Sacramento Capitals add Coco Vandeweghe to roster for WTT Finals Weekend
CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 5, 2012) -- One of America's top young tennis talents, Coco Vandeweghe (pictured to the left), will join her Sacramento Capitals teammates for the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
Vandeweghe, who played four matches for the Capitals during the final week of the regular season, was added to the Finals roster today. In addition to her WTT success, Vandeweghe is having a strong year on the WTA Tour and is currently ranked No. 75 in singles. The 20-year-old reached her highest singles ranking of No. 69 this July after advancing to the finals of the Stanford event, where she lost to Serena Williams. This is Vandeweghe's fourth WTT season.
Other notable names scheduled to play in the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO include two former World No. 1s in both singles and doubles - Venus Williams with the Washington Kastles; and John McEnroe with the New York Sportimes.
Action starts on Friday, Sept. 14, when the Sacramento Capitals and the Orange County Breakers play at 6:30 p.m. EDT for the Western Conference Championship. Joining Vandeweghe on the Capitals roster is world No. 34 Kevin Anderson, Mark Knowles, Yasmin Schnack and Asia Muhammad. WTT Rookie of the Year John-Patrick Smith heads the Breakers lineup along with two former Grand Slam mixed doubles champions, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Travis Parrott, and former collegiate standout Jana Juricova.
Williams and McEnroe headline the Eastern Conference Championship showdown at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Sept. 15 between long-time rivals, the New York Sportimes and the undefeated Washington Kastles. The Kastles are riding a 30-match win streak that started with their unbeaten 2011 season, giving them the second longest U.S. pro sports team win streak in history.
The roster for the Kastles includes Williams, Leander Paes, 2012 WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova. Hall of Famer John McEnroe joins Jesse Witten, Robert Kendrick, Ashley Harkleroad and Kveta Peschke for the Sportimes.
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.
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.
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
Team Rosters (subject to change):
NEW YORK SPORTIMES
Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
Robert Kendrick (USA)
John McEnroe (USA)
Coach: Chuck Adams
Leander Paes (IND)
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Bobby Reynolds (USA)
Venus Williams (USA)
Coach: Murphy Jensen
ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Jana Juricova (SVK)
Travis Parrott (USA)
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)
Coach: Trevor Kronemann
Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Mark Knowles (BAH)
Asia Muhammad (USA)
Yasmin Schnack (USA)
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.
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Media only - please go to www.WTT.com/FinalsMedia to apply for credentials for the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, Sept. 14-16. Credential applications are due by September 5, 2012. Thank you.
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