World TeamTennis sets TV and live streaming schedule
First national telecast features Mardy Fish on July 13;
League to live stream matches every night of the regular season
NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 5, 2012) – More than 200 hours of action from the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO, including 80 hours of live coverage, will air on a combination of national and regional television networks and online this July.
The 37th season of the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO runs July 9-28, with more the 60 of the world's best tennis players from 13 countries competing during the three-week regular season. The top teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C., Sept. 14-16. Television and live streaming plans for the WTT Finals Weekend will be announced in the coming weeks.
Comcast Sports Net, Tennis Channel, and Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) will air three matches during July, starting with Mardy Fish leading his Sacramento Capitals at home on July 13 against the Orange County Breakers. Matches two and three will showcase New York Sportimes veterans John McEnroe and Martina Hingis visiting the Philadelphia Freedoms on July 20, and Serena Williams' final match before heading to the Olympics on July 22 as the defending WTT Champion Washington Kastles host the Kansas City Explorers in the nation’s capital.
Leif Shiras will be the host for all televised WTT matches. Former WTT coach Craig Kardon will join him in the booth for the July 13 match, with Luke Jensen taking over the analyst duties on July 20 and July 22.
In addition to the televised matches, the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO will live stream matches each day of the regular season beginning on opening night, July 9. The first match features the Washington Kastles on the road against Lindsay Davenport and the Orange County Breakers, which airs at 10 p.m. EDT.
The live stream matches can be viewed on WTT.com, as well as other affiliated host sites, including Tennis.com. A full list of WTT matches being streamed can be viewed at WTT.com/LiveSchedule.
WTT.com will also air several matches that are headlined by multiple marquee players. On Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. EDT, New York hosts Boston with John McEnroe and Martina Hingis playing for the Sportimes and Andre Agassi competing for the Lobsters. Venus Williams makes her second appearance of the season two days later for the Kastles, as they play host to the Sportimes on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
This summer, WTT will be even more accessible. WTT has introduced an iPhone app titled “World TeamTennis”, which is produced by Neulion Inc. Through the app, a user can access scores, schedules, player rosters, team information, photos, and tickets.
WTT has also launched a new mobile site which includes links to view the latest scores and schedules, or buy match tickets. Fans can keep track of the live stream schedule by entering #WTTLive on Twitter to receive daily updates about matchups and marquees, while also joining in the conversation with other World TeamTennis fans around the world.
GEICO is the presenting sponsor of the WTT Pro League. Other official WTT Pro League national and regional sponsors for the 2012 season include Cancer Treatment Centers of America, DecoTurf, Kraft, Mylan, Sims Recycling Solutions, UBS and Wilson Racquet Sports.
National Series TV Schedule - airing on Tennis Channel and Comcast SportsNet
Fri., July 13 - Orange County Breakers @ Sacramento Capitals (Mardy Fish) - 10:30 p.m. EDT
Fri., July 20 - New York Sportimes (John McEnroe/Martina Hingis) @ Philadelphia Freedoms - 7 p.m. EDT
Sun., July 22 - Kansas City Explorers @ Washington Kastles (Serena Williams) - 7 p.m. EDT
WTT LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE - Regular Season:
Date Time Match / Marquee Players
Mon., July 9 10 p.m. (EDT) Washington @ Orange County (Lindsay Davenport)
Tues., July 10 7 p.m. (EDT) Sacramento @ Philadelphia (James Blake)
Wed., July 11 10 p.m. (EDT) Kansas City @ Orange County (Lindsay Davenport)
Thurs., July 12 10:30 p.m. (EDT) Kansas City @ Sacramento (Mardy Fish)
Fri., July 13 7 p.m. (EDT) Washington @ Boston (Robby Ginepri)
Fri., July 13 10:30 p.m. (EDT) Orange County @ Sacramento (Mardy Fish)
Sat., July 14 10 p.m. (EDT) Sacramento @ Orange County (Lindsay Davenport)
Sun., July 15 7 p.m. (EDT) Philadelphia @ Washington
Mon., July 16 7 p.m. (EDT) Kansas City (Bob & Mike Bryan) @ Philadelphia
Tues., July 17 7 p.m. (EDT) Orange County (Lindsay Davenport) @ Boston Lobsters
Wed., July 18 7 p.m. (EDT) Sacramento (Sam Querrey) @ Washington
Thurs., July 19 7 p.m. (EDT) Boston (Andre Agassi) @ New York (Martina Hingis/ John McEnroe)
Fri., July 20 7 p.m. (EDT) New York (Martina Hingis / John McEnroe) @ Philadelphia
Fri., July 20 7 p.m. (EDT) Orange County @ Washington
Sat., July 21 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Washington (Venus Williams) @ New York in Troy, N.Y.
Sun., July 22 7 p.m. (EDT) Kansas City @ Washington (Serena Williams)
Sun., July 22 10:30 p.m. (EDT) Springfield Lasers @ Sacramento (Sam Querrey)
Mon., July 23 6 p.m. (EDT) Philadelphia @ Boston (John Isner)
Tues., July 24 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Boston @ New York in Troy, N.Y. (Martina Hingis/John McEnroe)
Wed., July 25 7 p.m. (EDT) Boston @ Philadelphia (Mark Philippoussis)
Friday, July 27 10 p.m. (EDT) Boston @ Orange County (Lindsay Davenport)
Saturday, July 28 10 p.m. (EDT) Philadelphia (Mark Philippoussis) @ Orange County (Lindsay Davenport)
MEDIA CONTACT: Rosie Crews, WTT 817.684.0366 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 36 seasons. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis. WTT and the USTA are teaming up on number of initiatives, including development of the youth market through junior team tennis programs. For more information on the WTT Pro League, visit www.WTT.com.