World TeamTennis, the only mixed professional team tennis league in the country, has announced that it is accepting expansion proposals from potential owner groups and markets interested in acquiring a WTT franchise.
The WTT, which played in unique locations during the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also plans to restore match play to venues hosted by individual team markets in the summer of 2023. .
“We are excited to announce that WTT is looking to add expansion franchises and return to play in individual cities across the United States in 2023,” said WTT Chairman and CEO Eric Davidson. “While hosting all WTT matches at one venue in 2020 and 2021 was necessary due to the pandemic, our fans missed the access the teams bring to their home markets and we are excited to bring this back. model in 2023.”
WTT, which hosted the 2021 WTT season last November at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., will not play in 2022 as it is expected to recharge for 2023.
“With the end of the 2021 season at the end of November and the damage that COVID has caused to our franchises, we have decided not to rush to organize a 2022 season so that our teams can regain their health as we look to relaunch at the summer of 2023,” Davidson said.
For prospective owner groups and markets wishing to acquire a WTT franchise, the expansion franchise fee is set at $1,000,000. The league is also open to adding new investors and owners at the league level as WTT seeks to continue its growth as the leader in professional team tennis.
While the pandemic has hampered much of the sports industry over the past two years, the WTT has seen significant growth in its 2020 and 2021 seasons. Grand Slam champions who have competed in the past two campaigns WTT included Venus Williams, the Bryan Brothers (Bob and Mike Bryan), Kim Clijsters, Jack Sock, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin, CoCo Vandewedghe and Ryan Harrison. Additionally, top Americans Taylor Fritz (ATP No. 13), Jessica Pegula (WTA No. 7) and Danielle Collins (WTA No. 8) have also participated in recent seasons.
The league also broke single-game viewership records on national network television for the regular season (484,000 viewers) and the WTT Finals (556,000 viewers) in 2020 when all nine WTT franchises competed in the ‘America’s Resort at the Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs, WV.
For those seeking more information on purchasing an expansion franchise or investing in WTT, interested parties should contact WTT’s national office in Southern California or inquire by e-mail at [email protected] wtt.com.
About World Team Tennis (WTT)
World TeamTennis was co-founded by tennis legend and visionary Billie Jean King and has continued to innovate the sport every year since its first season in 1974. The fast-paced action and unique scoring format creates an energetic and exciting atmosphere for WTT fans and players. . The team event provides the opportunity for the men’s and women’s major champions to share the pitch in every game of the season, including in the championship with the King Trophy at stake. More information can be found at www.wtt.com.