Wimbledon just ended, but I still need more tennis. Fortunately for me, World Team Tennis starts today.
I never really followed WTT in the past, other than watching the occasional match on TV as a kid when I was bored in the summer. But, this year, I wanted to pick a team to root for. After going through the rosters, here are my preferred teams in order:
1. New York Empire
Initially, I didn’t think this was going to be my favorite team, as the players on it aren’t my absolute favorites. But then I concluded that I needed to pick a team I could support for years. And because I was born in New York, and many of my favorite teams in other sports are from New York, I decided to go with the Empire. One other reason was that they’re playing on the US Open grounds this year. How cool is this resurface?
Plus, there’s the squad. I like every player on this team; they’re just not my absolute favorites. (And how about Marcus Willis?) So the Empire it is.
2. Philadelphia Freedoms
Two factors went went into my decision to back this team. 1. Andy Roddick is my all-time favorite player. 2. The team inspired the similarly named Elton John song. And a bonus reason: Sloane Stephens. This should be a fun group.
3. Washington Kastles
This is an absolute classic team. And what’s with the size of its roster? I’m looking forward to watching them play. Also, Murphy Jensen.
4. Springfield Lasers
Two words: Rockum Sock.
5. Orange County Breakers
Maria Sharapova. Steve Johnson. Nicole Gibbs as a substitute. I’ll happily watch any match this team plays.
6. San Diego Aviators
I like this team, but I’m not going to plan my day around watching it.