World TeamTennis Adds Stars Tiafoe, Puig, Raonic, Bouchard, & Sock as Rosters Set for 2020
June 16, 2020 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release
World TeamTennis has added several prominent tennis stars to an already jam-packed lineup of roster players set to compete during the 45th season, taking place at The Greenbrier "America's Resort" in West Virginia.
WTT has announced that each player will play the entire three-week regular season, scheduled for July 12-30, with the WTT Semifinals (Aug. 1) and WTT Final (Aug. 2) to follow.
American star Frances Tiafoe, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, three-time Grand Slam doubles champion Jack Sock and two former Wimbledon singles finalists from Canada - Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard - will all play this season, joining previously announced players such as reigning Australian Open singles champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens and Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, tennis' all-time winningest doubles team. In addition, six-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters will join U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish playing for the New York Empire in 2020.
"I can't wait for the WTT season to start," Tiafoe said. "I've played WTT for the last three years on the Kastles for some of their home matches in D.C. I'm excited to go to The Greenbrier to play there for the Kastles next month. Everyone knows 2020 has been a rough year so far. I am definitely looking forward to competing at such an historic venue in such a relaxed setting."
Added Stephens: "I've played WTT for, I think, six years now, and it's always something I look forward to. Especially this year. I know we all miss playing tennis and seeing our friends on the tour, so I'm excited to get to The Greenbrier and get in that environment again. WTT always does such a great job with creating a fun, but competitive, season so I'm ready for that. Plus, I'm playing on Chicago's team, which is cool because Kamau (Murray) is the coach, so that will be fun."
Kenin, the 21-year-old Floridian who currently sits at a career-high No. 4 singles ranking in the world, will play for the Philadelphia Freedoms. Kenin could potentially match up against six-time Grand Slam winner and past World No. 1 Kim Clijsters when the Freedoms take on the New York Empire on July 15. The International Tennis Hall of Famer Clijsters is making a return to professional tennis this season following her retirement in 2012.
"Our player rosters are the strongest we've ever fielded for a WTT season and include players with multiple Grand Slam titles," WTT CEO Carlos Silva said. "We have a sampling of current stars like Sloane (Stephens), Sofia (Kenin), Vegas Rollers teammates Sam Querrey and Mike and Bob Bryan, as well as a look at tennis' future impact players with Brandon Nakashima and Caty McNally as well as tennis greats like Kim (Clijsters) and Mardy Fish. Tennis fans are starving to see some great action on the courts and that's what we plan to deliver all season."
World TeamTennis' schedule will include at least three matches per day at Center Court at Creekside, The Greenbrier's outdoor stadium. Fans can purchase tickets at WTTTickets.com.
The Vegas Rollers' will feature 2017 Wimbledon semifinalist Querrey and the Bryan Brothers. Two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren will play for the Orlando Storm while doubles specialists Rajeev Ram (Chicago Smash), 2019 WTT Finals MVP Robert Lindstedt (Springfield Lasers) and brothers Neal Skupski (New York Empire) and Ken Skupski (Orlando Storm) return this season.
In addition, the San Diego Aviators will boast three past Grand Slam doubles champions in Coco Vandeweghe (2018 US Open), Ryan Harrison (2017 French Open) and Nicole Melichar (2018 Wimbledon). Two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Collins (Virginia in 2014, 2016) will play for Orlando and two-time NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson (with USC in 2011-2012) will lead the Orange County Breakers.
The following are the player rosters and coaches for the 2020 WTT season:
Brandon Nakashima, Sloane Stephens, Evan King, Genie Bouchard, Rajeev Ram
Coach: Kamau Murray
New York Empire
Mardy Fish, Jack Sock, Sabine Lisicki, Neal Skupski, Kveta Peschke, Kim Clijsters
Coach: Luke Jensen
Orange County Breakers
Steve Johnson, Luke Bambridge, Andreja Klepac, Milos Raonic.
Coach: Rick Leach
James Ward, Danielle Collins, Ken Skupski, Darija Jurak, Tennys Sandgren.
Coach: Jay Gooding
Donald Young, Taylor Townsend, Fabrice Martin, Caroline Dolehide, Sofia Kenin.
Coach: Craig Kardon
San Diego Aviators
Ryan Harrison, Christina McHale, Jonny O'Mara, Nicole Melichar, Coco Vandeweghe.
Coach: John Lloyd
Mitchell Krueger, Olga Govortsova, Robert Lindstedt, Hayley Carter, Jean-Julien Rojer, Caty McNally.
Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager
Sam Querrey, Kristie Ahn, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Asia Muhammad, Monica Puig.
Coach: Tim Blenkiron
Marcelo Arevalo, Bernarda Pera, Nick Monroe, Arina Rodionova, Frances Tiafoe.
Coach: Robby Ginepri
All of WTT's 2020 regular season and playoff matches will be televised on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel or the ESPN family of networks. In addition, select matches will be live-streamed on ESPN+, Facebook Watch or WTT.com. World TeamTennis' complete season broadcast schedule will be announced on WTT.com at a later date.
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