PHILADELPHIA’S LISA RAYMOND SELECTED BY PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS
IN WORLD TEAMTENNIS ROSTER PLAYER DRAFT
Lisa Raymond, Beatrice Capra, Brendan Evans and Nathan Healey drafted today
joining Melanie Oudin on 2011 Philadelphia Freedoms roster
March 15, 2011 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) The Philadelphia Freedoms added four outstanding players to their 2011 team during today’s World TeamTennis Roster Draft. Roster players added to the team include former world no. 1 doubles player Lisa Raymond, rising American Beatrice Capra, a WTT rookie, Brendan Evans and local resident Nathan Healey. Raymond, Capra, Evans and Healey join American teen phenom Melanie Oudin on the 2011 roster.
The roster players will compete with last month’s announced marquee player visits from Venus Williams of the Washington Kastles (July 6), Lindsay Davenport of the St. Louis Aces (July 12), John McEnroe of the New York Sportimes and the Freedoms’ Melanie Oudin (July 13) and Bob and Mike Bryan of the Kansas City Explorers (July 19). All Freedoms home matches are played indoors at the Pavilion at Villanova University with a start time of 7:00 p.m. The Philadelphia Freedoms play seven matches at home during the WTT regular season on July 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 18 and 19.
Local Wayne, Pa., native and former world no. 1 doubles player Lisa Raymond was selected in the Roster Exempt Draft which preceded the regular Roster Draft today. She holds seven Grand Slam doubles titles – three women’s and four mixed – and was a member of the 2004 Olympic Team playing doubles with Martina Navratilova. Raymond has been a member of Freedoms for eight of the past ten years.
Raymond celebrated her return to the team saying, “I am thrilled to be a part of the Philadelphia Freedoms team again this year. As a local resident, playing for my home team on my home court is as good as it gets. Philly is a great sports town and I am proud to be a part of it."
The Freedoms selected Beatrice Capra as their first round draft pick. Capra will be playing for Duke University next fall and 2011 marks her first World TeamTennis season. She competed in her first main draw Grand Slam tournament at the 2010 US Open where she advanced to the third round before falling to former world no. 1 player Maria Sharapova.
Brendan Evans reached a career-high combined no. 2 ranking while on the junior circuit. At that time he scored three out of four Grand Slam doubles titles with partner Scott Oudesma at the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. 2011 will mark Evans’ first season of WTT competition.
Reading, Pa. resident, Nathan Healey, was the fourth round draft pick for the Freedoms. He again joins his 2009 Freedoms teammate Lisa Raymond on the 2011 roster. This Australian native player is the winner of three doubles titles and currently leads the tennis academy at White Manor Country Club. Healey also served as the tennis coach for former world no. 1 player Lleyton Hewitt.
Last month Melanie Oudin was the Freedoms top pick in the
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