News from World TeamTennis  

December 20, 2012   


In 2013, World TeamTennis Rec League players in the Senior (50+) and Super Senior (60+) divisions will have the opportunity to participate in the Bahamas Tennis Festival at the National Tennis Center, Nassau, Bahamas
About the Bahamas Tennis Festival:
The Bahamas Tennis Festival, organized by Sports Bahamas, is a unique event in that it combines a tropical vacation with competitive tennis. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of seven matches (based upon full enrollment each week) with the winner being eligible to the World TeamTennis (WTT) Nationals in 2013. The Festival involves a round robin format followed by a championship game on the last day. The festival follows the WTT format. 


General Information:  

  • Festival will be held beginning on Sunday through Saturday
  • Location: National Tennis Center, Nassau, Bahamas
  • Participation in the Bahamas Tennis Festival is limited to registered team members
  • Teams are welcome from the Bahamas or any other country
  • The entry fee for Bahamas residents will include seven (7) guaranteed tennis matches plus all social events.
  • Participants from outside of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas will pay an entry fee within the host lodging package being provided at the Sheraton Nassau beach Hotel.
  • Residents of the Bahamas may participate on a registered team.
  • To register a team, the team captain must send a request to 
  • When tournament entries are filled, applications and registration materials will be forwarded to the team captain for distribution to the team.
  • Participants will be responsible for their personal transportation to Nassau.
  • The entry fee for non-residents will include transfers from the international airport to the hotel and daily transfer to the applicable tennis facilities, lodging, breakfast and lunch at the Sheraton each day of the Festival, seven (7) guaranteed tennis matches, and other festival related amenities.

Sample Schedule of Events: 





First Round Play


Doubleheader Day - 2nd and 3rd Rounds


Fourth Round Play


Doubleheader Day - 5th and 6th Rounds


Seventh Round Play


FINALS - Championship Match


For more information on proposed dates for the tournaments; registration cost and details; or general information about the tournament location, please e-mail Tim Catlin: timcat0812@hotmail.com.  

2012 Willette Scholarship Winners    

In the fourth year of the Kathy Willette youth scholarship program, the competition for the WTT Junior Nationals essay contest proved closer than ever.  Tasked with writing an essay on the lessons learned, the friendships made and the impact of the coed team format on the individual player, tournament participants
Kevin Frommer
put pen to paper to convey their personal experiences for a prize.  

Two teens from opposite sides of the country said it best in 2012. Kevin Frommer of Montgomery, N.Y. (USTA Eastern Way Team) and Akari Baba of Vancouver, Wash. (Smashing Rebels) each won a $300 scholarship from WTT charities based on their thoughtful recollections from their time at the WTT Junior Nationals.

To read Kevin and Akari's full essays, click HERE.  


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After extraordinary tennis play in 2012 including wins at Wimbledon, the US Open and the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Serena Williams has been named WTA's Player of the Year.

Playing with her Wilson Blade Team BLX tennis racket, "Serena Williams put together one of the greatest seven months in the history of women's tennis from April to October this year, winning two Grand Slam titles, Olympic gold and 48 of 50 matches" says the WTA of Williams' 2012 season.

2012 marks Williams' fourth time receiving the Player of the Year honor, as WTA also awarded her the title in 2002, 2008, and 2009. She is one of only three other players to win more than twice in the award's 36-year history. 


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In 2013, the following changes will be made to the WTT Rec League format:
  1. The age requirement for Seniors will remain 50+ and 60+ for Super Seniors.
  2. Only one division will be offered for Super Seniors,  Super Seniors 4.0 / under.
  3. The Open Division Nationals and the Corporate Nationals will be held in conjunction with the Recreational League Nationals in Indian Wells, CA during the weekend of November 1 - 3. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Smith at jsmith@wtt.com



Mylan Has Found a Match in WTT 

Pictured (l. to r.) WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss, Mylan President Rajiv Malik, Mylan Executive Chairman Robert J. Coury, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, WTT co-founder Billie Jean King and Sir Elton John. (Credit: Fred & Susan Mullane / Camerawork USA)

Mylan is proud to announce its three-year partnership with World TeamTennis (WTT), an organization that clearly shares the company's dedication to access. Whether it's WTT's lineup of star-studded events, or Mylan's commitment to setting new standards in health care, both organizations have a lot in common when it comes to creating access.


For more than 50 years, Mylan has been advocating values that align closely with those of WTT. Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan, recently remarked, "Mylan chose to partner with WTT due to our organizations' shared commitment to helping people around the world overcome barriers to access. For WTT, access means making sure everyone has the opportunity to participate on a team, preparing people-regardless of age, gender or race-to compete both in sports and in life. For Mylan, access is our purpose. We are working every day to set new standards in health care and provide the world's 7 billion people access to high quality medicine-and breaking down barriers to access along the way."


Mylan and WTT have already begun putting their partnership to work. At their first event together, the 20th anniversary of Smash Hits, Mylan and WTT delivered a top-notch tennis event, while also raising a record-setting  

$1 million dollars for a cause Mylan cares about passionately, with funds benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.


Mylan has found a solid partner in WTT and hopes you will support the company's pledge to improve access to both tennis and high quality medicine around the world. If you would like to see more about Mylan, its mission or its products, please visit Mylan.com.


On November 15, Billie Jean King was honored with a Leadership Award from New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL). The organization, which offers comprehensive school and community programs throughout New York City
for more than 75,000 children per year, is the largest non-profit
organization dedicated to tennis and learning in the U.S.





Philadelphia Freedoms


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In preparation for the 2013 WTT season, the Philadelphia Freedoms are hosting a logo contest to choose a new mark for the team. By casting your vote for one of the three finalists, you are automatically entered to win a Freedoms VIP experience for four (4) guests on Opening Night this July. Click HERE to make your pick for the new Freedoms logo!  


Voting ends at 11:59pm on  

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. 



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This month, Sacramento Capitals' star Mark Knowles hosted his 12th annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Several other WTT names joined him including Lindsay Davenport, Sam Querrey, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Asia Muhammed, Yasmin Schnack, Jesse Witten and Coach Brent Haygarth and raised more than $100,000 for charities including Sassoon Heart Foundation (Pediatric), the Cancer Society For Pediatric Care, the Association for the Physically Disabled, the Special Olympics, Mark Knowles Tennis scholarships for promising junior tennis players and numerous additional children's charities.

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The Washington Kastles were at the top of their game in 2012, going undefeated to win their second consecutive WTT title. And with that achievement, they made ESPN's list of Top 100 hundred tennis memories from 2012.Other WTT names that graced the list of 61-100 were Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Leander Paes. 




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In This Issue
Happy Holidays!
Bahamas Tennis Festival
2013 Rec League Changes
Mylan-WTT Partnership
GEICO: Around the League

2013 WTT REC  



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March 1-3   

Florida Tennis Center

Daytona Beach, Fla.   



April 26-28 

Darling Tennis Center

Las Vegas, Nev.



July 12-14

Plaza Tennis Center

Kansas City, Mo.



August 16-18

Millbrook Exchange  

Tennis Center 

Raleigh, N.C. 



September 27-29  

Heritage Park

Irvine, Calif.  



October 4-6

Hempfield Sports Complex 

Lancaster, Pa. 



Rec League Nationals  

November 1-3 

Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Indian Wells, 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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a place to meet Billie Jean King, the 2013 US Open at the
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Next August, one Grand Prize winner will have the chance of a lifetime to attend Opening Day of the US Open in King's own personal suite.  The lucky winner and their guest will be rewarded with a meet-and-greet with the tennis legend, a two-night stay in a New York area hotel and cash spending money for the trip.

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