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Freedoms Kick Off the 2012 World TeamTennis Season

The Philadelphia Freedoms 2012 season kicks off tonight at the Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University. There are still great tickets available for all matches, including tonight’s contest against Sacramento, featuring former Top 10 player James Blake playing for the Freedoms. Below is a schedule of home matches this season, and some of the exciting events going on at the Pavilion.

Tuesday, July 10 – vs. Sacramento Capitals

Tonight’s season-opening match features former World No. 4, James Blake. It is the first time Blake will play World TeamTennis for the Freedoms, and his seventh WTT season overall. Blake has represented the United States in Davis Cup, winning 10 career ATP titles along the way. He also reached the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Wednesday, July 11 – vs. Boston Lobsters

The Freedoms are back in action for the second night in a row. Join Middle States as we celebrate USTA League Tennis. Prior to the start of the match from 5:30-7 p.m., USTA League players can enjoy refreshments and a free gift from Middle States. USTA League players should use offer code MSLEAGUE when purchasing tickets for $10 off each lower-level ticket.

Saturday, July 14 – vs. Springfield Lasers

This match is all about showcasing the heart of the Freedoms roster. Fans will be will be seeing double at home games this summer, as the Freedoms roster features a pair of Czech Republic twins, Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova. Right-handed Karolina won the Australian Open junior title in 2010 and has six ITF singles titles. She is currently ranked No. 119 in the world. Her left-handed twin sister, Kristyna, won the 2010 Wimbledon junior title. The Freedoms roster also includes a pair of World TeamTennis new comers, Luka Gregorc and Jordan Kerr. At Wimbledon in 2009, Gregorc became the first male Slovenian player to qualify for a Grand Slam. Kerr, a native of Australia and a former Olympian, has played in 13 Australian Opens.

Monday, July 16 – vs. Kansas City Explorers

July 16 is USTA Jr. Team Tennis Night. USTA JTT players should use code USTAJTT for $3 off any ticket and a photo opportunity with Bob and Mike Bryan of the visiting Kansas City Explorers. The Bryan Brothers are currently ranked No. 3 in the world in doubles. They have 78 career doubles titles, an all-time record, and 11 doubles Grand Slam titles.

Thursday, July 19 – vs. Orange County Breakers

Kids – now it is your turn to get in on the action! USTA Middle States will host a WTT Play Day for players 10 and under prior to the start of the match from 3:30-5 p.m. at Radnor High School, just a five minute drive from the Pavilion. The cost is $15/player and includes dinner, a ticket to the Freedoms match, t-shirt, medal, player gift and a special appearance by Freedoms mascot, Spirit. Register here.

Friday, July 20 – vs. New York Sportimes

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Martina Hingis are in town when the Freedoms host the visiting New York Sportimes.

Wednesday, July 25 – vs. Boston Lobsters

The final Freedoms home match of the regular season features Australian veteran, Mark Philippoussis, playing for Philadelphia. Philippoussis is a former world Top 10 player, having reached a career high ranking of No. 8 in 1999. He holds 11 singles and three doubles titles.

Click here to purchase tickets.

USTA Middle States is a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Freedoms. Prior to the start of every home match, Middle States will set up 10 and Under Tennis courts for young players looking to get in on the fun. Fans can also start or renew their USTA membership at the matches by visiting the Middle States booth. Join or renew a  1-year membership at the match and receive a USTA picture frame.

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