phillip simmonds named to staff at sportime / john mcenroe academy



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Long Island native and recent ATP Tour professional player Phillip Simmonds has joined the staff at the SPORTIME location in Syosset, N.Y., and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy Annex at the SPORTIME location in Bethpage, N.Y., it was announced by SPORTIME CEO Claude Okin. Fresh off a successful junior and pro career, Simmonds joins fellow pro Robert Kendrick, who has been Director of Tennis at SPORTIME Syosset since September 2012 and who helped bring the 28-year old into the Sportime fold.

Born in Selden, N.Y., Simmonds won nine ITF Futures and three USTA Challenger titles while achieving a career-best rank of #200 in the world. He played in the US Open main draw singles in 2006 and in US Open main draw doubles in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A member of the 2002 U.S. Junior Davis Cup team that reached the finals, Simmonds was semi-finalist at the French Open and Wimbledon juniors and won the prestigious Orange Bowl in 2002 and the Australian Open Junior Doubles in 2003.

“Adding a new, young coach, with junior and professional experience and accomplishments of Phillip Simmonds is a big boost for SPORTIME Syosset and for the John McEnroe Tennis Academy,” said Okin. “He has already shown us that he is a great teacher and motivator. He is a great guy and a great colleague and, best of all, he is a native Long Islander. We are pleased and fortunate to have Phillip at SPORTIME.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to return home and to start taking what I have learned from my decades of experience as a tournament player and sharing it with students at SPORTIME and at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Of course I can’t wait to work with our juniors, but I am also having fun with our adult and recreational players,” said Simmonds. “So far I am very excited about this next chapter in my career in the sport.”

andy roddick, sloane stephens lead world teamtennis draft



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Andy Roddick is returning to the tennis courts this summer.

The former world number one was the top pick in today’s Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft. Roddick, who first started with Mylan WTT in 2000, will play for the Springfield Lasers. This will be Roddick’s 7th Mylan WTT season and his first since 2010.

“I first played World TeamTennis when I was just starting out and have played throughout my career so I’m excited to be back,” said Roddick. “I’ve always liked the competition and the fan energy. I love being on a team and am looking forward to playing for the Springfield Lasers this July.”

Sloane Stephens, currently ranked No. 17, was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms with their first-round pick. The 20-year-old Stephens first played Mylan World TeamTennis in 2009 as part of an all-amateur USTA team.

The newest Mylan WTT franchise, Texas Wild, will bring the world’s best doubles team to their new home court in Irving, Texas. The Wild, who relocated to Texas this year after 20 seasons in Kansas City, protected the rights to Bob and Mike Bryan who are back for their 11th season.

Venus Williams, who led the Washington Kastles to their second straight undefeated season and championship title in 2012, returns to the nation’s capital for her 10th Mylan WTT season. The three-time champion Kastles will be taking a 32-match win streak into their 2013 season opener.

Two of the top Americans on the ATP Tour will once again play for the Sacramento Capitals. The Caps protected their rights to Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish. Querrey is ranked No. 20 on the ATP Tour and Fish is No. 32.

In a trade completed prior to Tuesday’s draft, the Boston Lobsters acquired the rights to Mark Philippoussis from the Philadelphia Freedoms.

Teams will complete their lineups next month when the Mylan WTT Roster Draft is held March 12 in Indian Wells, Calif. Dates for all Mylan WTT matches will be announced during the week of March 4 when the 2013 schedule is released.

Each of the eight teams will play 14 matches – seven home, seven away. Eastern Conference teams are the Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are Orange County Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers and Texas Wild.

The eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference
Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Selections (in Draft order)<ol>

  1. SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1st round selection)
  2. TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1st round protection)
  3. BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (1st round protection - acquired rights via pre-Draft trade with Philadelphia Freedoms)
  4. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (1st round selection)
  5. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: no Marquee Player selection
  6. NEW YORK SPORTIMES: no Marquee Player selection
  7. SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (1st round protection); Sam Querrey (2nd round protection)
  8. WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (2nd round protection)

Marquee Player Matches (dates TBD when schedule is released in early March; additional visits could be added before season):

  • BOSTON LOBSTERS: Mark Philippoussis (3 matches).
  • NEW YORK SPORTIMES: Visiting players are Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers) and Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms) for one match each in Albany, N.Y.
  • ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS: Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild), and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers)
  • PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS: Sloane Stephens (2 home matches). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) and Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).
  • SACRAMENTO CAPITALS: Mardy Fish (2-3 home matches); Sam Querrey (3rd week of season). Visiting players are Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild).
  • SPRINGFIELD LASERS: Andy Roddick (1 home match). Visiting player is Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia Freedoms).
  • TEXAS WILD: Bob and Mike Bryan (1 home match). Visiting player is Venus Williams (Washington Kastles).
  • WASHINGTON KASTLES: Venus Williams (1 home match). Visiting player is Andy Roddick (Springfield Lasers).

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tennis channel to air rafael nadal’s return



Tennis Channel will air Rafael Nadal's return to competitive play in 2013

Tennis Channel will air Rafael Nadal‘s first single match back after being sidelined for seven months due to various ailments. Nadal, who already won a doubles match with teammate Juan Monaco, will play in the main draw of the VTR Open in Vina del Mar, Chile, on Wednesday at 4pm ET. This marks the return of Nadal after a roller coaster absence involving knee injury and a stomach virus, among others.

With an unprecedented seven French Open championships to his name and the best clay-court record in the Open Era (254-19; .930), Nadal is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time on clay, the surface used at this week’s event in Vina del Mar. He will face the winner of Delbonis/Pella. (Browse: VTR Open Singles Draw)

Leif Shiras will call the match for Tennis Channel. Encore presentations of Nadal’s comeback will air Wednesday at 8pm ET and Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10pm ET. The network had already planned to carry the singles semifinals and championship in Vina del Mar this weekend prior to Nadal’s entry into the tournament. That schedule is as follows (all times live):

Saturday, Feb. 9
5pm – Semifinal #1
8:30pm – Semifinal #2

Sunday, Feb. 10
4pm – Championship

college tennis: virginia men stays no. 1 for 4th straight week



(February 5, 2013) — For the fourth week in a row, the men of Virginia have claimed the top spot in the ITA College Tennis Rankings. A pair of Top 10 upsets has shifted a few teams with Duke dropping four spots, allowing Pepperdine and Kentucky to move up. On the women’s side, the rankings remain the same for another week, as a new poll will not be published this week with the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship to begin Friday morning, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA.

Follow the Leader: Following Virginia is (in order): USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Duke, and Mississippi State.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; Pac-12 – 5; ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten – 3; Conference USA and WCC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10.

New Additions: Two teams are making their first appearances inside the Top 75 this year while another is back after a month’s absence. Old Dominion went from unranked to No. 67 by scoring a big upset over former No. 27 Harvard, 4-3. The Monarchs’ Carlos Lopez Villa clinched the win in a three set battle which gave Old Dominion their first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. Also making their debut inside the Top 75 this year is UC Irvine, who, sits in a tie for 75th after a 5-2 win over former No. 70 Fresno State. The Princeton Tigers return to the Top 75 for the first time since the Jan. 3 rankings. Princeton went 2-1 last week during their tour of the Great Lakes State, coming away with a signature 4-3 win over current No. 48 Michigan State.

Back to the West Coast: For the second time in three years, the University of Washington will host the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle, WA. USC, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida, Cal, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Washington will all be vying for the 2013 ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 15-18.

Coming Up Next: The 2013 ITA Team Rankings continue next Tuesday, February 12th, with a new set of women’s rankings; there will be no new men’s team rankings next week. Singles and doubles rankings for both the men and women are also set to be published on the 12th and will be released every other week after that.

Division I Men’s Top 25 (1/30/13 Rank)
1. Virginia (1)
2. USC (2)
3. UCLA (3)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Pepperdine (7)
6. Georgia (6)
7. Kentucky (9)
8. Oklahoma (8)
9. Duke (5)
10. Mississippi State (10)
11. Florida (11)
12. Mississippi (12)
13. Cal (13)
14. Tennessee (15)
15. Texas A&M (16)
16. Texas (17)
17. Tulsa (22)
18. Baylor (14)
T-19. Stanford (18)
T-19. Illinois (25)
21. Michigan (20)
22. Auburn (21)
23. North Carolina (19)
24. Washington (23)
25. LSU (24)