CARLSBAD, Calif. (May 21, 2019) – World TeamTennis combines the bright lights of glitzy Las Vegas with its largest collection of star power ever for a 2019 early-season match-up between the Philadelphia Freedoms, featuring Franchise players Grigor Dimitrov and Danielle Collins, and the Vegas Rollers, bolstered by Bob and Mike Bryan, Sam Querrey and Monica Puig, broadcast live on CBS on July 21 from 4-6 p.m. ET/1-3 p.m. PT at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Additionally, CBS Sports Network will televise 15 matches live during the WTT season, July 14-Aug. 3.
“World TeamTennis is proud to showcase six of the league’s Franchise players during the broadcast debut with our new television partner, CBS Sports,” said WTT CEO Carlos Silva. “With top players, two new teams and our new broadcast partner, WTT is strong and growing, and proud to provide what should be a great Sunday of tennis on CBS from Las Vegas.”
CBS Sports is the official television broadcast partner of WTT. Veteran commentator Andrew Catalon will handle CBS Sports’ play-by-play of WTT’s Philadelphia-Vegas match on July 21. The match broadcast team will also include Nick Gismondi, Olivia Dekker, LZ Granderson, and renowned fitness and lifestyle expert and tennis fan Shaun T, who will serve as an on-court reporter.
The visiting Freedoms will showcase Dimitrov, an eight-time ATP Tour winner and seven-time finalist, and Collins, who is an up-and-coming American on the WTA Tour and reached the semifinals in January’s Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam tournament.
The Rollers are one of two expansion franchises to the eight-team WTT in 2019, along with the Orlando Storm. Suiting up for Vegas are the Bryan brothers, who have teamed up to win 114 ATP doubles titles, 16 Grand Slam doubles championships (six Australian Opens, five U.S. Opens, three at Wimbledon and two French Opens) and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal. At 41, Mike Bryan remains the world’s top-ranked doubles player. He and his twin brother, Bob, have won the most professional tennis matches, tournaments and Grand Slams in tennis history, and held the World No. 1 ranking together for longer than any doubles duo. They have held the year-end No. 1 ranking a record 10 times.
Teaming with the Bryans for Vegas are 10-time ATP singles champion Sam Querrey, a 2017 Wimbledon singles semifinalist and Las Vegas resident, and Puerto Rican Monica Puig, who won the 2016 Gold Medal at the Rio Summer Olympics.
The day-by-day match schedule for WTT’s 44th season, with all Franchise player appearances, can be found at www.wtt.com/schedule. WTT previously announced its 59-match regular season – seven home matches and seven away matches for each team – in 2019.
The 2019 WTT playoffs, to be hosted by Orleans Arena (at The Orleans Hotel and Casino) in Las Vegas, begin with the league’s semifinals on Aug. 2 and conclude with the WTT Finals on Aug. 3.
WTT introduced professional team tennis to the world in 1974, with Billie Jean King famously serving as its co-founder. WTT is one of five active U.S. pro sports leagues which has been in operation for over 40 years, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. For more information on World TeamTennis, please visit www.wtt.com.
CBS Sports television listing for July 21, 2019
World TeamTennis (WTT) – Philadelphia Freedoms at Vegas Rollers, 4-6 p.m. ET/1-3 p.m. PT (CBS)
Featuring Franchise players Grigor Dimitrov (PHI), Danielle Collins (PHI), Bob & Mike Bryan (VEG), Monica Puig (VEG) and Sam Querrey (VEG)
About “World TeamTennis” (WTT)
World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the world leader in professional team tennis competition, WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King. Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Naomi Osaka. Owned by innovator Fred Luddy and entrepreneur Eric Davidson, WTT’s 44th season plays from July 14 to July 31, with the league semifinals set for Aug. 2 and the finals Aug. 3. CBS Sports is the official television broadcast partner of WTT. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis on the history page.
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