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Springfield, MO — The two-time world-champion Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Team has released its 2020 season schedule, which includes a busy first week at home.
The defending champions of the World TeamTennis league begin the season in Springfield Sunday, July 12, at Cooper Tennis Complex, and go on to play a total of five home matches that week. Two more home matches follow the next weekend.
World TeamTennis released the league’s complete schedule Feb. 10, as well as unveiled a new team, the Chicago Smash. Chicago has had two previous teams in the league: the Chicago Aces, which played in 1974 and 1982, and the Chicago Fyre, which played 1983-1986. Chicago is now the Lasers’ closest rival and the only other team and the Midwest. A total of nine teams now play in the league.
“We look forward to defending our title in the 2020 season,” said Paul Nahon, Springfield Lasers General Manager. “It’s exciting that the league continues to grow, and it’s great to see World TeamTennis returning to Chicago.”
Nahon said he is in the process of recruiting the team roster, including some returning stars from 2019. New this year, World TeamTennis launched free agency player recruitment, giving teams more flexibility to sign players, instead of the one-day player draft used in previous years. Recruiting is also challenging for all teams, due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games overlapping the World TeamTennis season.
The three-week World TeamTennis season includes seven home and seven away matches for the Lasers, including (home matches in bold):
Sun., July 12, Las Vegas at Springfield
Mon., July 13, Chicago at Springfield
Tues., July 14, Springfield at Chicago
Thurs., July 16, San Diego at Springfield
Fri., July 17, Orange County at Springfield
Sat., July 18, Washington at Springfield
Mon., July 20, Springfield at Las Vegas
Tues., July 21, Springfield at Orange County
Wed., July 22, Springfield at San Diego
Thurs., July 2,3 Springfield at San Diego
Sat., July 25, New York at Springfield
Sun., July 26, Orlando at Springfield
Tues., July 28, Springfield at Washington
Wed., July 29, Springfield at Philadelphia
Sat., Aug. 1 WTT Playoffs in Las Vegas
Sun., Aug. 2 WTT Finals in Las Vegas
All home matches begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian St., Springfield. VIP Season Tickets may be reserved now at Cooper Tennis Complex, 417-837-5800. Individual tickets go on sale this spring at SpringfieldLasers.com.
Springfield won its first King Trophy in 2018, after 23 years in the league and four previous trips to the championship final.
The Lasers won their second World TeamTennis Championship Aug. 3, 2019, seven weeks after the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup, and six months before the Kansas City Chiefs won the Superbowl, bringing three professional sports championship trophies home to Missouri within a single year.
ABOUT WORLD TEAMTENNIS
World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with eight teams in major markets competing in the innovative team format for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after tennis icon and founder Billie Jean King. Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Sloane Stephens, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Naomi Osaka. Owned by innovator Fred Luddy and entrepreneur Eric Davidson. CBS Sports is the official television broadcast partner of WTT. WTT is one of five active U.S. pro sports leagues which has been in operation for more than 40 years, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. Learn more at WTT.com.
ABOUT THE LASERS
The Springfield Lasers were established in 1996 by the late Harry Cooper, who gifted the team to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The Lasers are now one of the oldest teams in WTT, managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and playing home matches at Cooper Tennis Complex. The Lasers won their first WTT Championship in 2018 and their second in 2019, after making it to the WTT finals in 2014, 2013, 2009, 2001 and 1999.
For more information on Springfield Lasers, visit SpringfieldLasers.com, or look for Springfield Lasers on Facebook or @SGFLasers on Twitter and Instagram.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Relations for the Springfield Lasers and Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510 (mobile).