The 44th edition of the World TeamTennis is ready to get underway on July 14, with two new teams joining the calendar that leads to the WTT Finals on August 3 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Using the unique multi-colored court, WTT served as the first professional sports league to feature men and women on the same team when it all started on May 6, 1974, all under the close guidance of Billie Jean King, the WTA trailblazer.
Held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden back on March 22, the 2019 WTT draft had assembled some of the biggest tennis stars that have signed to play WTT this summer, including Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Bob and Mike Bryan, Marta Kostyuk, Taylor Fritz, Miomir Kecmanovic, Frances Tiafoe and Nick Kyrgios!
World no. 7 Sloane Stephens enters the party as well, kicking off her third straight World TeamTennis campaign on July 18, joining John Isner and Mardy Fish in New York Empire roster. In their third home encounter against Orange County Breakers, Sloane will lead the Empire for the first time in ten years, making her WTT debut in 2009 for New York Buzz.
In the last two years, Stephens played for Philadelphia Freedoms and can't wait to return to New York where she claimed the US Open title two years ago after an incredible comeback after being sidelined with a foot injury.
“New York City holds such a special place in my heart after winning the 2017 US Open here,” said Stephens. “I love the unique and exciting format of World TeamTennis and I cannot wait to come back to NYC this summer and help the Empire get a win in front of the hometown fans”.
“I could not be more excited to work with Sloane this summer,” said Empire head coach Luke Jensen. “She is one of the best players in the world and her addition to the roster will no doubt put us in a better position to reach our ultimate goal of lifting the King Trophy at the end of the season”.