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World-Champion Springfield Lasers 2020 Tennis Season Opens July 12

February 17, 2020 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Springfield Lasers News Release

Springfield, MO - The two-time world-champion Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Team has released its 2020 season schedule, which includes a busy first week at home.

The defending champions of the World TeamTennis league begin the season in Springfield Sunday, July 12, at Cooper Tennis Complex, and go on to play a total of five home matches that week. Two more home matches follow the next weekend.

World TeamTennis released the league's complete schedule Feb. 10, as well as unveiled a new team, the Chicago Smash. Chicago has had two previous teams in the league: the Chicago Aces, which played in 1974 and 1982, and the Chicago Fyre, which played 1983-1986. Chicago is now the Lasers' closest rival and the only other team and the Midwest. A total of nine teams now play in the league.

"We look forward to defending our title in the 2020 season," said Paul Nahon, Springfield Lasers General Manager. "It's exciting that the league continues to grow, and it's great to see World TeamTennis returning to Chicago."

Nahon said he is in the process of recruiting the team roster, including some returning stars from 2019. New this year, World TeamTennis launched free agency player recruitment, giving teams more flexibility to sign players, instead of the one-day player draft used in previous years. Recruiting is also challenging for all teams, due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games overlapping the World TeamTennis season.

The three-week World TeamTennis season includes seven home and seven away matches for the Lasers, including (home matches in bold):

Sun., July 12, Las Vegas at Springfield

Mon., July 13, Chicago at Springfield

Tues., July 14, Springfield at Chicago

Thurs., July 16, San Diego at Springfield

Fri., July 17, Orange County at Springfield

Sat., July 18, Washington at Springfield

Mon., July 20, Springfield at Las Vegas

Tues., July 21, Springfield at Orange County

Wed., July 22, Springfield at San Diego

Thurs., July 2,3 Springfield at San Diego

Sat., July 25, New York at Springfield

Sun., July 26, Orlando at Springfield

Tues., July 28, Springfield at Washington

Wed., July 29, Springfield at Philadelphia

Sat., Aug. 1 WTT Playoffs in Las Vegas

Sun., Aug. 2 WTT Finals in Las Vegas

All home matches begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian St., Springfield. VIP Season Tickets may be reserved now at Cooper Tennis Complex, 417-837-5800. Individual tickets go on sale this spring at SpringfieldLasers.com.

Springfield won its first King Trophy in 2018, after 23 years in the league and four previous trips to the championship final.

The Lasers won their second World TeamTennis Championship Aug. 3, 2019, seven weeks after the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup, and six months before the Kansas City Chiefs won the Superbowl, bringing three professional sports championship trophies home to Missouri within a single year.

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