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Get To Know The 2014 Philadelphia Freedoms

Prep for the Philadelphia Freedoms season by getting to know the roster.

 

Tennis: U.S. Open 2013Victoria Azarenka

Hometown: Minsk, Belarus

Career highlights: 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion, bronze medalist in singles at 2012 Olympic games, and gold medalist in mixed.

Pre-match routine (music or superstitions): Music (lots of dancing)

Best tennis memory: Winning the bronze medal and gold medal for my country.

Favorite post-match snack: Shakes

Most random item in your tennis bag: Perfume

 

2Credit Kyle Clapham-Tennis CanadaFrank Dancevic

Hometown: Niagara Falls, Canada

Career highlights: Two-time ATP World Tour singles finalist – Indianapolis and Eastbourne; winner of seven ATP Challenger singles titles; playing in the 2013 Davis Cup; helped Canada defeat top-seeded Spain in the first round and our team became the first in our country’s history to reach the World Group semifinals.

Pre-match routine (music or superstitions): If I win a match I do the same routine every day for the rest of the week, including same meals and daily routine.

Best tennis memory: My best tennis memory was winning my first ever tournament when I was 10 years old. I remember my opponent got down on his knees in the middle of the match and started praying. I thought it was funny.

Favorite post-match snack: This is random but I like to munch on raisins.

Most random item in your tennis bag: A fishing lure

 

2013 Mylan/WTT Smash Hits presented by GeicoVicky Duval

Hometown: Bradenton, Florida

Career highlights: Qualifying at the 2013 US Open and beating Sam Stosur

Pre-match routine: Listening to music, sometimes reading

Best tennis memory: Playing doubles with Venus at Mylan WTT Smash Hits, playing Kim Clijsters on Ashe

Post-match favorite snack: Cookies and cream shake

Most random item in my tennis bag: Stuffed animal (whale)

 

2013 Mylan World Team TennisLiezel Huber

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Career highlights: Reaching world No. 1. That was a huge highlight for me. Above that and winning majors, the biggest highlight for me was becoming a U.S. citizen and representing the country that’s given so much to me. And becoming a mother.

Pre-match routine (music or superstitions): My pre-match superstition is really just being prepared. I take five or so minutes for myself to get in the zone. I envision what I’m going to feel like playing the first point, when it’s 3-all, if I’m down a break, or if it’s match point. It’s really about getting my mind ready. I also like to have my tank full when I get out there.

Best tennis memory: Winning the US Open with Lisa Raymond. It was amazing winning it with a fellow American. And it was on 9/11, so it meant so much to us and the fans that Americans could bring it home.

Favorite post-match snack: A USANA nuts and berry bar is definitely my favorite snack. But that’s pre-match. Post-match, I like to drink a meal replacement shake. It is chocolate flavored, so I can almost down it.

Most random item in your tennis bag: A bag of hair elastics and hair brushes. It’s not because my hair is important. I have it for myself and other players if they need it. You might also find a pacifier in there!

 

TENNIS: Davis Cup USA vs BrazilMarcelo Melo

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Career highlights: Wimbledon doubles finals (2013); Shanghai Masters 1000 Doubles Champion (2013); US Open doubles semifinals (2013); London ATP World Tour Finals doubles semifinals (2013); French Open Mixed Doubles finals (2009).

Pre-match routine (music or superstitions): None

Best tennis memory: Playing in the 2013 Wimbledon doubles final on Centre Court

Favorite post-match snack: Light sandwich or pasta.

Most random item in your tennis bag: Perfume

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