The Philadelphia Freedoms played their 2013 season finale last night, hosting the New York Sportimes at Villanova University’s Pavilion.
In one of their most impressive wins of the year, the Freedoms cruised to a 20-11 win, giving home fans a treat while spoiling the Sportimes postseason hopes. Young American Brooke Austin, a high school senior to-be, was one of the saviors of the match. She teamed with Sam Groth for a 5-1 win over John McEnroe and Kveta Peschke.
Overcoming multiple player injuries and many close matches, the Freedoms ended their campaign with a 5-9 record. There were plenty of highlights throughout the season that kept fans on their feet, as Sam Groth smashed aces all season long, and visiting players at Villanova included former world No. 1s Andy Roddick and Martina Hingis.
Prior to Wednesday night’s match, longtime Sportimes player and tennis legend John McEnroe spoke to the media about his experience with World TeamTennis, the future of American tennis as a whole, and playing in Philadelphia.
“It’s a great sports town,” he said of Philadelphia. “It’s fun to be here and play in front of fans who have an interest in [tennis].”
McEnroe said he enjoys the unique format of World TeamTennis, which allows him to play shorter sets as a part of a team. It also gives him a chance to see a variety of players at numerous points in their career, and consistently look for the next American with the potential to break through.
He added comments about his hopes to play in years to come, and give back to the game by helping it grow in more markets.
“For the most part, my body can hold up pretty well, considering my age,” McEnroe said. “This sport has been good to me. It gave me a lot. I’d like to try to keep it going.”
Co-founded by Billie Jean King, Mylan World TeamTennis is America’s only professional co-ed team sport. After Wimbledon, WTT takes center stage in professional tennis. Tennis fans have the opportunity to watch world-class men and women professionals on the same team playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles in an exciting and unique format.
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