July 03, 2013

Media Advisory

Media credentialing for Springfield Lasers

The Springfield Lasers face the Boston Lobsters Monday, July 8, at the Lasers’ first home match of the 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League season. The match begins at 7:05 p.m. at Mediacom Tennis Stadium, in Cooper Tennis Complex, 2231 E. Pythian.

Media credentialing takes place Monday, July 8, 4-6 p.m. at the will-call window of Cooper Tennis Complex. If your organization is not able to pick up credentials at this time, please call Jenny Fillmer Edwards at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510 to make special arrangements.

All members of the media MUST wear Springfield Lasers media credentials to enter Cooper Tennis Complex prior to and during the Springfield Lasers’ seven home matches. Only working members of the media may use these credentials. No friends or family will be admitted without tickets.

Each year after Wimbledon, Mylan WTT takes center stage in professional tennis, with some of the world’s best men and women playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles in an exciting and unique format.

Three special marquee player visits highlight the Springfield Lasers 2013 home season. Former No. 1 Andy Roddick plays with the Springfield Lasers Friday, July 12. Sloane Stephens, who reached the women’s singles quarterfinals this month at Wimbledon, appears with the Philadelphia Freedoms Saturday, July 20. Sam Querrey, currently ranked No. 19 in singles, appears with the Sacramento Capitals Tuesday, July 23.

The Springfield Lasers 2013 team includes:

Andy Roddick

Playing his sixth season of WTT, and his first season with the Springfield Lasers. Roddick reached the world No. 1 singles ranking in 2003, the same year he won the US Open. He reached the finals of a Grand Slam four different times and has won 32 Tour level singles titles, including five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. He finished in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for nine straight years (2002-2010). In May 2013, Roddick joined the WTT ownership group, along with Venus Williams.

Vania King

Played for the Springfield Lasers in 2009, helping the Lasers reach the Championship Final and named 2009 League MVP. Since then, this 24-year-old American has won doubles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open (2010), was a finalist at the US Open (2011), and, last year, reached the third round at the Australian Open in singles. A member of US Fed Cup team 2006-2011, this is her fourth season with WTT. Reached her career high ranking of No. 3 in doubles in June, 2011.

Alisa Kleybanova

Returning to pro tennis after a two-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the 23-year-old Russian makes her WTT debut with the Springfield Lasers. Kleybanova has reached the fourth rounds at the Australian Open (2009) and Wimbledon (2008) and captured two singles and five doubles titles. After sitting out of most of the last two years, Kleybanova is ready to reclaim her career-high doubles No. 20 and singles No. 10, both set in February 2011.

Jean-Julien Rojer

Played WTT with the St. Louis Aces in 2011, helping take the team to the finals and named Male Rookie of the Year. Rojer, 31, from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, reached the third round in doubles at Wimbledon this month. He was a doubles finalist in Marseille and reached the doubles round of 16 at the Australian Open earlier this year. In 2011, he won doubles titles at the Estoril Open and Malaysian Open, and advanced to doubles semifinals at the Australian Open and the doubles finals in Memphis. This is his first season with the Springfield Lasers. He reached his career high ranking of No. 6 in doubles his May.

Rik De Voest

Returning for his fifth season of WTT and his fourth with the Springfield Lasers, where he was named Male Rookie of the Year in 2005. He was also named MVP at the WTT Championships weekend in 2007. De Voest has earned 37 doubles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour. He reached the San Jose doubles quarterfinals earlier this year. From Pretoria, South Africa, now living in Vancouver, Canada, De Voest plays for Coach JL de Jager’s South African Davis Cup team. He reached his career high ranking of No. 39 in 2009.

All matches begin at 7:05 p.m. local time. The Springfield Lasers season includes (home matches in bold):

Complete bios and stats on all Springfield Lasers team members may be found at www.wtt.com, www.itftennis.com, www.wtatennis.com or www.atpworldtour.com .

For media inquiries, call Bob Belote, Lasers Ownership Representative, at 417-864-1049; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.