July 16, 2014 |
WHEN THE FREEDOMS take the court at the Pavilion on Villanova's campus tonight, the tennis team will feature a Grand Slam winning doubles tandem in the organization. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won the 2011 U.S. Open women's doubles tournament, and each won Wimbledon, the French and the Australian Open with other partners. The only difference this year is Huber will take the court with her Freedoms teammates, while Raymond will cheer from the stands. Raymond took on a front-office role with the team this season, as director of player personnel.
April 18, 2013 |
The regular signing period for a number of NCAA sports begins Wednesday, and Jessie Graham will become the first tennis player in Academy of Notre Dame history to complete a letter of intent with a Division I school. It's a neat distinction. It's a distinction that Graham doesn't think she deserves. It's a distinction that needs an asterisk. About 22 years ago, a terrific young tennis player walked the halls of Notre Dame and signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida.
January 14, 2013 |
Donald Trump isn't out here. There are no visible supermodels or former Seinfeld cast members taking in the scene at Court 4 at New York's USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The people who are here want to be here, leaning against trash cans and standing on bleachers. Many are straining for a look at the full court. A determined security guard ("Hey!") holds back more from getting close. Most of the 1,000 or so onlookers are dressed as if they are playing themselves - bald men in fraying caps, women in tennis skirts.
January 13, 2013
Two other American tennis players win a lot of doubles tournaments when they are healthy and focused. Asked what it is like to face Venus and Serena Williams on a doubles court, Lisa Raymond said it is just about what it looks like. "It's just a lot of power coming at you," said Raymond, who, with partner Liezel Huber, lost to the Williams sisters in three sets last year in the Wimbledon semifinals after winning the first set. "I think you're playing the best server of all time in women's tennis in Serena Williams, and her sister's not too shabby with her serve.
August 2, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams was scanning the U.S. tennis roster on Tuesday morning, then stopped when she saw Lisa Raymond's name. She stared at it for a second, focusing on Raymond's birthday, then did some math in her head. "I said to myself, 'Lisa's 38?' " Williams recalled. "There's no way Lisa's 38. " Actually, she'll turn 39 this month. But Raymond's career isn't defined by numbers. At 38 and 11 months, the Wayne native is playing some of her best tennis ever.
June 29, 2012 |
WAYNE-BORN and -bred Lisa Raymond was named to the U.S. Olympic tennis team Tuesday, playing doubles. For the 38-year-old veteran, medaling in the Olympics is the one major tennis honor she has not achieved. "To see it official and in writing and to actually see it all come to fruition … It had been such a goal of mine and ours to make this Olympic team and be a part of something so much bigger than the both of us," Raymond said, referencing her doubles partner, Liezel Huber, who will join her in London.
March 21, 2012 |
Hello there In September 2009, the dating site eHarmony told Lisa and Ray that they might make a good pair. Looking at his profile, Lisa saw that Ray "was passionate about making a difference in the world, and I was intrigued by that. " Ray, who grew up in Cherry Hill, had moved to Camden to try to help revitalize that city. He is CEO of the nonprofit Latin American Economic Development Association, which helps to start and grow small businesses. Lisa, who lived in the Art Museum neighborhood, sent him a message through the eHarmony site.
January 17, 2012 |
A couple of years ago, I saw Chase Utley in a restaurant. When it became obvious whom it was, no one in the place could keep it together, from the patrons sitting near him to the waiters taking his order. There was a buzz about the place, as if we were being treated to something special, even though for Utley, one would assume, eating a meal happens at least three times a day. But when I sat with Lisa Raymond at Wayne's Gryphon Café, one of those suburban coffee shops decorated with just enough kitsch to remind patrons they aren't sitting in a Starbucks, there was no buzz, no whispers.
September 12, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Already being outplayed by Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final, the last thing Serena Williams needed was to lose a game for yelling during a point. That's exactly what happened early in the second set, leading to an argument between Williams and the chair umpire, a scene less ugly than - but reminiscent of - the American's tirade two years ago at the same tournament. In the end, Stosur beat Williams, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title.
July 19, 2011 |
In front of a small crowd at Villanova's Pavilion, 37-year-old Lisa Raymond proved why she is one of the world's premier doubles players as the Freedoms rolled to a 25-16 World TeamTennis victory on Monday night over the visiting Newport Beach Breakers. An owner of nine career Grand Slam doubles titles, including a Wimbledon championship in 2001, Raymond won both of her doubles matches on Monday. A native of Wayne, Raymond is in her 10th season in the league and her eighth with the Freedoms.