male recipient from Nampa, Idaho, and Devlin-Ann Ammendola, the female recipient from Farmindale High School in New York, have been granted a scholarship award of $300 each from WDevlin Ammendola 2009TT Charities for their respective essays which demonstrate a variety of lessons learned, friendships made, and the impact of the coed team format on the individual player and his or her team.  The scholarship is not based on on-court performanceDodd 2009, but instead on the teens' reflection on the valuable experiences from the event.  The scholarship was started in 2009 to recognize Kathy Willette, who has helped run the WTT Junior Nationals Tournament in San Diego for over fourteen years.

Read Dodd and Ammendola's full essays HERE.

Photos:  (above) Billie Jean King and Kathy Willette at the 2009 WTT Junior Nationals at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.  Left:  Kenneth Dodd  Right:  Devlin Ammendola

The countdown continues
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WTT's 35th season celebration continues with the weekly countdown of 35 players who have made the biggest impact on World TeamTennis.  The latest name is one that is still making a big difference at WTT today - WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss.  Before she took the helms at WTT, Kloss was a successful player and coach in the WTT Pro League, coaching the Chicago Fyre to the 1983 title.  Read more about Kloss HERE.  For more on the 35th season, visit www.WTT.com/35.

photo:  Ilana Kloss, WTT
Rec League season kicks off in Bradenton next month

Bradenton is the first WTT Rec League qualifier of the year with more than 35 teams signed up to compete in eight divisions at the IMG Academy.  While registration is closed for Bradenton, there's plenty of time to sign up for one of WTT's biggest qualifiers in Las Vegas.  Registration deadline for the Las Vegas NQ is April 2 - click HERE to sign up now.   There will be seven divisions contested at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, including the National Championships for the Open Division.

For more information on Rec League programs, visit www.WTT.com.







Darling Tennis Center -

Las Vegas, Nev.



Plaza Tennis Center -

Kansas City, Mo.



Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center - Raleigh, N.C.



Cooperfield Racquet & Health Club - Houston, Texas



Heritage Park -

Irvine, Calif.



Hempfield Sports Complex - Lancaster, Pa.




Indian Wells Tennis Garden -

Indian Wells, Calif.


Rec teams "Hitting for Haiti"

The tennis community continues to reach out to support those impacted by the earthquake in Haiti.  World TeamTennis and the New York Sportimes donated clothing items for children to K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) and several of tennis' biggest names, led by Roger Federer, staged a fund-raising event on the eve of the Australian Open.  

Three Recreational League teams from the St. Louis area have also started a fund-raising effort called Hitting for Haiti.  The teams, who are set to compete in the upcoming Rec League National Qualifier in Bradenton, Fla., are asking for pledges that will benefit Haitian charities.  For each game a team wins, 100% of the pledge will be donated to that team's charity for Haiti.  For example, a 25 cent pledge to a team that wins 100 games would generate a $25 donation to that team's charity.

The participating teams are:

4.0 Senior Level (Captain) Bob Faust40 Sr Haiti

Team Members: Jana Goeke, Gerry Goeke, Denise Inman, Dave Inman, Norma Feldman, Terry Fleming


Charity: West Indies Self Help (WISH)

WISH ministers to the people of LaGonave, Haiti by providing water, electricity and business opportunities to break their entrapping cycle of poverty.  The Goekes have traveled to Haiti and worked with WISH since 2006.


4.0 Level (Captain) Bob Faust

40 level HaitiTeam Members: Bob Ballsrud, Libby Sharp, Jimmy Walley, Maggie Wlson, Carol Schwent,

Jerry Clark, Liz Gordon, Steve Robertson, Debbie Hogan

Charity: Crudem Foundation

Operates a large hospital in Northern Haiti.  Several St. Louis physicians make regular

trips there volunteering their services



45 level Haiti4.5 Level (Captain) Jimmy Walley

Team Members: Randy Nistler, Renee Nistler, Kyle Laramie, Jennifer Stenson, Julie Siemers

Charity: American Red Cross

To donate or make a pledge of support to one of these Rec League teams, please visit www.hittingforhaiti.com.

Mast receives USTA Middle States' highest honor

Delaine Mast, National Director of WTT Rec Leagues, recently received the USTA Middle States section's highest honor - the Mangan Award. Mast is pictured with USTA MS President Jeff Harrison.


Mast, former President Delaine Mast Mangan Award(1998-1999) and Executive Director of USTA Middle States (USTA MS) was presented with the 2009 Mangan Award at the 2010 USTA MS Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Princeton in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 21.

The Mangan Award is the honor award of USTA MS and was established by the family of Thomas J. Mangan to honor and recognize individuals who, through their actions and examples have made significant contributions to the game of tennis in USTA MS, and in so doing, demonstrate unselfish devotion and a spirit of cooperation which serves as an inspiration to all.  Barbara and Elsie Pitocchelli, the wife and daughter of the late Thomas J. Mangan, presented Mast with the award.

WTT's a hit down under

The World TeamTennis format was a hit down under as Team Australian edged the International Team 22-21 in a Supertiebreaker to win the inaugural Australian Open Legends Invitational.  The event, which featured the WTT format, kicked off celebrations for the League's 35th season this year. 
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The one-night special WTT event included three generations of popular Australian and international players.  Team Australia featured veterans Nicole Bradtke, Pat Cash and Patrick Rafter, along with current player Alicia Molik and young stars Monika Wejnert and Luke Saville.  Team International was captained by former US player Mary Joe Fernandez, and featured other former stars Austrian Thomas Muster, American Tracy Austin, Swede Anders Jarryd, and top juniors Heather Watson from the United Kingdom and Barrett Franks from New Zealand. 

Australian tennis champions have been very much a part of the WTT history with Rod Laver, Margaret Court, Evonne Cawley, Roy Emerson, Pat Rafter, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Ken Rosewall, Wendy Turnbull and Mark Philippoussis all playing at some point in their careers. Current day players Casey Dellacqua, Rennae Stubbs, Ashley Fisher and Joe Sirianni are also among the 74 Australians who have collectively played 203 seasons and won 22 titles in World TeamTennis in its rich three decade history.

Read about WTT in Australia HERE.

photo:  WTT
Wilson -- Big Success at the Australian Open

Wilson's Tour Team started the new decade in style as Roger Federer took his 16th career Grand Slam title, Serena Williams won her 12th career Grand Slam title to tie Wilson Tennis legend Billie Jean King and Venus & Serena Williams continued their doubles success as they won their 11th Grand Slam Doubles title.

For full results from this year's Australian Open, click here to check out Wilson's Tour Update.

If you would like to receive Wilson's Tour Update by email, please email WilsonTour@wilson.com.

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In This Issue
Andy tops WTT Draft
Write it up
WTT's 35th countdown
Rec League kicks off
Mast honored by USTA MS
WTT at Australian Open
Wilson rules Down Under
It's Turfer Time!

Check in with your favorite teams to see what they have planned for the 2010 season.  Get your tickets early to see all the biggest names in action this July.

Boston Lobsters

Kansas City Explorers

New York Buzz

New York Sportimes spotlight

Newport Beach Breakers spotlight

Philadelphia Freedoms

Sacramento Capitals

St Louis Aces

Springfield Lasers

Washington Kastles


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