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Encyclopedia > World TeamTennis

World TeamTennis is a league of team tennis in the United States. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ...

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First league

The league was founded in 1973 by George MacCall (who became its first commissioner), Larry King (who became the owner of San Francisco based Golden Gaters), Dennis Murphy (who also founded the World Hockey Association), Fred Barman (a Hollywood agent) with CFO Jim Jorgensen (who became President of the Soviet Union Nation Team). The league began play in May of 1974 with 16 teams and suspended play after the 1978 season. Dennis Murphy (born 1934) is a composer, musician and artist. ... Jim Jorgensen (born in 1948 in Racine, Wisconsin) has become one of the more prolific serial entrepreneurs to graduate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. ...


League format included; a colored no-line court, a 44 match season and 6 player teams (3 men and 3 women) playing 5 one-set no-ad matches women’s singles and doubles, men’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles – thus making it the first professional sports league to give equal weight to men and women in the scoring.


The league included such players as Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, Björn Borg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Evonne Goolagong and Jimmy Connors. For the arena in Melbourne Park used for show matches in the Australian Open, see Rod Laver Arena Rodney George (Rod) Laver MBE (born August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia) is a former tennis player from Australia who was the World No. ... Billie Jean Moffitt King (born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a retired tennis player from the United States. ...   (born June 6, 1956, in Stockholm, Sweden) is a former World No. ... Chris Evert on a Wheaties box Christine Marie Evert (born December 21, 1954, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a former World No. ... John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. ... Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley AO MBE (born July 31, 1951, in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia) was one of the worlds leading female tennis players in the 1970s and early-1980s. ... James Scott (Jimmy) Connors (born September 2, 1952 in East St. ...


It was the first professional sports experience for Jerry Buss (eventual owner of Los Angeles Lakers NBA team and the Los Angeles Kings NHL team) and Bob Kraft (owner of the New England Patriots NFL team). Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with the team in 2002 Gerald H. Jerry Buss (born in 1934) is an American professional basketball team owner, former real estate developer, and poker player. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Bob Kraft is the owner of the NFLs New England Patriots. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football...


Elton John wrote the theme song for the Philadelphia team, “Philadelphia Freedom”, and the Soviet Union National Team became the first USSR team to participate in a US based sports league. Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Philadelphia Freedom can refer to: Philadelphia Freedom (soccer), the United Soccer Leagues club Philadelphia Freedom (tennis), a World TeamTennis club Philadelphia Freedom (song), a 1975 number one song by Elton John This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Second league

The league resumed play in 1981 as TeamTennis and has fluctuated between four and twelve professional teams since then. In 1992 the name was changed again to World TeamTennis (WTT). In 2005, twelve professional teams competed. Billie Jean King became commissioner of the league in 1984 following her retirement from competition, she retired from the position in February 2001. In February 2001, Ilana Kloss became the new WTT commissioner, a position which she currently holds. Billie Jean Moffitt King (born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a retired tennis player from the United States. ...


History

1974-1978

  • Baltimore Banners (1974)
  • Boston Lobsters (1974)
  • Chicago Aces (1974)
  • Cleveland Nets (1974-1977) / New Orleans Nets (1978)
  • Denver Racquets (1974) / Phoenix Racquets (1975-1978)
  • Detroit Loves (1974) / Indiana Loves (1975-1978)
  • Florida Flamingos (1974)
  • Hawaii Leis (1974-1976) / Sea-Port Cascades (1977) / Seattle Cascades (1977)
  • Houston E-Z Riders (1974)
  • Los Angeles Strings (1974-1978)
  • Minnesota Buckskins (1974)
  • New York Sets (1974-1976) / New York Apples (1977-1978)
  • Philadelphia Freedoms (1974) / Boston Lobsters (1975-1978)
  • Pittsburgh Triangles (1974-1976)
  • San Francisco Golden Gaters (1974-1978)
  • Toronto-Buffalo Royals (1974)
  • San Diego Friars (1975-1978)
  • Soviet National Team (Pennsylvania Keystones) (1977)
  • Anaheim Oranges (1978)

The Soviet National team was originally named the Pennsylvania Keystones and were to play in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The name was changed before the beginning of the season. The Boston Lobsters are a World TeamTennis team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


1981-1991

Professional league play resumed in 1981 as TeamTennis with four California teams, expanding to eight teams in 1982. In 1985 a recreational league for non-professionals was added which was co-branded with the professional league.


1992-1999

In 1992, the current name World TeamTennis was adopted.


2000-present

In 2000, the current logo was adopted.


In 2005 & 2006 the league consisted of 12 teams and in 2007 the Hartford FoxForce ceased operations.


The league consists of 11 teams:


Eastern Conference

The Boston Lobsters are a World TeamTennis team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Delaware Smash is a World TeamTennis club based in Wilmington, Delaware. ... The New York Buzz is one of the 12 current teams competing in World Team Tennis . ... The New York Sportimes are one of the 11 current teams competing in World TeamTennis. ... The Philadelphia Freedom is one of 12 teams in World Team Tennis for the 2006 season. ...

Western Conference

2007 marks the third season for the Houston Wrangler team in the World TeamTennis League. ... The Kansas City Explorers are a World TeamTennis team that play at the Country Club Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. All home matches begin at 7:35 p. ... The Sacramento Capitals are a team in World Team Tennis. ... The St. ...

Champions

  • 1974 Denver Racquets 55-45 Philadelphia Freedoms
  • 1975 Pittsburgh Triangles 74-65 San Francisco Golden Gaters
  • 1976 New York Sets 91-57 San Francisco Golden Gaters
  • 1977 New York Apples 55-39 Phoenix Racquets
  • 1978 Los Angeles Strings 108-93 Boston Lobsters
  • 1979-1980 Play suspended
  • 1981 Los Angeles Strings
  • 1982 Dallas Stars
  • 1983 Chicago Fyre
  • 1984 San Diego Buds
  • 1985 San Diego Buds
  • 1986 San Antonio Racquets
  • 1987 Charlotte Heat
  • 1988 Charlotte Heat
  • 1989 San Antonio Racquets
  • 1990 Los Angeles Strings
  • 1991 Atlanta defeated Los Angeles
  • 1992 Atlanta defeated Newport Beach
  • 1993 Wichita defeated Newport Beach
  • 1994 New Jersey defeated Idaho
  • 1995 New Jersey Stars 28-20 Atlanta Thunder
  • 1996 St. Louis Aces defeated Delaware Smash
  • 1997 Sacramento Capitals (regular season record, championship match rained out)
  • 1998 Sacramento Capitals 30-13 New York OTBzz
  • 1999 Sacramento Capitals defeated Springfield Lasers
  • 2000 Sacramento Capitals
  • 2001 Philadelphia Freedoms defeated Springfield Lasers
  • 2002 Sacramento Capitals
  • 2003 Delaware Smash
  • 2004 Newport Beach Breakers defeated Delaware Smash
  • 2005 New York Sportimes defeated Newport Beach Breakers 21-18
  • 2006 Philadelphia Freedom defeated Newport Beach Breakers 21-14

Sources

  • Greg Hoffman, The Art of World Team Tennis, San Francisco Book Company, 1977 ISBN 0-913374-65-2
  • World TeamTennis, Official Website

External link

  • World TeamTennis (official site)

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