On Sunday afternoon at Sportime Stadium at Randalls Island, the New York Sportimes moved in to a first place tie with the Washington Kastles by defeating the Philadelphia Freedom, 24-15. With the win, the Sportimes improved to 5-1 on the season. Sunday was Junior Team Tennis Day at Sportime Stadium and all kids 14 and under were treated to great tennis and also received free tennis rackets to help get them started playing tennis.
As play began, there were two brief rain showers, but that didn't stop the players or fans from having a good time. Abigail Spears entertained the crowd by dancing with the ball kids and the opposing team, as well as demonstarting some very impressive juggling skills. The scene was part of the essence of World TeamTennis. It is a laid back atmosphere with fan interaction, music and is a great way for the New York tennis fan to spend an afternoon.
When play was able to resume, the Sportimes wasted no time in taking control.
In men's doubles, Robert Kendrick & Jesse Witten defeated Ramon Delgado & Prakash Amritraj, 5-4. Next up was women's doubles, where Ashley Harkelroad & Abigail Spears defeated Courtney Nagle & Noppawon Lertcheewakarn, 5-2, to give the Sportimes a commanding 10-6 lead and they didn't look back.
The Sportimes swept the singles matches as Robert Kendrick defeated Prakash Amritraj, 5-3 and Abigail Spears stayed undefeated in singles play with a 5-1 victory over Noppawon Lertcheewakarn. The only hiccup for the Sportimes came in mixed-doubles where Kendrick & Spears lost to Courtney Nagle & her partner, Amritraj, 3-5.
The Sportimes home season will really heat up this coming week. Tonight, they take on the Springfield Lasers in a match that begins at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday night, Andy Roddick will join the Philadelphia Freedom roster as they return to Randalls Island for a rematch with the Sportimes, who will be led by John McEnroe ... a matchup you won't want to miss between two legends who will be sure to entertain the crowd.
On Thursday, the Washington Kastles, led by Coach Murphy Jensen will visit Randalls Island to face the Sportimes. And next Monday, three stars will be center stage at Sportime Stadium as Kim Clijsters and John McEnroe will lead New York in a matchup against former world number one Martina Hingis.
Long Island Tennis Magazine is scheduled to be on hand at all of these matches, distributing free magazines to all in attendence and we hope to see all of our readers there too supporting great professional tennis in New York. The Sportimes are offering a special two for one ticket opportunity to Long Island Tennis Magzine readers. To take advantage of this offer, call (212) 792-8500 or visit www.nysportimes.com and mention that you read about this deal.
Photos courtesy of Kenneth B Goldberg
Courtney Nagle of the Philadelphia Freedoms in mixed-doubles action at Sportime Stadium
Jesse Witten of the New York Sportimes
Abigail Spears of the Sportimes entertains the crowd during the rain delay with her break dancing routine
Coach Craig Kardon with members of the Philadelphia Freedoms: Prakash Amritraj, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Ramon Delgado and Courtney Nagle
Robert Kendrick of the Sportimes during match play
Ramon Delgado & Prakash Amritraj of the Freedoms in double's action st Sportime Stadium
Abigail Spears & Ashley Harkleroad of the New York Sportimes in women's doubles action at Sportime Stadium
Noppawon Lertcheewakarn of the Freedoms in her match against Abigail Spears of the Sportimes