ESPN3 to Air 15 Matches This Summer; Mylan WTT Finals Live on ESPN2
The Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) milestone 40th season begins Sunday, July 12, with 15 matches on ESPN3 and concluding with the finals live on ESPN2 on Sunday, Aug. 2. The first match airs Monday, July 13, at 10 p.m. ET with the matchup of last year’s Eastern and Western Conference runners-up, the Philadelphia Freedoms – led by 2014 WTT Men’s MVP Marcelo Melo – and the San Diego Aviators.
Other highlights throughout the 40th season include the home-opener of the defending champion Washington Kastles on July 14 as they start their bid for a record-breaking fifth consecutive title. This summer, world No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will return to the Kastles for the first time since 2011, joining the team’s impressive lineup including returning marquee players Martina Hingis and Venus Williams and American standout Sam Querrey. Venus Williams will take the court July 14 in Washington D.C., while Serena Williams is scheduled to make her home appearance on July 21.
The world top-ranked doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, join the action July 23-26 in the inaugural season for the Sacramento-based California Dream. John Isner – the top-ranked American who was picked up by the Springfield Lasers – suits up for a home match on July 24 and 25. Andy Roddick returns to his hometown Austin Aces for a match on July 16 at the Aces’ new venue at Gregory Gymnasium at The University of Texas.
The regular season closes out on July 29 with the anticipated matchup between the Boston Lobsters and Washington Kastles. After finishing at the bottom of the standings in 2014, the Lobsters are a team to watch this year with the addition of Eugenie Bouchard, who will join the action July 27-29.
The Mylan WTT Conference Championships will air on ESPN3 on Thursday, July 30. The conference champions advance to the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, August 2. The action starts on ESPN3 at 11:30 a.m. with ESPN2 joining the coverage at 1 p.m. as the best in professional team tennis battle for the King Trophy, named after the league co-founder Billie Jean King.
Mylan WTT Matches on ESPN3:
|Mon, Jul 13||10 p.m.||Philadelphia Freedoms vs. San Diego Aviators||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jul 14||7 p.m.||Austin Aces vs. Washington Kastles||ESPN3|
|Thu, Jul 16||8 p.m.||California Dream vs. Austin Aces||ESPN3|
|Mon, Jul 20||7 p.m.||Washington Kastles vs. Philadelphia Freedoms||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jul 21||7 p.m.||Boston Lobsters vs. Washington Kastles||ESPN3|
|Thu, Jul 23||10:30 p.m.||San Diego Aviators vs. California Dream||ESPN3|
|Sat, Jul 25||8 p.m.||San Diego Aviators vs. Springfield Lasers||ESPN3|
|Sun, Jul 26||8 p.m.||California Dream vs. Philadelphia Freedoms||ESPN3|
|Mon, Jul 27||7 p.m.||Philadelphia Freedoms vs. Boston Lobsters||ESPN3|
|Tue, Jul 28||7 p.m.||Boston Lobsters vs. Philadelphia Freedoms||ESPN3|
|10 p.m.||Springfield Lasers vs. San Diego Aviators||ESPN3|
|Wed, Jul 29||7 p.m.||Boston Lobsters vs. Washington Kastles||ESPN3|
|Thu, Jul 30||7 p.m.||Eastern Conference Championship: Teams TBD||ESPN3|
|TBD||Western Conference Championship: Teams TBD||ESPN3|
|Sun, Aug 2||11:30 a.m. – *||Mylan WTT Finals: Teams TBD||ESPN3|
Mylan WTT Finals Live on ESPN2:
|Sun, Aug 2||1 p.m. – *||Mylan WTT Finals: Teams TBD||ESPN2|
* – The Finals starts at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN3 with the ESPN2 broadcast beginning at 1 p.m. ET
About Mylan World TeamTennis:
2015 marks the 40th season for Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT), the groundbreaking leader in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. This summer, Mylan WTT becomes only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone.
Mylan WTT has been a pioneer in the sports world with many of the league’s modernizations recognized and adopted by others in the industry. In addition to being the first professional sports league to feature men and women competing equally on a team, Mylan WTT has showcased advancements such as no-ad and cumulative scoring, on-court coaching and playing let serves.