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John Isner will play for New York Empire this season. | © Wikicommons/Edwin Martinez
John Isner will play for New York Empire this season. | © Wikicommons/Edwin Martinez
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What is the Mylan World TeamTennis league?

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Sports Editor
Updated: 10 July 2017

While the tennis world is currently fixated on Wimbledon, there is a local tennis team in New York getting prepared to begin play July 16. New York Empire is one of six teams competing in the Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) league.

The WTT was co-founded by legendary tennis player Billie Jean King in 1973. Each team consists of two men, two women and a coach. There are five matches: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. The first team to win five games wins each set.

“I have always wanted tennis to be a co-ed team sport that is accessible for both professional and recreational players,” King said. “From the beginning and still today, we see the WTT format as a way to grow and develop the sport and get more people to play tennis. If you have ever seen a WTT match, you see my philosophy of life in action – men and women, competing on a level playing field, with equal contributions by all genders.”

Since its debut, the WTT has seen its fair share of tennis legends in its ranks, including: Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Andy Roddick.

The six WTT teams are: New York Empire, Orange County Breakers, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, Springfield Lasers, and Washington Kastles. The 2017 season is from July 16-Aug. 2 with the top two teams advancing to the WTT Finals.

“This team has so much talent on the single’s side, and whatever you want to do for doubles we’re going to make a good team whether that’s men’s doubles, mixed doubles, women’s doubles,” said New York Empire’s John Isner, who played the longest professional match in tennis history at the 2010 Wimbledon. “In my opinion, I don’t think there’s many teams that are as deep as us, so we should be in a pretty good position to do some big things this season.”

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WTT Scoring

— Scoring is no-ad (first team to win four points wins the game).

— Game scoring is 1, 2, 3, game.

— All games, sets, and Supertiebreakers are won by a margin of one point.

— Each game counts as one point in the team’s cumulative match score.

— The receiver has the choice from which side he/she will receive serve should the game reach three points each. In mixed doubles, the serve is always gender-to-gender at 3-3.

— Teams change sides every four games.

— Let serves are played.

— The first team to reach five games wins a set. If the set is tied at 4-4, a 9-point tiebreaker is played.