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July 10, 2001 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 11, 2005 | By Michael D. Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 16, 2002 | By Rich Fisher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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March 30, 2005 | By Michael D. Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 29, 2012 | By Adam Zagoria, For The Inquirer
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.
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February 6, 2007 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 26, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 18, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 28, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 25, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
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July 25, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
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July 6, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Freedoms rookie Marcelo Melo is in the midst of a hectic few weeks. He played in four high-pressure men's doubles matches at Wimbledon this week, advancing to the quarterfinals of one of the most important tournaments in the sport. Just days later, the 30-year-old is preparing to play for the first time in World TeamTennis in a city that he has never been to. But neither of those challenges fazed him. Instead, the thing that has nearly made Melo crack has been watching his native Brazil compete in the World Cup. Melo followed Brazil's matches closely during Wimbledon.
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July 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE PAVILION at Villanova had some star power on the court for the first time since March. The hardwood was replaced by a tennis surface, and 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick took the court for the Springfield Lasers against the Philadelphia Freedoms in a World Team Tennis match. The Lasers took an early lead, and built on it through three sets. The Freedoms mounted a vigorous comeback in the fourth and fifth sets to send the match to overtime, but eventually fell, 23-20. The Freedoms dropped l to 0-3. The Lasers are 2-1. "It was a tight match," Freedoms coach Josh Cohen said.
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July 7, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Billie Jean King herself were to create a model World Team Tennis player, she might be something like the Philadelphia Freedoms' Sloane Stephens. The 20-year-old Stephens is young, and her popularity is booming. And she is very good: Stephens is the only American younger than Serena Williams to have ever beaten her. This year, she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And with apologies to Andy Roddick, she just may be WTT's biggest star.
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August 29, 2012 | By Adam Zagoria, For The Inquirer
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.
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July 20, 2012 | By Billie Jean King, (AS TOLD TO INQUIRER STAFF WRITER TYLER JETT)
On New Year's Day 1975, Elton John released the single "Philadelphia Freedom. " The song was a hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in 1995 the Recording Industry Association of America certified it platinum, marking more than one million records sold. John penned the song in homage to his friend Billie Jean King. The singer followed King's career, including her time in 1974 with the Philadelphia Freedoms in the World TeamTennis league. John was such a fan that he would dress in the team's uniform and sit on the bench.
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June 26, 2012 | By Dara McBride, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alan Krawitz is spending Monday and Tuesday stocking up on bread and cheese - 500 to 700 loaves of bread and about 100 pounds of cheese. Krawitz, owner of Say Cheese Philadelphia, a food truck specializing in grilled cheese, is preparing for his first year at Taste of Philadelphia, held Friday through Sunday at Penn's Landing as part of the 10-day Wawa Welcome America celebration that begins Monday. "Because of the scope and the number of Philadelphians present, you really need to put your best foot forward," said Krawitz, who plans on serving barbecue grilled chicken cheese and a Gruyere grilled cheese with caramelized onions.
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January 12, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The federal judges who heard the latest appeal in the legal saga of Louis Mickens-Thomas seemed inclined to release the 82-year-old inmate, who is being held at Graterford Prison in part for planting an unwanted kiss on a woman from his church. John Knorr, who argued Tuesday on behalf of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, barely had introduced himself before Circuit Judge Maryanne Trump Barry interrupted him. "You're a brave man for being here today, given the arguments we've heard and the papers we've read," she said.
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July 7, 2010 | By Mario Aguirre, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Freedoms' home opener on Thursday at Villanova's Pavilion will feature two marquee names: Andy Roddick headlines the Freedoms' roster and Serena Williams plays for the Washington Kastles. Williams won her 13th Grand Slam singles title Saturday at Wimbledon, passing World TeamTennis cofounder Billie Jean King, who was sixth on the all-time list. King, who was there when the Freedoms debuted in 1974, did not seem upset to be passed by Williams. "I think it's great," King said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters.
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June 15, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Sandra N. Haughton, who has been serving as financial consultant for the debt-plagued Freedom Theatre for the past four years, has been named executive director of the organization, believed to be the nation's oldest black theater company. Haughton, 60, is Freedom Theatre's first executive director and the first manager officially in charge of all operations since the departure more than two years ago of artistic director Walter Dallas, who also served as interim managing director. Haughton is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a seasoned arts administrator.
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