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WTT Finals Return To Charleston

January 5, 2012 10:04 AM
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In 2012 the World TeamTennis Finals are returning to Charleston. WTT officials announced Jan. 4 that the Family Circle Tennis Center in Charleston, S.C., will once again host the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO, September 14-16, 2012.
 
"We are very excited to host the World TeamTennis Finals Weekend for a second consecutive year," said Bob Moran, General Manager, Family Circle Tennis Center.  "Charleston is the perfect getaway destination for this world class tennis event."
 
Within the next couple months the teams will begin to put together their 2012 lineups together with the WTT Marquee Player Draft.  Teams draft in reverse order of their 2011 finish, with defending champion Washington Kastles selecting last in the Draft. 
 
The WTT Pro League will begin its 37th season presented by GEICO for the "Road to Charleston". The regular season starts its action, July 9-28. With WTT’s gender-balanced team concept, each team is comprised of two men, two women and a coach.  Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
 
The top two teams from the Eastern and Western Conference advance to Charleston for the WTT Finals Weekend.  The Conference Championship matches will be Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, with the winners facing off in the WTT Finals on Sunday, Sept. 16.  
 
The WTT Finals Weekend is the conclusion of three weeks of intense coed team tennis competition featuring some of the biggest names in the WTT Pro League such as Venus and Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis, James Blake, John Isner and the world’s top-ranked doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan. The League is a showcase for three generations of tennis standouts, including legends, current tour players and up-and-coming tennis pros.
 
In 2011, the Washington Kastles made WTT history in Charleston by completing the first undefeated season and winning their second King Trophy, named after WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The WTT Finals Weekend will also feature a national grassroots WTT Recreational League event.
 
Tickets for the WTT Finals Weekend presented by GEICO go on sale during the Family Circle Cup, scheduled March 31 – April 8, 2012.  Weekend packages will range from $45 to $150, as well as, single session tickets $15-$50.  Tickets will be available through the Family Circle Tennis Center Box Office at (800) 677-2293 or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.FamilyCircleTennisCenter.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.
 
The extended break between the end of the regular season and the WTT Finals will allow many of WTT's players to compete in the 2012 Olympics as well as give the Charleston hosts more time to support the teams and players advancing to the WTT Finals Weekend. 
 
"The Family Circle Tennis Center were tremendous hosts last year and all of our teams are excited about the opportunity to play for the title in Charleston again," said WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss.  "The tennis fans in Charleston are very knowledgeable and quickly took to the WTT format last year.  The additional time to promote the Finals will give fans from the participating team markets more time to make travel plans to be a part of this exciting weekend."
 

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