is a coed professional tennis
league played with a unique team format in the United States
. Each match consists of five sets. Each set features a different configuration (men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles). Coaches, before the match, decide the order in which the sets will be played. Each player on a team usually plays in at least one of the five sets.
The league's season normally takes place in the summer months. Players from the ATP
take a break from their tour schedules to partake in World TeamTennis.
The World Team Tennis (WTT) Professional Tennis league was founded in 1973 by four people: Larry King
(Owner of San Francisco Golden Gaters), Dennis Murphy
(founder of the World Hockey Association
), Fred Barman
, and Jordan Kaiser
. The league began play in May 1974 with George MacCall
as Commissioner of the 16 teams: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Hawaii, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.
The original league format included a four colored tennis court, a 44 contest season, and teams of at least two men and two women. A match consisted of the first player or team to win five games, with a nine point tiebreaker at four all, and no-ad scoring in: women’s singles and doubles, men’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. This made WTT the first professional sports league to give... Read More