Thursday, July 08, 2010

Freedoms begin play on Thursday

The Philadelphia Freedoms will begin their 10th consecutive season of World TeamTennis presented by Geico versus Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles at their new home in the intimate and air-conditioned Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University on Thursday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The Freedom’s opening night celebration, sponsored by Beneficial Bank, is highlighted by the return of Venus Williams who was a member of the 2009 Freedoms roster. Williams, currently the 4th-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, will also be promoting her new book “Come to Win” earlier in the day at the Center City Borders location and will take time prior to the match to teach a clinic for youth tennis players at Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education in East Falls.

Also making a Philadelphia-area appearance this season will be Serena Williams, who won her second consecutive Wimbledon title on July 3. She makes her triumphant return to Philadelphia from the grass courts of the All-England Club on Tuesday, July 13 to take on the The four-time Wimbledon champion will also provide some championship tennis insight to area-youth as she hosts a clinic for students at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square that afternoon.

Andy Roddick, the 2003 US Open Men’s Singles Champion and 9th-ranked men’s player in the world, makes his debut as a member of the Freedoms on Thursday, July 15 at 7 p.m. The first 200 fans through the doors of the Pavilion will receive a Benenficial Bank Tennis Ball.

Other highlights of the Freedoms home schedule include Philadelphia Inquirer Billie Jean King Kids Night on Monday, July 12, Girls’ and Guys’ Night Out featuring an appearance by Anna Kournikova of the St. Louis Aces on Tuesday, July 20, and Fan Appreciation Night, highlighted by the return of Martina Hingis on Wednesday, July 21. All matches other than the home opener begin at 7 p.m.

Individual match tickets are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX online at, by phone at 1-800-298-4200. All seats are reserved. Season tickets can be reserved now by calling 610-896-2890.

Freedoms matches at the Pavilion feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format.  Each evening will include exciting pre-match Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.

Monday, July 5                    Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Buzz
Tuesday, July 6                    Philadelphia Freedoms at Washington Kastles
Thursday, July 8                  Washington Kastles (Venus Williams) at Philadelphia Freedoms            
Friday, July 9                        New York Sportimes (Ashley Harkleroad) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Sunday, July 11                    Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Sportimes
Monday, July 12                  Boston Lobsters at Philadelphia Freedoms
Tuesday, July 13                  Washington Kastles (Serena Williams) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 14            Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Sportimes
Thursday, July 15                Boston Lobsters at Philadelphia Freedoms (Roddick)
Friday, July 16                      Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Buzz
Saturday, July 18                  Philadelphia Freedoms at Sacramento Capitals
Tuesday, July 20                  St. Louis Aces (Kournikova) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Wednesday, July 21            New York Buzz (Hingis) at Philadelphia Freedoms
Thursday, July 22                Philadelphia Freedoms at Kansas City Explorers

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