July 10, 2001 |
With a terrific sense of timing, the expansion Philadelphia Freedoms will open their season in World Team Tennis tonight just two days after three of their players won doubles championships at Wimbledon. Don Johnson, who teamed with Jared Palmer to win the men's doubles title, and Lisa Raymond of Wayne and Rennae Stubbs of Australia, who won the women's doubles crown together, are three of the five members of the Freedoms, a resurrection of a team that dropped out of WTT after its inaugural season of 1974.
June 11, 2005 |
The intensity isn't quite the same as playing in a Grand Slam event, something that Patrick Rafter has done with considerable success. World Team Tennis is a more relaxed game, said Rafter, a two-time U.S. Open winner who will play this summer for the Philadelphia Freedoms, his second season as the team's marquee player. Rafter, 32, will play four games for the Freedoms, but three of them will be on the road. His only appearance in the Philadelphia area will be on July 19 when the Freedoms play the Delaware Smash at Cabrini College in Radnor.
July 16, 2002 |
She has done everything that can be done in tennis. But to watch Billie Jean King sitting in her front-row seat at Cabrini College as the Philadelphia Freedoms prepared to play the New York Hamptons in a World Team Tennis season opener last week, it was easy to mistake her for a wide-eyed fan attending her first match. While Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" blared from a loudspeaker, King bopped about in her seat, singing along the best she could. "I used to know all the words," she said with a laugh.
March 30, 2005 |
Patrick Rafter, the two-time U.S. Open champion, will rejoin the Philadelphia Freedoms this summer for his second year as the team's marquee player. The Freedoms protected their rights to the 32-year-old Australian during the World Team Tennis draft yesterday in Miami. Other stars selected in the draft included Steffi Graf, who will play for the Houston Wranglers, and Venus Williams, chosen by the Delaware Smash. The Freedoms also will bring back four other members of last year's team: Lisa Raymond, the former Wayne resident, as well as John Paul Fruttero, Josh Eagle and Elena Tatarkova.
August 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Julia Cohen's first appearance at the U.S. Open did not last long. Cohen, a 23-year-old Philadelphia native who attended Episcopal Academy, was bounced in the first round Monday evening by Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, 6-3, 6-0. "It was my first time playing the U.S. Open and I was nervous, obviously," Cohen said. "It wasn't my best match, but I hope next time in a main draw of a Grand Slam I'll do better. " Several hundred fans gathered in the twilight on Court 10 of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to watch the match, which was among those delayed several hours by rain.
February 6, 2007 |
The defending World Team Tennis champion Freedoms released their schedule yesterday, and among the visitors coming to their home site at Cabrini College will be Pete Sampras and John McEnroe. In addition, Venus Williams will again play a limited schedule for the Freedoms, which includes one home match. The Freedoms will play 14 matches, seven home and seven away, in the 11-team WTT. The season will again be played during a three-week period in July. The top teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences will meet in the playoffs at the end of July.
June 26, 2009 |
Billie Jean King's persuasive ways paid off during a trip earlier this year to Las Vegas. There, the longtime tennis promoter talked Andre Agassi into returning to the World Team Tennis ranks and join her Philadelphia Freedoms. Agassi, who retired after the 2006 U.S. Open, agreed to play two matches this season for the Freedoms. "I mean, how do you say no to Billie Jean?" Agassi said yesterday. "I mean, it's almost impossible. She's changed the face of sports. She's given anybody that has a daughter a chance at a life in sports.
May 18, 2005 |
The opinion of the fans does matter to some professional sports teams, namely the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis. After last season, when the Freedoms finished 8-6 and missed the playoffs by one match, WTT franchises conducted surveys among their fans. One of the questions asked: Would you like to see the team remain intact? The answer to that question, Freedoms owner and tennis icon Billie Jean King said yesterday, was "yes. " "You have to listen to the fans," King said during a news conference at a Radnor restaurant near the team's home courts at Cabrini College.
February 28, 2003 |
Billie Jean King still can inspire a tennis crowd even without using a racket. The Hall of Famer was in the area yesterday in her role as World Team Tennis cofounder, generating support for the Philadelphia Freedoms, the Delaware Smash, and the league in general. King and Freedoms general manager Jeffrey Harrison spoke to a group of tennis-club owners and potential volunteers about the competiton coming to the Philadelphia area. The meeting took place at Cabrini College, which will be the Freedoms' home court for the third consecutive year.
July 25, 2014 |
AFTER PLAYING 14 matches in 17 days, the Philadelphia Freedoms' regular season has come to an end. After an 0-4 start in World TeamTennis, the Freedoms rattled off wins in eight of their previous nine matches to clinch the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. Their opponent in the opening-round matchup, which doubles as the league semifinals, is a familiar one. They will visit the Washington Kastles at the Smith Center tonight at 7. The teams already have met four times this season, including last night's 21-10 Freedoms come-from-behind win at the Pavilion at Villanova, and have split the series.