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July 6, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just as Philadelphia-area adult male tennis fans are quite familiar with Anna Kournikova, the photogenic Russian knows the City of Brotherly Love and its vocal spectators well. Kournikova, the sport's glamour girl in the 1990s and early part of this decade, competed in the Advanta Championships at the Convention Center and, later, Villanova. In 2003, playing for the Kansas City Explorers, she made a World Team Tennis appearance at Cabrini College in Radnor. One of the highlights of her professional career came in 2000, when she teamed with Martina Hingis to claim the Advanta doubles title at Villanova.
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July 6, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
ALBANY, N.Y. - Noppawan Lertcheewakarn defeated Martina Hingis, 7-4, in the tiebreaker match Monday to give the Freedoms a 21-20 win over the New York Buzz in a World Team Tennis match at the University of Albany. Lertcheewakarn had beaten Hingis, 5-4, in women's singles to finish regulation in a 20-20 tie. The Freedoms opened the match with a 5-1 win by Ramon Delgado and Prakash Amritraj in mixed doubles. It was their only victory until the women's singles match. Scoville Jenkins beat Delgado, 5-4, in men's singles.
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July 16, 2011
The Freedoms fell to the Boston Lobsters last night, 22-17, in a World TeamTennis match at Villanova's Pavilion. Their only two wins were by Brendan Evans, who beat Jan-Michael Gambill in men's singles, 5-4; and by Beatrice Capra, who beat Mashona Washington in women's singles, 5-3. Boston won all the doubles matches: Washington and Irina Falconi over Capra and Lisa Raymond in women's, 5-3; Gambill and Eric Butorac over Evans and Nathan...
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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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June 15, 2010 | By TYLER DUNNE, dunnet@phillynews.com
Venus Williams has arguably never been better. Ranked second in the world, she's nipping at her sister Serena's heels. And in less than 2 weeks, her book "Come to Win" hits the shelves. But in reality, both are footnotes compared with the ruckus she caused at the French Open a couple of weeks ago. Williams' outfit - a risqué, black-and-red-laced, French-maid dress - caused great controversy with its scandalous see-through effect. Sorry, Philadelphia, Williams won't be making a fashion statement when she comes to town next month as part of the World TeamTennis schedule.
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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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July 31, 2006 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Freedoms captured their second World Team Tennis championship yesterday, rallying past the Newport Beach Breakers, 21-14, at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, Calif. In the final set, Philadelphia's team of Rennae Stubbs and Daniel Nestor shut out the Breakers, 5-0, in mixed doubles to capture the team's second King Trophy since 2001. Stubbs was named MVP of the finals. "We got a little help from some other teams to get us into the finals," Freedoms coach Craig Kardon said.
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February 14, 2013
The Freedoms on Tuesday selected Sloane Stephens, the No. 2- ranked American player and 2013 Australian Open semifinalist, with their first pick in the World Team Tennis draft. They also announced that Andy Roddick and the world's top-ranked doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will visit the Freedoms in July at their home court at Villanova University. Stephens, 19, advanced to the Australian semifinals by defeating Serena Williams, the only time Williams has ever lost to a younger American player.
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July 15, 2010 | By Mario Aguirre, Inquirer Staff Writer
No longer the tennis player who had a large following a decade ago, Anna Kournikova continues to find other ways to remain involved with the sport. For the last eight years, she has played World TeamTennis. "For me, it's a great experience to be back on the court again," said Kournikova, 29, who is in her third season with the St. Louis Aces. "That's why I think this league really works. It gives the players who are currently on the tour a chance to transition from Wimbledon, from Europe, into the American season, and [helps]
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July 22, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kim Clijsters, who won 34 singles championships before retiring in May 2007, will take the second step in her return to professional competition tonight when she plays for the St. Louis Aces in a World Team Tennis match against the Philadelphia Freedoms in King of Prussia. The 26-year-old Belgian plans to play in next month's U.S. Open, a tournament which she won in 2005. She was scheduled to make her first WTT appearance last night against the visiting Springfield Lasers. "I really felt like it was a perfect opportunity for me to be part of such a nice event, an event that has been going on since the mid-1970s," she said.
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August 2, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Caroline Wozniacki spent two months rehabbing injuries this spring, which made everything harder. She couldn't compete in tournaments, had to do "the boring stuff" and was mentally drained. So when she lost in the first round at Wimbledon last month for just the second time since 2006, she wasn't upset with herself. The 26-year-old had drawn No. 13-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova and understood she was still a little rusty. "I just came back from injury so I'm giving myself a little bit of time," Wozniacki said.
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May 7, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
After watching Olympic champion Bruce Jenner declare himself a transgender woman during a nationally televised interview last month, Billie Jean King realized her next ophthalmologist visit was going to be a long one. King's ophthalmologist is Renee Richards, the tennis player who in 1975 underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman. "We'll be having a lengthy discussion about it, I can guarantee you that," said King, 71, who became one of the first openly gay sports superstars following a 1981 lawsuit by a former lover.
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July 22, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost everything about Andy Roddick's life has changed since he retired from the ATP tour nearly two years ago. But his serve still produces a green blur that passes in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately for Roddick, his still-powerful serve wasn't enough in men's singles when the Austin Aces played the Freedoms in a World TeamTennis match Monday night at Villanova's Pavilion. Roddick lost, 5-4, to Frank Dancevic before teaming with Treat Huey in men's doubles to defeat Dancevic and Marcelo Melo, 5-3. Overall, the Aces won, 21-18.
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July 6, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE FREEDOMS will open their season as a part of Mylan World TeamTennis tomorrow night at Springfield without one of their rising stars. Victoria Duval, 18, announced yesterday that she will miss the season as she undergoes treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. "I am truly devastated about having to miss the WTT season and competing with my Philadelphia teammates," Duval, who was set to play her second season with the Freedoms, said in a statement. "I will be cheering from home, though.
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June 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The final decision was left for Billie Jean King to make, which is just the way she likes it. The Philadelphia team in the brand-new World Team Tennis league was either going to be called the Philadelphia Liberty or the Philadelphia Freedoms. "I thought a lot about it and freedom is just one of the most powerful words in the world. It means so much to me in this country that we have freedom," King said Tuesday during one stop in a media tour to promote July's WTT season. "It had to be Freedoms.
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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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March 15, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
The Freedoms selected Jessica Pegula as their first-round pick on Wednesday in the World TeamTennis roster draft. Pegula, a 19-year-old WTT rookie, has a WTA singles ranking of 142 and doubles ranking of 96. She is the daughter of Penn State benefactor Terry Pegula, who owns the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans. In the second round, the Freedoms drafted doubles specialist and 2011 WTT female MVP Liezel Huber. The third-round pick was Australian Samuel Groth, best known for hitting the fastest recorded serve in tennis history (163.4 m.p.h.)
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February 14, 2013
The Freedoms on Tuesday selected Sloane Stephens, the No. 2- ranked American player and 2013 Australian Open semifinalist, with their first pick in the World Team Tennis draft. They also announced that Andy Roddick and the world's top-ranked doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will visit the Freedoms in July at their home court at Villanova University. Stephens, 19, advanced to the Australian semifinals by defeating Serena Williams, the only time Williams has ever lost to a younger American player.
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July 22, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
John McEnroe turned back the clock for tennis fans Friday night with a vintage performance. Now, if only he could do that during the points themselves. Playing with the New York Sportimes during their 19-18 World TeamTennis victory in a super tiebreaker against the Freedoms at the Pavilion at Villanova, McEnroe argued with the umpire, slammed a ball into the net in frustration after a double fault, and once cocked his racket, preparing to chuck it after hitting a ball out of bounds.
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