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American stars dominate World TeamTennis Marquee Draft





February 14, 2012


The 2012 World TeamTennis Marquee Draft has an All-American look.

Six current or former world No. 1s from the U.S., including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Bob and Mike Bryan, Lindsay Davenport and John McEnroe, were among the names drafted today by the eight franchises in the WTT Pro League presented by GEICO.

Other top names selected in Tuesday's Draft include the top ranked American on the ATP Tour Mardy Fish, along with Martina Hingis, James Blake, Mark Philippoussis, and John Isner who stunned the tennis world with a dominating win over Roger Federer last weekend in Davis Cup action.

Two-time League MVP Lindsay Davenport returns to the WTT courts for the first time this summer since the birth of her third child in January. Davenport, an Olympic gold medalist and three-time Grand Slam singles champion, will head up the Orange County Breakers team. "I am excited to be back in Orange County and it will be great for my kids to get to see me play," said Davenport. "I have always loved playing on a team so I am looking forward to getting back on the court."

The Philadelphia Freedoms selected former world No. 8 Mark Philippoussis with their first round selection. The popular Australian originally played for the Freedoms in 2002. Philippoussis will be joined on the Freedoms squad by former world No. 4 James Blake. This will be Blake's 7th WTT season and his first with the Freedoms.

The Washington Kastles will try to build on their undefeated 2011 championship season with the all-American lineup of Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

The Boston Lobsters are bringing back one of the hottest ATP stars in the towering John Isner, who defeated Federer and led the U.S. Davis Cup team to a stunning 5-0 win over Switzerland last weekend.

Two former world number ones in both singles and doubles return to the New York Sportimes. John McEnroe and Martina Hingis are back with the Sportimes at their home venue in Randall's Island, which is also home to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. The Sportimes will play five home matches at Sportime Stadium at Randallís Island in New York City, and will bring two of their home matches to SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., during the WTT season this July. One of the matches in Albany will feature John Isner and his Boston Lobsters, while the other match will see Hingis face off against Venus Williams and the Washington Kastles.

The Sacramento Capitals will build their 2012 squad around America's top ranked male player, Mardy Fish. Currently ranked No. 8 on the ATP Tour in singles, Fish was also a major part of the U.S. Davis Cup team that dominated the Swiss last week.

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