Some of the world’s top tennis players will compete in Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) this year, and Philadelphia Freedoms fans will have a front row seat.
The Freedoms drafted world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday in the Mylan WTT Marquee Player Draft, bringing the Belarusian power back to the WTT spotlight for the first time since 2010, when she played for the Washington Kastles. Azarenka is scheduled to compete in one home match for the Freedoms.
“This is a landmark day for our franchise and our owner, Billie Jean King, as we bring such a world-class player as Vika Azarenka to Philadelphia,” Freedoms Senior Vice President and General Manager Barbara Perry said in a Freedoms release. “Vika will make the Freedoms a strong contender in the Mylan WTT League. We look forward to showcasing her amazing talent to our fans in the exciting, intimate atmosphere of the Villanova Pavilion.”
Azarenka’s pro career took off since her first WTT action in 2006, when she earned Female Rookie of the Year honors as a member of the Springfield Lasers. In seven years since, she’s won two Australian Open singles titles, ascended to the top of the WTA rankings and claimed two Olympic medals in London (gold in mixed doubles; bronze in singles).
Freedoms fans will also have a chance to see Andy Roddick in action when the Austin Aces visit the Villanova Pavilion. The former world No. 1 and Grand Slam champion will make his second consecutive WTT appearance in Philadelphia.
Team rosters, which are subject to change, will be completed during the Mylan WTT Roster Player Draft on Tuesday, March 11. The 39th season of WTT season begins Sunday, July 6 and runs through Wednesday, July 24. Schedules will be released in the spring.