NEW YORK, NY, July 08, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Another season of World TeamTennis action is about to begin at Sportime Randall's Island, as former world No. 1 Martina Hingis leads the NY Sportimes in their home opener on Tuesday, July 10, against the Springfield Lasers. The squad will compete in five home matches on Randall's Island and two at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., during the WTT regular season throughout the month.
The Sportimes schedule is highlighted by the July 19 matchup with the Boston Lobsters, in which Sportimes captain and Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe will battle Andre Agassi, in a match that also serves as a benefit for the Johnny Mac Tennis Project, McEnroe's not-for-profit foundation. McEnroe will compete on two other Sportimes home dates, July 24 vs. Boston in Troy and July 25 in the regular season finale vs. Washington at Randall's Island.
The complete Sportimes schedule at Randall's Island is as follows (all matches begin 7 p.m.):
July 10 Springfield Lasers (Sportimes - Martina Hingis)
July 13 Philadelphia Freedoms (Sportimes - Martina Hingis)
July 18 Philadelphia Freedoms (Sportimes - Martina Hingis)
July 19 Boston Lobsters (Sportimes - Hingis, McEnroe; Boston - Andre Agassi)
July 25 Washington Kastles (Sportimes - Hingis, McEnroe)
Home matches in Troy, N.Y., include (all matches begin 7:30 p.m.):
July 21 Washington Kastles (Sportimes - Hingis; Washington - Venus Williams)
July 24 Boston Lobsters (Sportimes - Hingis, McEnroe)
Special events on home dates include a pre-match and halftime "Glee" tribute concert by Class Act on July 10; pre-event attempt to set a Guinness World Record for most people bouncing a ball on their rackets on July 18; Niall O'Leary's Professional Dance Troupe on July 25; and on each home date, nightly promotions such as Shoot Out (Win What You Hit), Clock Your Serve and a bouncy house for kids.
Additionally, on all Randall's Island home match nights, the Sportimes will provide free bus service from Manhattan to the stadium. Pickups will begin at 4:15 p.m., from 86th & 3rd Avenue and 126th & Lexington, between 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Sportimes staff member will be on each corner to assist. Buses will also provide return service to both locations after the match ends.
In addition to marquee players Hingis and McEnroe, the Sportimes roster includes veterans Robert Kendrick, Jesse Witten and Ashley Harkleroad. Returning for his fifth year as coach is Chuck Adams.
Tickets for Sportimes matches are available by calling 888-WTT-NYC1 or by visiting http://www.nysportimes.com. For more information on matches in Troy, N.Y., visit http://www.NYSportimes.com/Albany or call 518-393-0440.
The 2012 WTT regular season runs from July 9-28, with the top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advancing to the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, September 14-16, at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C.
2012 Sportimes' partners include USTA Eastern Section, GEICO, USTA, Wilson, DecoTurf, Principal Funds, SPORTIME Clubs, Tennis.com, Arizon Tennis Domes, NY Orthopedics, and Randall's Island Park Alliance.
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