PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS SEASON HOME OPENER JULY 10
FEATURING TENNIS SUPERSTAR ANDY RODDICK
Sloane Stephens, Bob and Mike Bryan, John McEnroe to also compete in Villanova this July
Season tickets now on sale
March 6, 2013 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – The Philadelphia Freedoms announced that the 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO season home opener will take place on Wednesday, July 10 at the Pavilion at Villanova University. Former world No. 1 and 2003 US Open Champion Andy Roddick will return to Philadelphia for the home opener playing for the Springfield Lasers in his first competitive professional matches since the 2012 US Open.
The home season continues on July 16 against the 2011 and 2012 Mylan WTT Champions Washington Kastles and July 17 against the New York Sportimes. On July 16 the Freedoms will look to break the Kastles back-to-back undefeated season winning streak with Freedoms marquee player Sloane Stephens. Stephens will also play on the 17 against the Sportimes.
Stephens is the No. 2 ranked American player and 2013 Australian Open semifinalist and was the Freedoms’ first pick in the 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft. World No. 17 Stephens advanced to the semifinals by defeating Serena Williams, the only time Williams has ever lost to a younger American player. Aside from a fierce backhand, Stephens is known for raising tennis' social media profile—she tweeted on-court immediately following her defeat of Serena (Twitter handle: @sloanetweets). Stephens played for Mylan World TeamTennis’ historic all-amateur team in 2009.
The Orange County Breakers will visit Villanova on July 19. On July 21 the newest Mylan WTT franchise, the Irving-based Texas Wild, will come to town with the world’s top-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan. Bob and Mike Bryan return to Philadelphia following their 2012 Olympic gold medal win. The record-setting brothers have held the year-end number one ranking for eight of the last ten years and recently won their 13th career Grand Slam doubles title at the 2013 Australian Open. This will be the Bryans’ 11th season of Mylan WTT competition.
The home season wraps up with a pair of matches July 23 and July 24. The Freedoms will welcome the Boston Lobsters on July 23rd. During the 2012 season the Freedoms narrowly defeated the Lobsters 18-17 in a hard fought home match.
JUST ADDED: Hall of Famer John McEnroe and the New York Sportimes will close out the Freedoms home schedule on July 24! Last season’s match against the Sportimes was a nail-biter to the end with the Freedoms falling a super tiebreaker with a final score of 18-19. Fans and players alike were on the edges of their seats during that intense match.
The home season schedule is as follows:
Philadelphia Freedoms 2013 Home Schedule
Wednesday, July 10 Springfield Lasers (Roddick-SPR)
Tuesday, July 16 Washington Kastles (Stephens-PHL)
Wednesday, July 17 New York Sportimes (Stephens-PHL)
Friday, July 19 Orange County Breakers
Sunday, July 21 Texas Wild (Bryan Brothers-TEX)
Tuesday, July 23 Boston Lobsters
Wednesday, July 24 New York Sportimes (John McEnroe-NYS)
All home matches are played at the Pavilion at Villanova University.
To view the full Freedoms schedule including all road matches, CLICK HERE.
Team rosters will be completed with the 2013 Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 12 at Noon ET. The draft may be followed live on WTT.com/RosterDraft with real-time updates on the Freedoms’ Facebook and Twitter pages.
Freedoms 2013 season tickets are available now; individual tickets go on sale March 18, 2013. Season ticketholders enjoy the benefits of tickets to each of the seven Philadelphia Freedoms home games, reserved parking, a separate, private entrance into the Pavilion at Villanova University, and more. Further information about season tickets is available online at the "Tickets" tab above or by phone at 215-667-8132.
With Mylan WTT’s gender-balanced team concept, each team is comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Team matches consist of five sets, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
The 2013 Mylan WTT regular season runs July 7-24 with the top two teams from both the Eastern and Western Conference advancing to the conference championships on July 25. The Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO are scheduled for Sunday, July 28.
The 2013 Philadelphia Freedoms are presented by Beneficial Bank and hosted by Cancer Treatment Centers of America.