Draft Report: Reigning US Open Champion Sloane Headlines Strong 2018 Team!March 13, 2018
March 13, 2018 – Today at the 2018 World TeamTennis player draft in Indian Wells, Calif., the Philadelphia Freedoms selected current world #9 Kevin Anderson, as well as 16-year-old American phenom Amanda Anisimova, along with former Georgia Tech standout Kevin King for their roster ahead of the 2018 season.
The three rising pro tennis stars join Philly fan favorites Taylor Townsend and Fabrice Martin (who re-signed with the Freedoms last week) on coach Craig Kardon’s roster for the 2018 season of World TeamTennis presented by GEICO. AmerisourceBergen Corporation is the presenting sponsor of the Freedoms.
Also returning to the Freedoms this summer is Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion who will be on hand for the home opener at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 19th. Freedoms fans saw her last season come into her own, just before her victory in Queens.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better result, I had all my picks in order, and we got every player we wanted,” said Kardon. “Getting the world’s ninth-ranked player in the third round of the draft is unbelievable.”
Tickets for the 2018 Freedoms matches go on sale on Thursday, March 22nd at 12 Noon Eastern Time at PhiladelphiaFreedoms.com.
Anderson returns to WTT for the first time since 2014. Currently the #9-ranked player in the world, he made his Grand Slam final debut at the 2017 US Open. He is the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira in 1997. The 6’10” power hitter first played for the Sacramento Capitals in 2012, leading them to the WTT Finals as a league rookie.
Anisimova will make her WTT debut with the Freedoms this summer. Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Anisimova became the youngest woman to play the main draw at the French Open last year since Alizé Cornet in 2005. Months later, she rolled to the US Open junior title without losing a set and dropping just two games in the final. She is currently on the best run of her pro career this week at Indian Wells, where she has knocked out two top 25 players, including two-time Wimbledon champion and current world #9 Petra Kvitova.
King will make his WTT debut with the Freedoms this summer. He was a two-time ITA All-American (2011 and 2012) at Georgia Tech, and a three-time All-ACC performer. The son of former Villanova football player Bill King (1973-1975), he is a native of Peachtree City, Georgia.
The 2018 WTT regular season is scheduled for Sunday, July 15th through Thursday, August 2nd, with the top two teams advancing to the WTT Finals on Sunday, August 5th. The full 2018 Philadelphia Freedoms season schedule will be released later this week. The Freedoms will play 14 matches during their 2018 regular season schedule, including six home matches at Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena at Saint Joseph’s University.