world team tennis

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Emma Knightley, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. Emma Knightley

    Emma Knightley New User

    Mar 11, 2004
    can someone explain to me the concept of world team tennis? i recently learned that pat rafter was "drafted" by one of the teams. at the official website it says andy roddick is on the saint louis aces teams. when exactly are these tournaments played? how do pros have time for these tournaments? do they contribute any race points?
  2. BankOfDad

    BankOfDad New User

    Apr 9, 2004
    Here's what I found....

    World Team Tennis is a concept, devised by Billie Jean King, which came to fruition in the 1970's and has recently made somewhat of a comeback. World Team Tennis was at it's peak in the mid 1970's, with the likes of Evert, Connors, and Borg among its ranks. The concept gradually died for various reasons in the late 70's but has been revised in a scaled-down form.

    The basic Team Tennis concept is as follows: The Team Tennis franchise is similar to US baseball and football, where teams based in various US cities compete against one another. Unlike baseball and football, team members get paid based on their performance rather than a fixed amount.

    Bonuses are also awarded to playoff teams and to the award winners (Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year). In 1995, a rookie could earn up to $57,500 while a returning player could earn up to $53,500. Teams consist of two male and two female players plus a coach. Each team usually has one local player of each gender who serves as an alternate at home matches.

    There are two five-team divisions. Teams play two teams in the other division only once while playing home and away against the other seven teams, over a 4-week period following Wimbledon. The division winners, two wild card teams (teams having the best records among the remainder), and the Championship weekend host team square off in single-elimination playoffs at the end of this period. The champion for the season is the team surviving the single-elimination playoff tournament.

    A Team Tennis match consists of five sets: one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. The order of match play is doubles-singles-doubles-singles-doubles, with the coach of the host team determining the exact order of sets (e.g., women's doubles first). Prior to each set, a certain amount of time is allowed for player warm-ups. A change of sides occurs every fourth game after a set starts, rather than every odd game played.

    The scoring is "no-ad," meaning that 40-40 is a "game point" instead of deuce. If the set score reaches 5-5, a 9-point tie-break is played (first to 5 points with an advantage of only 1 point required) to determine the winner of the set. Match score is determined by total games won by a team, not by how many sets are won.

    At the close of the match, the team leading in games won must win the last game played to win the match. Otherwise, fifth-set play continues until this happens or until each team is equal in number of games won. In the latter case, a 13-point super tie-break is then played to determine the match winner.
  3. Deuce

    Deuce Banned

    Feb 13, 2004
    A not so parallel universe...
    Yeah, but do they still have the multi-colored courts?

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