Rewriting sports history since 1974.
New Owners 2017
WTT team owners Mark Ein (Washington Kastles) and Fred Luddy (San Diego Aviators) purchase majority ownership of World TeamTennis from league co-founder Billie Jean King who will remain involved as a minority owner of the league and majority owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms franchise.
Back in the Big Apple 2016
WTT returns to New York City with the New York Empire.
The Kastles Era 2011-2015
- In 2011, the Washington Kastles completed the first undefeated season in WTT history (16-0), and won their 2nd WTT Championship with a victory over St. Louis Aces.
- One year later, the Kastles did it again. Led by Venus Williams, Washington edged Sacramento in the 2012 Finals to complete their second undefeated season and hoist the King Trophy for the third time in franchise history.
- Before winning their 3rd consecutive and 4th overall championship in 2013, the Kastles became the first league champion to be invited to the White House to meet with the President.
- Washington also rewrote the sports record books during the 2013 season by setting the mark of 34 consecutive wins (2011-2013), the longest streak in major pro sports league history. The previous mark of 33 consecutive wins was held by the NBA’s 1971-72 Lakers.
- In 2015, the Kastles set a league record of five consecutive championship titles (2011-15) surpassing the record they shared with the Sacramento Capitals (1997-2000).
Turning 40 2015
World TeamTennis becomes only the fifth U.S. pro sports league to reach the 40th season milestone, joining the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. WTT also introduces an on-court service clock.
Navratilova turns 20 2009
Martina Navratilova, playing for the Boston Lobsters in 2009, becomes the first player to play 20 seasons in WTT. Kim Clijsters comes out of retirement and makes her WTT debut for St. Louis in July 2009. Less than two months later, she returns to the pro tour and stuns the sports world by winning the US Open title.
Graf, Hingis Highlight 30th Season 2005
WTT celebrates its 30th anniversary and introduces instant replay to professional tennis competition. Stefanie Graf makes her return to pro tennis for the first time since 1999 to play WTT. Martina Hingis makes her WTT debut and leads the New York Sportimes to their first title. Hingis lost only one set during the 2005 season and was named MVP of the WTT Finals. Her WTT performance spurred the tennis great to make a successful return to the WTA Tour.
Ambassador Agassi 2002
Andre Agassi joined WTT as a player and League ambassador.
4-peat & Andy is a Hit 2000
Sacramento had an unprecedented four-peat, winning the title from 1997 to 2000. Seven years later, the Capitals becomes the first team in WTT history to win six championships with the 2007 title. A 17-year-old Andy Roddick breaks onto the pro scene and makes his WTT debut playing a full season for the Idaho Sneakers.
A New Name 1992
In line with the growing global popularity of the sport, the professional league is rebranded from TeamTennis to World TeamTennis.
Legends Sign On 1990
Ilana Kloss signs Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova to the League’s first multi-year marquee player contracts.
Commissioner King 1984
Billie Jean King becomes the first woman commissioner in pro sports history.
Following a brief hiatus, the league returns as TeamTennis.
First Set 1974
World TeamTennis, which was founded by Billie Jean King, Larry King, Fred Barman, Jordon Kaiser, Dennis Murphy and Frank Fuhrer, debuts as the inaugural season introduces professional team tennis competition to the sports landscape.
- Based on a concept of gender equity, WTT is also the first professional sports league to feature men and women on the same team. It is also the debut of WTT’s unique multi-colored court.
- The Denver Racquets defeat the Philadelphia Freedoms to win the first championship.
- League co-founder Billie Jean King is named as the League’s first MVP and is also the first woman to coach a team with male pros as the player-coach of the Freedoms.
- Among the first team owners was the Los Angeles Strings’ Jerry Buss, who went on to own the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. His daughter Jeanie became the team GM in 1981. Robert Kraft, current owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, became owner of the Boston Lobsters in 1975.
- On May 6, 1974, the first World TeamTennis match was played when the Philadelphia Freedoms hosted the Pittsburgh Triangles at the Spectrum. Philadelphia won 31-25.
- On May 9, 1974, WTT becomes the first regularly scheduled tennis serves coverage on HBO when the New York Sets take on the Pittsburgh Triangles.