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February 9, 2011 

Rec League National Qualifier added in Boston area,

July 15-17 at Bass River Tennis Club 

The WTT Rec League presented by GEICO is headed to Beantown.

Coed teams featuring hundred of area rec players are expected to compete at the WTT Rec League National Qualifier at Bass River Tennis Club in Beverly, Mass., the latest addition to the 2011 WTT Rec calendar.

The National Qualifier will be held during the WTT Pro League season, only a few miles away from Fernwood Country Club, home of WTT's Boston Lobsters.

The first qualifying event of the year is just around the corner, Feb. 18 in Houston.  In March, WTT Rec League players will hit the clay courts in Daytona Beach, Fla.
  Other National Qualifier events are scheduled in Las Vegas, Kansas City, Raleigh, Irvine and Landisville, Pa.  The WTT Finals will be held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., next November.

For more information on WTT Rec League National Qualifiers or to enter an event, click HERE.

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Novo Nordisk increases scholarships

to support youth tennis players with diabetes

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Novo Nordisk is adding four more scholarships to WTT's Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards program, which supports youth tennis players with diabetes.  The 2011 program will grant $25,000 in scholarships, including two one-time $5,000 national scholarships and six one-time $2,500 regional scholarships, an increase from two regional scholarships in 2010.  The scholarships are awarded to male and female athletes ages 12-21, who have diabetes and play tennis competitively in tournaments or on their school team. 


World TeamTennis is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards.  Applications must be received byApril 15, 2011, along with two letters of recommendation and a short essay explaining the significance of diabetes in the applicant's life.  The awards are to be used for education, tennis development and/or medical care.


The recipients of the $5,000 national scholarships will receive their awards at a World TeamTennis Pro League match in July 2011 from WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.  The scholarship program was established by King, through WTT Charities, in 1998 to encourage children with diabetes to lead an active life and compete in tennis. 


The Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards are named after two long-time World TeamTennis executives and tennis champions, Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who are sisters.  Stone was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion at Northwestern University, and Maltby earned All-Big Ten honors at the University of Iowa.  Both women have lived successfully with diabetes since childhood.


Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, has been the title sponsor of the award since 2002.  For more details on the Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards and to download an application form, visit www.WTT.com/DonnellyAwards.  For more information, contact Diane Donnelly Stone at dstone@wtt.com or 212-586-3444, x. 20.

WILSON:  U.S. standout Oudin wearing Wilson in 2011   

Melanie OWilson 2011udin will start wearing Wilson apparel and footwear in 2011. She has been a long time player of Wilson and has great success with her Blade racqu et. By adding apparel and footwear to her line up, the 19 year old becomes a Wilson exclusive player.


In 2009, she made her way through Wimbledon qualifying and eventually earning her spot in the main draw. Melanie defeated former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic to make her first 4th round appearance at a Grand Slam. The win not only marked her first over a Top 10 player but also her debut into the WTA's Top 100. Later that summer Melanie made an incredible run at the 2009 US Open. With wins over Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova, Melanie quickly became a tournament favorite.

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After using Wilson racquets for most of her career, the transition into Wilson's apparel and footwear was an easy decision. "Wilson has always provided me with the latest technology and the best racquets for my game," Melanie said at a recent visit to Wilson headquarters. "After  meeting with the team, I knew that Wilson had the style and design behind their line and it was created for high performance tennis players."

Inspired by fashion trends, innovative materials and smart design, the 2011 collection represents a comprehensive offering with pieces that are created for high end performance. Wilson has combined visual energy and dynamic color with intrinsic technical features that ensure our products look great and are truly "made to move" on the court.   

Claire Ortiz, Global Business Director of Apparel and Fo

otwear designed the line for high performance players.  "Melanie's energy on the court and winning personality are exactly what Wilson represents. We know her style and authenticity as a player is a perfect match for us."


The 2011 Wilson Apparel and Footwear Collections ensure that every piece speaks to quality, fit and finish for the end use-high level tennis performance.  The meticulous selection of functional materials and advanced construction techniques guarantee that Wilson's 2011 Spring/Summer Apparel and Footwear Collection represents the authenticity of the #1 brand in tennis.


Keep an eye out for Melanie as she starts 2011 in head to toe new Wilson look. In addition to her new apparel and footwear, she will be swinging her new Blade 98 Pink BLX racquet starting in Australia.


2011 Marquee Draft Check out WTT.com to follow the WTT Marquee Player Draft on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Noon ET.

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Around the WTT Pro League

 NB Breakers 2009 

Trevor Kronemann will return as coach of the Newport Beach Breakers for the fifth season, the team announced this week.  Kronemann, who is the head men's tennis coach at UC Irvine, is a former WTT MVP and was also honored as one of the top 30 players in WTT's first three decades.



St Louis Aces spotlight 


The Aces have re-signed 2010 WTT Female MVP Lindsay Davenport for the 2011 season.  Davenport is the first Marquee Player to sign on for this season.  The remaining Marquee Players will be announced on Feb. 15.



Kansas City Explorers spotlight 


Bob and Mike Bryan of the Kansas City Explorers won their 5th Australian Open men's doubles title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Leander Paes (Washington Kastles) and Mahesh Bhupathi.  It was their 10th Grand Slam doubles championship.



New York Sportimes spotlight 


The New York Sportimes' Kim Clijsters followed up her win at the Australian Open (her first Aussie Open singles championship) by leading her Belgium team to a Fed Cup victory over the United States over the weekend.  Belgium will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals. 



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In This Issue
Rec adds Boston
Novo Nordisk scholarships
WILSON: Oudin signs on
Marquee Draft Feb. 15
Around the League
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A big thanks and congratulations to the Top 10 WTT  Rec League Directors of 2010. 


These are the people who make the WTT Rec League a success.   


Thanks for your hard work!


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Shawn Alford

Portland, Ore.


David Bell

Raleigh, N.C.


Bob Cusolito

Woburn, Mass.


Rich Gottfried 

Rockville, Md.


Scott Hanover

Kansas City, Mo.


Mike Hasan

San Diego, Calif.


Carol Jory

San Diego, Calif.


Pat Purcell

St. Louis, Mo.


Steve Riggs

Irvine, Calif.



Albany, N.Y.


names listed in alphabetical order. 

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Feb. 18-20   

Copperfield Racquet &
Health Club -
Houston, Texas


March 4-6

Florida Tennis Center
(clay courts)
Daytona Beach, Fla.


April 29-May 1
Darling Tennis Center -

Las Vegas, Nev.


*July 15-17

Bass River Tennis Club

Beverly, Mass.  


July 22-24

Plaza Tennis Center -

Kansas City, Mo.


Aug. 19-21

Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center

Raleigh, N.C.

Sept. 23-25

Heritage Park -

Irvine, Calif.


Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

Hempfield Sports Complex -
Landisville, Pa.



Nov. 4-6

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Indian Wells, Calif. 


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Aug. 2-4

Barnes Tennis Center -
San Diego, Calif.




What are the benefits of playing in a WTT Rec League?   

In addition to the competitive and fun on court experience, there's even more off the court for WTT members -- ticket discounts to WTT Pro League matches and major professional tennis tournaments; along with discounts for Hyatt hotels, National Car Rental and AMC Theatres.  


See a full list of WTT member benefits HERE.

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