World TeamTennis Welcomes Back Players AND FANS?!
With most of the sports world getting back into the swing of things, slowly but surely, World Team Tennis seems to be one of the few sports organizations looking to bring back their athletes AND their fans.
"World TeamTennis announced it has committed to play the entirety of its 45th season at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This will be the first major professional tennis league to resume operations since the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. The 2020 World TeamTennis season will showcase a 63-match regular season over 19 consecutive days from July 12-30, with the WTT Playoffs to follow on Aug. 1 (WTT Semifinals) and Aug. 2 (WTT Final). The top four teams from WTT’s regular-season standings will advance to the WTT Playoffs. CBS will air a regular-season match on July 19 and the WTT Final on August 2. CBS Sports Network will carry 13 regular season matches and both semifinals on August 1" - WTT.COM
The Greenbrier has a 2500 seat capacity for the players to participate in. According to the CDC and Health Guidelines, they will be able to fill out the stadium to a 20% capacity (500 fans). “The overwhelming feedback from our players is that they want to play WTT and are comfortable in doing so in a safe environment, which is our number one priority. West Virginia has among the nation’s fewest cases of COVID-19 and I’m grateful to The Greenbrier, the city of White Sulphur Springs, and Dr. Jill Justice for being so welcoming and allowing World TeamTennis to play on in 2020" - WTT CEO Carlos Silva.
Players that will participate in the season:
Sofia Kenin (Philadelphia Freedom)
Sloane Stephens (Chicago Smash)
Grigor Dimitrov (Orange County Breakers)
Sam Querrey (Vegas Rollers)
Mike and Bob Bryan (Vegas Rollers)
Tennys Sandgren (Orlando Storm)
Rajeev Ram (Chicago Smash)
Jean-Julien Rojer (Springfield Lasers)
Neal Skupski (New York Empire)
The WTT has also seen a significant increase in prize money compared to their 2019 season. It has increased to $5 million and an added $1,000,000 awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team hoisting the King Trophy.