Coming off an outstanding 2010 campaign in which they advanced to the World TeamTennis Finals, the New York Sportimes have announced their 2011 schedule, with seven home matches in July, including five at Sportime Randall’s Island Tennis Center in Manhattan and two at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany. Sportimes Marquee Players John McEnroe, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters will compete in several matches, while visiting teams' stars will include Anna Kournikova, Lindsay Davenport and Bob & Mike Bryan.
Hingis, who competed last year for the Albany‐based New York Buzz, is scheduled for all seven home dates, beginning with the Sportimes home opener against Boston on Randall's Island on Wednesday, July 6. McEnroe will play in home matches on Thursday, July 14 versus Philadelphia, and Friday, July 15 versus Springfield, both at Sportime Stadium, while Clijsters will play on Tuesday, July 19 vesus Washington in Albany, and Wednesday, July 20 versus Washington at Sportime Stadium.
The schedule also includes a home date at Sportime Stadium versus St. Louis on Monday, July 11, which features Hingis for the Sportimes, and both Kournikova and Davenport for the Aces, as well as a match with Kansas City on Monday, July 18, featuring the Bryan brothers in Albany. Home matches at Sportime Stadium begin at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Friday July 15, which will start at 2:00 p.m., while first serve for the Albany events is 7:30 p.m.
“Our schedule is outstanding as it will feature a season of number ones," said SPORTIMES General Manager John Dato. "McEnore, Clijsters and Hingis have been number one in the world, as well as visiting players Davenport, Kournikova (in doubles with Hingis) and the Bryan Brothers. With at least one marquee player–and often more–on each date, we know that Sportimes fans are looking forward to another great season.”
The full 2011 roster and coach for the Sportimes will be named shortly. Promotional events on each home date will also be announced. Player appearances are subject to change. The Sportimes won the WTT Eastern Conference title last year with a 9‐5 record and won their semifinal match against Boston before falling in the WTT Finals to Kansas City.
Tickets for SPORTIME matches are available by calling (888) WTT‐NYC1 or by visiting www.nysportimes.com. For more information on matches in Albany, visit www.nysportimes.com/albany or call (518) 378‐2899.
2011 Sportimes Home Schedule
►July 6 (Randall's Island) Boston Lobsters at 7:00 p.m. (Sportimes: Martina Hingis)
►July 11 (Randall's Island) St. Louis Aces at 7:00 p.m. (Sportimes: Martina Hingis and St. Louis: Anna Kournikova and Lindsay Davenport)
►July 14 (Randall's Island) Philadelphia Freedoms at 7:00 p.m. (Sportimes: John McEnroe)
►July 15 (Randall's Island) Springfield Lasers at 2:00 p.m. (Sportimes: John McEnroe and Martina Hingis)
►July 18 (Albany) Kansas City Explorers at 7:30 p.m. (Sportimes: Martina Hingis and Kansas City: Bob & Mike Bryan)
►July 19 (Albany) Washington Kastles at 7:30 p.m. (Sportimes: Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters)
►July 20 (Randall's Island) Washington Kastles at 7:00 p.m. (Sportimes: Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters)
2011 Sportimes Away Schedule
►July 5 at Boston Lobsters at 7:00 p.m.
►July 7 at Philadelphia Freedoms, 7:00 p.m.
►July 8 at Sacramento Capitals, 7:30 p.m. PDT
►July 9 at Newport Beach Breakers (Pete Sampras) at 7:15 p.m.
►July 12 at Washington Kastles (Sportimes: McEnroe) at 7:00 p.m.
►July 13 at Philadelphia Freedoms (Sportimes: McEnroe and Philadelphia: Melanie Oudin) at 7:00 p.m.
►July 16 at Kansas City Explorers (Explorers: Bob & Mike Bryan) at 7:30 p.m. CDT
The 2011 regular season runs from July 4‐21, with the top two teams in both the Western and Eastern Conferences advancing to the WTT Conference Championships on July 22. The WTT Finals, presented by GEICO, will be held Sunday, July 24. 2011 Sportimes’ partners include host sponsor USTA Eastern Section, ACURA, GEICO, Pershing Capital, Principal Funds, Sportime Clubs, PowerAde, Deuce Brand, Zurita Architects and Lippolis Electric.