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        PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS SEASON HOME OPENER ON JULY 6

       AGAINST VENUS WILLIAMS at the PAVILION at VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

 

Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Melanie Oudin and the Bryan Brothers

to compete in Philadelphia this summer in World TeamTennis

      

      Individual tickets on sale Friday, March 11 at 8 a.m. via ComcastTIX

 

March 10, 2011 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) The world’s top tennis pros are returning to Villanova this summer as the Philadelphia Freedoms today announced their 2011 World TeamTennis schedule.  The Freedoms open their home season at the Pavilion at Villanova University on Wednesday, July 6, 7 p.m., against Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles.

 

Former world number one player and 2010 WTT Female MVP Lindsay Davenport will visit Philadelphia on July 12 playing for the St. Louis Aces.  Legendary Hall of Famer John McEnroe, playing for the New York Sportimes, returns to Philly on July 13 in a blockbuster evening which will also include the Freedoms’ top marquee draft pick and rising teenage star, Melanie Oudin.

 

The Freedoms’ seven home match schedule will continue through July 19 with the final match-up featuring the world’s number one doubles team, brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, playing for the defending WTT Champion Kansas City Explorers.  The Freedoms also play seven road matches during the 2011 regular season of the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO.

 

Individual match tickets will go on sale on Friday, March 11 at 8 a.m. exclusively through ComcastTIX online at ComcastTIX.com, or by phone at 866-WTT-TIXS. All seats are reserved.

 

Season tickets are now available for the 2011 WTT season. Season ticketholders enjoy the benefits of prime location seats to each of the seven Philadelphia Freedoms home games, reserved parking, a private entrance into the Pavilion, and many more special amenities. More information about season tickets is available online at www.philadelphiafreedoms.com or by phone at 866-WTT-TIXS.

 

All Freedoms home matches will be played indoors at the air-conditioned Villanova Pavilion featuring world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format.  Each evening will include exciting pre-match Block Parties with USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids' games, prizes, food, and much more.

 

Now in her 8th season with World TeamTennis former Freedoms player Venus Williams returns to Villanova with the Washington Kastles.  Williams, a 7-time Grand Slam singles and 12-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has won 43 WTA singles titles and 18 doubles titles. She has been ranked number one in the world in both singles and doubles and was a Gold Medalist at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games.

 

Former world number one player, Lindsay Davenport, returns to Philadelphia playing for the St. Louis Aces.  Last year, Davenport led WTT in women's singles wins en route to her second WTT Female MVP award.  She is a three-time Grand Slam singles finalist and an Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games. 

 

Another former world number one, John McEnroe, will be visiting Philadelphia as part of his 11th season with World TeamTennis and his 10th playing for the New York Sportimes. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles including three Wimbledon and four U.S. Open Championships. During his celebrated career on the ATP Tour McEnroe captured 77 singles and 71 doubles titles, including 10 Grand Slam doubles titles.  He was the U.S. Davis Cup Captain and a member of five winning U.S. Davis Cup teams.

 

Melanie Oudin is the Freedoms top pick in the 2011 WTT Marquee Player Draft and this year will make her Freedoms and WTT debut.  Oudin burst onto the tennis scene at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, reaching her first 4th round Grand Slam appearance.  She followed that with 2009 US Open wins over Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova, becoming the youngest American Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Serena Williams in 1999.  Oudin has represented the U.S. in Federation Cup play during the past year.

 

Bob and Mike Bryan are returning to the lineup for the 2010 WTT Champion Kansas City Explorers for their 7th consecutive season, and 9th overall with the League. The Bryan Brothers, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, recently won their 10th Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open, extending their record-setting ATP World Tour championship count to 68.

 

Team rosters will be completed on Tuesday, March 15, when the 2011 WTT Roster Player Draft is conducted.  With WTT’s gender-balanced team concept, each team is comprised of two men, two women and a coach. 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.

 

 

Philadelphia Freedoms 2011 Home Schedule, all matches begin at 7:00 pm:

 

July 6, Wednesday    vs. Washington Kastles (Venus Williams)

July 7, Thursday       vs. New York Sportimes

July 12, Tuesday       vs. St. Louis Aces (Lindsay Davenport)

July 13, Wednesday  vs. New York Sportimes (John McEnroe – Sportimes // Melanie Oudin - Freedoms)

July 15, Friday          vs. Boston Lobsters

July 18, Monday        vs. Newport Beach Breakers

July 19, Tuesday       vs. Kansas City Explorers (Bryan Brothers)

 

About Philadelphia Freedoms:

World TeamTennis (WTT) was co-founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King who is also owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms. The Freedoms play 14 regular season matches, including seven nights of action during the month of July at The Pavilion at Villanova University. 

 

The 2011 Freedoms Sponsors include Beneficial Bank, Abington Health, Acura, GEICO, Fidelity Investments King of Prussia, Novo Nordisk, CBS3/The CW Philly, The Inquirer, Hamlin Family Foundation, Macy’s, USTA Middle States, 23K Studios, g2 Communications, Chipotle, Drexel University Sports Management, Energy Plus, Dolce Valley Forge, 950 ESPN/WPEN-AM, 97.5WNUW-FM, 102.9WMGK-FM, McShane Sports Medicine and Excel Physical Therapy.

 

Visit www.philadelphiafreedoms.com for more information.

 

About Beneficial Bank

Founded in 1853, Beneficial Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia. It is a community-based, full-service financial services company that has served individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley for 158 years. With 65 offices in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey regions and $4.7 billion in assets, Beneficial offers a full array of financial products that includes commercial, consumer and real estate lending, insurance and wealth management. Visit www.thebeneficial.com for more information.

 

About WTT Pro League presented by GEICO: 

The World Team Tennis (WTT) Pro League presented by GEICO showcases the best in professional team tennis with the innovative coed team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s.  The WTT Pro League has featured virtually every major champion of the Open era over the League's past 35 seasons.

 

Official WTT Pro League sponsors for the 2011 season include Acura, DecoTurf, GEICO and Wilson Racquet Sports.  The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis.  

 

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