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VSD chats with World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva: Exciting Championship, Huge Ratings, Zero COVID

Not even Hollywood could script a better ending to the championship match in Sunday’s World TeamTennis finale.

It all played out in front of a live nationally-televised audience on CBS Television Network. With the match in Extended Play at 20-20 and at 6-all in the Super Tiebreaker (best of 13) the Empire’s Coco Vandeweghe ripped a Sloane Stephens serve with a forehand down the line that nicked the baseline, was reviewed by Hawk-Eye and signaled in. The Finals Female Most Valuable Player Vandeweghe embraced her partner Nicole Melichar as the rest of the Empire players and head coach Luke Jensen joined into the celebration.

Watch the highlight here:


Video courtesy of World TeamTennis | All rights reserved.

For Carlos Silva, CEO of World TeamTennis, it brings to an end a whirlwind season which forced leagues around the world to stay nimble as possible while navigating the perils of the sports coronavirus landscape.

But, unlike other leagues, World TeamTennis may have had their best season ever out of their 45-years in existence. Sunday’s championship game on CBS brought in 565,000 viewers, a WTT historical best. The previous viewership record for World TeamTennis was 484,000, also on CBS Television Network, which occurred on July 19 of the 2020 WTT regular season when the Washington Kastles, featuring Venus Williams, defeated the Vegas Rollers, led by Mike and Bob Bryan, 24-18.

That wasn’t the only victory for Silva and his team.

The league completed 822 COVID-19 tests of all players, coaches, trainers, WTT staff and media covering the three-and-a-half week season at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, all returning negative results for those participating in the event. In all, three COVID-19 tests were given: pre-arrival, arrival and midseason.

In the full video above, Silva, who at one point helmed the World Series of Poker, and oversaw its successful transition to a mixed martial arts powerhouse called the Professional Fighters League, joined Vegas Sports Daily to talk about their incredibly successful three weeks in West Virginia and what it means for the future of the league.

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