For Immediate Release
Springfield Lasers 2011 Schedule Announced
The Springfield, Mo. Lasers professional tennis team will host seven home matches this 2011 season of the World TeamTennis Pro League presented by GEICO, with a special Springfield visit by rising tennis player Melanie Oudin (pronounced Ooh-Dan) on Saturday, July 16.
Tickets for the Melanie Oudin home match are now ONLY available by buying 2011 Lasers season tickets. Individual tickets for all home matches will be available Monday, May 23. Season tickets are $65 for grand stand and $135 for chair-back, and can be purchased online now at www.springfieldlasers.com.
Career highlight information for Philadelphia Freedoms' Melanie Oudin is available at: www.wtt.com/playerspage.aspx.
The 2011 WTT Pro League schedule includes 66 matches in 9 markets, beginning July 4 and running through July 22. The Eastern and Western Conference Champions will battle for the WTT Championship title on July 24.
Springfield Lasers team roster will be finalized at the WTT Roster Draft at 11 a.m. CST, Tuesday, March 15 on WTT.com.
Springfield Lasers 2011 schedule (home matches in bold):
Monday, July 4 – Philadelphia Freedoms @ Springfield Lasers
Wednesday, July 6 – Newport Beach Breakers @ Springfield Lasers
Friday, July 8 – Washington Kastles @ Springfield Lasers
Saturday, July 9 – Kansas City Explorers @ Springfield Lasers
Sunday, July 10 – Springfield Lasers @ St. Louis Aces (Lindsay Davenport)
Tuesday, July 12 – Springfield Lasers @ Boston Lobsters (John Isner)
Wednesday, July 13 – Boston Lobsters @ Springfield Lasers
Thursday, July 14 – Springfield Lasers @ Washington Kastles
Friday, July 15 – Springfield Lasers @ New York Sportimes (John McEnroe/Martina Hingis)
*Saturday, July 16 – Philadelphia Freedoms (Melanie Oudin) @ Springfield Lasers
Sunday, July 17 – Springfield @ Kansas City Explorers
Tuesday, July 19 – Sacramento @ Springfield Lasers
Wednesday, July 20 – Springfield Lasers @ Newport Beach Breakers
Thursday, July 21 – Springfield Lasers @ Sacramento Capitals
Friday, July 22 – WTT Western Conference Championships – Location TBD
Friday, July 22 – WTT Eastern Conference Championships – Location TBD
Sunday, July 24 - WTT Finals presented by GEICO – Location TBD
All Lasers home matches are played at the 2,500-seat outdoor Mediacom Tennis Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian St. In the event of inclement weather, matches are moved indoors.
In 2010, the Lasers were WTT Western Conference Champions with a 10-4 record. In 2009, the team had a perfect 8-0 record at home (ties WTT record), were the WTT Western Conference Champions and WTT Championship Finalists.
The World Team Tennis (WTT) Pro League presented by GEICO showcases the best in professional team tennis with the innovative coed team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. The WTT Pro League has featured virtually every major champion of the Open era over the League's past 35 seasons.
Official WTT Pro League sponsors for the 2011 season include Acura, DecoTurf, GEICO and Wilson Racquet Sports. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis. WTT and the USTA are teaming up on number of initiatives, including development of the youth market through junior team tennis programs.
For more information, media call: Tom Adams, Lasers General Manager, 417-864-1339; Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176 or 417-839-2005.