|WTT announces 2008 dates, new playoff format|
World TeamTennis 2008 Season Set for July 3 – 23
New Playoff Format Sends Five Teams to WTT Championship Weekend
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 15, 2007) -- The 2008 World TeamTennis regular season will be held July 3-23, League officials announced today.
Now in its 33rd season, the WTT Pro League has teams in ten markets. For the 2008 season, five teams will advance to the WTT Championship Weekend, July 25-27, to battle for the King Trophy. The top two teams from both the Eastern and Western Conferences automatically qualify for the playoffs. WTT is adding a wild card match that will feature the No. 4 seed and a wild card team. The wild card will either be the host team or the team with the fifth best overall League record (if the host team qualifies as one of the top two teams from their conference).
Conference champions will be decided during the regular season. The five teams advancing to the Championship Weekend will be seeded based on their regular season record, regardless of conference. The top three teams automatically advance to the semifinals. The winner of the wild card match between the No. 4 seed and the wild card team advances to the semifinals to face the No. 1 seed.
Bids are currently being accepted from League teams to host the WTT Championship Weekend and a site will be announced in early 2008. The defending WTT Champions, Sacramento Capitals, hosted the 2007 playoffs. The schedule for the 2008 season will be announced in early February and lineups will be finalized at the WTT Player Draft on April 1 in Miami.
Some of tennis’ biggest names played World TeamTennis last season, including Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Anna Kournikova and Bob and Mike Bryan.
The 2008 season will be the 33rd year of World TeamTennis action. WTT is well known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, co-ed format, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts and player names on back of their shirts.
The unique gender-balanced team concept for WTT was created in the early 70s by League co-founders Billie Jean King and Larry King. The format used for a WTT Pro League match features teams comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Each match consists of five sets, with one set each of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Advanta is the presenting sponsor of the WTT Pro League and the official business credit card of World TeamTennis. Official WTT Pro League sponsors also include Bälle de Mätch, FirmGreen, Gatorade, GEICO and Wilson Racquet Sports. For more information on WTT, visit www.WTT.com.
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