Maria Sharapova is out but Grigor Dimitrov makes WTT debut for Orange County Breakers


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Maria Sharapova is out but Grigor Dimitrov makes WTT debut for Orange County Breakers

The 45th edition of the World TeamTennis will take place between July 12 - August 1, in what promise to be the most exciting three weeks in the history of the famous team event if coronavirus allows the action. The Orlando Storm and the Vegas Rollers joined the competition in 2019, offering a chance for more players to experience the magic of the WTT, with the Chicago Smash ready to hit the courts this summer as the brand new team as well.

Staged on the unique multi-colored court, WTT was the first professional sports league that featured men and women in the same squad, guided by the WTA trailblazer and one of the greatest players of all time, Billie Jean King.

On May 9, 1974, WTT became the first regularly scheduled tennis serves coverage on HBO and it has brought the names like Andre Agassi, Kevin Anderson, Tracy Austin, Victoria Azarenka, Boris Becker, James Blake, Bjorn Borg, Bob and Mike Bryan, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick and many others.

The WTT Playoff is set to return to Orleans Arena at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 31 and August 1, gathering four best teams that will fight for the prestigious title and the record-breaking prize money!

The organizers have increased it to a tremendous $5 million, with the added $1 million awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team that wins the King Trophy. The Orange County Breakers have signed Andreja Klepac, Kristyna Pliskova, Steve Johnson and Luke Bambridge so far, with Maria Sharapova canceling the event after announcing the retirement from tennis.

Instead of her, the crowd at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach will have the opportunity to watch the ATP Finals champion and the Major semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov who will make his World TeamTennis debut on July 28 against Ryan Harrison from the San Diego Aviators.

Grigor is currently ranked 19th, scoring two wins at the ATP Cup in January and reaching the semi-final in Acapulco, the last event for the break caused by a coronavirus that will last at least until the second week of June.

"I am really excited to play World TeamTennis for the Orange County Breakers this summer," said Dimitrov. "I think the team format will be a lot of fun and I look forward to playing in front of the Breakers fans on July 28."

"We are thrilled to welcome Grigor Dimitrov to the Orange County Breakers," said Breakers general manager Allen Hardison. "Grigor is one of the top players in the world and he is always a fan favorite at every tournament he plays.

I know our fans will enjoy seeing him play live and with the rival Aviators in town that night it will make for a great atmosphere."