|Venus Williams, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport and Kevin Anderson
lead team lineups for WTT Finals Weekend in Charleston, S.C.
Tennis greats, historic win streak to highlight
weekend of championship tennis at Family Circle Tennis Center
CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 16, 2012) -- Venus Williams, John McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport (no longer playing due to injury, View latest Player Release) and Kevin Anderson will lead the lineup of top tennis players battling for the World TeamTennis Championship at the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
Ticket specials for the WTT Finals Weekend are available through the Family Circle Tennis Center box office. Fans who purchase Terrace Level tickets for Friday and Saturday through the FCTC Box Office will receive a free ticket for Sunday's Championship Final. A full weekend Terrace Level pass is $77.00. Full weekend Box Seat passes are available for $160.50. Single session tickets are $38.50 for Terrace Level and $53.50 for Box Seats. All fees are included in ticket prices. For tickets, travel packages or more information, please contact the Box Office at 1-800-677-2293 or visit www.familycirclecup.com.
Williams, who last month won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with her sister Serena Williams, will join her Washington Kastles' teammates including WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds, Leander Paes, Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova for the weekend and a chance to make history. After capturing the 2011 title in Charleston with a 16-0 record, the Kastles won all 14 of their 2012 regular season matches. The Kastles have not lost a WTT match since July 22, 2010, which gives them the second longest U.S. pro sports team win streak in history with 30 consecutive wins. The longest U.S. pro sports team win streak is 33 games, held by the NBA's 1971-72 Lakers.
Washington will battle their rivals, the New York Sportimes, for the Eastern Conference Championship on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
McEnroe will team up with Jesse Witten, Robert Kendrick, Ashley Harkleroad for the Sportimes. Martina Hingis, who led the Sportimes to the Conference finals with her MVP performance this summer, will not be in Charleston due to a scheduling conflict. The Sportimes are expected to name their final roster player next week.
The best of the West face off on Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, when the Orange County Breakers take on the Sacramento Capitals in the Western Conference Championship. The Breakers are the top-seed in the West and will have WTT veteran Lindsay Davenport leading their lineup. The three-time Grand Slam champion will be joined by WTT Male Rookie of the Year John-Patrick Smith, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jana Juricova and Travis Parrott.
South African Kevin Anderson, currently ranked No. 34 in the world in singles, leads the Sacramento squad that also includes former doubles world No. 1 Mark Knowles, and young Americans Yasmin Schnack and Asia Muhammad. Wayne Bryan, father of Olympic gold medalists Bob and Mike Bryan, is the longtime coach of the Sacramento Capitals.
The Conference Champions advance to the WTT Finals on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3:30 p.m. EDT with the winner taking home the King Trophy, named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
For more information on the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, visit www.WTT.com/Finals.
WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO - Schedule
Western Conference Championship –#2 Sacramento Capitals vs. #1 ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS - Friday, September 14 – 6:30 PM EDT
Eastern Conference Championship – #2 New York Sportimes vs. #1 WASHINGTON KASTLES - Saturday, September 15 – 6:30 PM EDT
WTT Finals – #2 Western Conference Champion vs. #1 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION - Sunday, September 16 – 3:30 PM EDT
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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 37 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.
Photos: Camerawork USA & Travis Vandenberg