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2009 Freedoms Roster Draft
 

Philadelphia Freedoms Protect Hometown Hero
Lisa Raymond and Travis Parrott During
2009 Advanta WTT Player Draft

Individual tickets on sale now

March 31, 2009 (Miami, Fl.) – The Philadelphia Freedoms selected their 2009 roster players during the Advanta World TeamTennis Player Draft today in Miami.  The Freedoms protected their rights to hometown favorite Lisa Raymond and doubles standout Travis Parrott.

Raymond, from Wayne, Pa., is currently No. 5 in the world in doubles and is the winner of five Grand Slam doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Raymond has been a member of both the US Fed Cup Team and the US Olympic Team. Travis Parrott, who is playing his third season with the Freedoms, is currently ranked No. 30 in the world in doubles. He was a finalist at Memphis earlier this year and has won three doubles titles so far in his career.

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. Philadelphia also plays seven matches on the road during the Advanta WTT regular season which runs July 2-22.

Official Sponsors of the Philadelphia Freedoms include: Advanta, Lincoln Mercury, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, 23k Studios, Skinny Water, Novo Nordisk, USTA Middle States, Drexel University, McShane Sports Medicine, The Inquirer, NBC10 and Fast Signs Delaware.

Philadelphia Freedoms season tickets are on sale now, and individual tickets go on sale April 1 at 8:00am. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 866-WTT-TIXS or click here.

 

Presenting Sponsor

Headquartered in Spring House, Pa, Advanta is one of the nation's largest credit card issuers in the small business market. Advanta's exclusive focus on this market, as well as its size, experience and commitment to developing meaningful product offerings and a high level of service tailored to the needs of small businesses differentiates the company from other issuers. Founded in 1951, Advanta has long been an innovator in developing and introducing many of the marketing techniques that are common in the financial services industry today. Learn more about Advanta at www.advanta.com.

Advanta is a long-time supporter of the tennis community and youth fitness activities. In addition to being the official business credit card of Advanta World TeamTennis and the title sponsor of the WTT Pro League and the Philadelphia Freedoms, Advanta continues to be involved in numerous tennis charities including Advanta WTT Smash Hits, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, and Philadelphia Wheelchair Tennis programs.

 

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 Sports

For more information on the Advanta WTT Pro League, visit www.WTT.com.