March 31, 2009 (
Joining Raymond and Parrott for the 2009 season are Nathan Healey and Madison Keys. Healey, who played for the Freedoms in 2003, is making his way back from an injury and has already won two Futures singles titles in the past year. He has three ATP doubles titles in his career. Keys, a rising star at just 14 years old, is one of the top Juniors in the world. She won both singles and doubles at the Evert American ITF Jr. Circuit last November and earlier this year won the 45th Coffee Bowl singles title.
For the sixth season in a row, the Freedoms will be coached by Craig Kardon, who led the team to a Championship title in 2006. He has formerly coached some of the top players on the tour including Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati, and is the current coach for No. 7 ranked Ana Ivanovic.
Earlier this year the Freedoms announced marquee visits from seven former No. 1 players, including Andre Agassi and Venus Williams who will be playing for the Freedoms July 10 and July 8, respectfully. The Freedoms will host visits from Anna Kournikova (July 6), Serena Williams (July 13), John McEnroe (July 14), Martina Navratilova (July 20) and Kim Clijsters (July 22). All Freedoms home matches are played at The Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. Start time is 7:30pm.
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About Advanta WTT Pro League
WTT is well known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, co-ed format, multi-colored courts, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers and player names on back of their shirts.
Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match.
Advanta is the title sponsor of the Advanta WTT Pro League and the official business credit card of WTT. Official Advanta WTT Pro League sponsors for the 2009 season include FirmGreen Energy, GEICO and Wilson Racquet
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