World Team Tennis (1974-1978)

WTT

Championship Results and Awards

Year Winner Runner-up Results
1974 Denver Racquets Philadelphia Freedoms 55-48  (27-21, 28-24)
1975 Pittsburgh Triangles San Francisco Golden Gaters 74-65  (25-26, 28-25, 21-14)
1976 New York Sets San Francisco Golden Gaters 91-57 (31-23, 29-21, 31-13)
1977 New York Apples Phoenix Racquets 55-39 (27-22, 28-17)
1978 Los Angeles Strings Boston  Lobsters 108-93 (24-21, 30-20, 26-27, 28-25)
1979 LEAGUE DISBANDED

   

Annual Awards

Year Recipient Award
1974 Billie Jean King, Philadelphia MVP
Andrew Pattison, Denver Playoff MVP
Tony Roche, Denver Coach of the Year
1975 Tom Okker, San Francisco Male MVP
Evonne Goolagong, Pittsburgh Female MVP
Vitas Gerulaitis, Pittsburgh Playoff MVP
Marty Riessen, Cleveland Male All Star Game MVP
Greer Stevens, Boston Female All Star Game MVP
Marty Riessen, Cleveland Male Rookie of the Year
Greer Stevens, Boston Female Rookie of the Year
Frew McMillan, San Francisco Coach of the Year
1976 Sandy Mayer, New York Male MVP
Chris Evert, Phoenix Female MVP
Sandy Mayer, New York Male Playoff MVP
Billie Jean King, New York Female Playoff MVP
Tom Okker, San Francisco Male All Star Game MVP
Dianne Fromholtz, Los Angeles Female All Star Game MVP
Rod Laver, San Diego Male Rookie of the Year
Chris Evert, Phoenix Female Rookie of the Year
Fred Stolle, New York Coach of the Year
1977 Frew McMillan, San Francisco Male MVP
Chris Evert, Phoenix Female MVP
Sandy Mayer, New York Male Playoff MVP
Billie Jean King, New York Female Playoff MVP
Bjorn Borg, Clev.-Pittsburgh Male All Star Game MVP
Betty Stove, Seattle-Portland Female All Star Game MVP
Bjorn Borg, Clev.-Pittsburgh Male Rookie of the Year
Sue Barker, Indiana Female Rookie of the Year
Fred Stolle, New York Coach of the Year
1978 ??? Male MVP
Martina Navratoliva, Boston Female MVP
Chris Evert, Los Angeles Playoff MVP
??? Coach of the Year

 

Annual Scoring Leaders

Year Men's Singles
1974 Jimmy Connors (Baltimore)
1975 Marty Riessen (Cleveland)
1976 Sandy Mayer (New York)
1977 Bjorn Borg (Cleveland-Pittsburgh)
1978 Vitas Gerulaitis (New York)
Year Women's Singles
1974 Billie Jean King (Philadelphia)
1975 Billie Jean King (New York)
1976 Chris Evert (Phoenix)
1977 Martina Navratilova (Boston)
1978 Martina Navratilova (Boston)
Year Men's Doubles
1974 John Newcombe / Dick Stockton (Houston)
1975 Frew McMillan / Tom Okker (Golden Gaters)
1976 Frew McMillan / Tom Okker (Golden Gaters)
1977 Frew McMillan / Tom Okker (Golden Gaters)
1978 Frew McMillan / Sandy Mayer (Golden Gaters)
Year Women's Doubles
1974 Billie Jean King / Julie Anthony (Philadelphia)
1975 Billie Jean King / Mona Guerrant (New York)
1976 Francoise Durr / Betty Stove (Golden Gaters)
1977 Martina Navratilova / Greer Stevens (Boston)
1978 Martina Navratilova / Terry Holladay (Boston)
Year Mixed Doubles
1974 Kerry Harris / Alan Stone (Detroit)
1975 Betty Stove / Frew McMillan (Golden Gaters)
1976 Ann Kiyomura / Ray Ruffels (Indiana)
1977 Billie Jean King / Ray Ruffels (New York)
1978 Francoise Durr / Anand Amritraj (Anaheim)

 


WTT Annual Standings and Playoffs

1974

1974 Standings
Eastern Division
Atlantic Section W - L Pct.
Philadelphia Freedoms 39 -  5 0.886
Boston Lobsters 19 - 25 0.432
Baltimore Banners 16 - 28 0.364
New York Sets 15 - 29 0.341
Central Section W - L Pct.
Detroit Loves 30 - 14 0.682
Pittsburgh Triangles 30 - 14 0.682
Cleveland Nets 21 - 23 0.477
Toronto-Buffalo Royals 13 - 31 0.295
Western Division
Gulf Plains Section W - L Pct.
Minnesota Buckskins 27 - 17 0.614
Houston E-Z Riders 25 - 19 0.568
Florida Flamingoes 19 - 25 0.432
Chicago Aces 15 - 29 0.341
Pacific Section W - L Pct.
Denver Racquets 30 - 14 0.682
San Francisco Golden Gaters 23 - 21 0.523
Los Angeles Strings 16 - 28 0.364
Hawaii Leis 14 - 30 0.318

Playoffs (Total score and separate game scores are listed):
1st round 
Philadelphia def. Cleveland   49-44  (26-22, 23-22) 
Pittsburgh def. Detroit   63-27  (31-10, 32-17) 
Minnesota def. Houston   48-47  (19-28, 29-19) 
Denver def. San Francisco   61-41 (29-17, 32-24) 

Second round 
Philadelphia def. Pittsburgh   52-45  (31-21, 21-24) 
Denver def. Minnesota   54-44  (29-25, 25-18)

CHAMPIONSHIP 
Denver def. Philadelphia   55-45  (27-21, 28-24)

Denver Racquets Roster:
Tony Roche (player coach), Francoise Durr, Pam Austin, Kris Kemmer Shaw, Stephanie Johnson, Jeff Austin and Andrew Pattison

Post-Season Notes :
Boston, Baltimore, Toronto-Buffalo, Minnesota, Houston, Florida, and Chicago all folded.
Philadelphia Freedoms was sold and then moved to Boston, renamed Boston Lobsters,
Detroit Loves moved to Indiana and became Indiana Loves.


1975

Pre-Season Notes :
Denver moved to Phoenix, San Diego Friars was added as a new team.

1975 Standings
Eastern Division W - L Pct.
Pittsburgh Triangles 36 -  8 0.818
New York Sets 34 - 10 0.773
Boston Lobsters 20 - 26 0.435
Indiana Loves 18 - 26 0.409
Cleveland Nets 16 - 28 0.364
Western Division W - L Pct.
San Francisco Golden Gaters 29 - 15 0.659
Phoenix Racquets 22 - 22 0.500
Los Angeles Strings 20 - 24 0.455
Hawaii Leis 14 - 30 0.318
San Diego Friars 14 - 30 0.318

Playoffs:
1st round 
Boston def. New York (25-24)
Phoenix def. Los Angeles (20-8)
Pittsburgh and San Francisco received 1st round byes

Semifinals 
Pittsburgh def. Boston (25-16, 23-14)
San Francisco def. Phoenix (25-24 and 26-20)

CHAMPIONSHIP 
Pittsburgh def. San Francisco 74-65  (25-26, 28-25 and 21-14)

Championship Highlights:
Men's Singles - Vitas Gerulaitis, Pittsburgh def. Tom Okker, San Francisco (6-1)
Women's Singles - Evonne Goolagong, Pittsburgh def. Betty Stove, San Francisco (6-1)

Pittsburgh Triangles Roster:
Coach Vic Edwards, Evonne Goolagong, Peggy Michel, Nancy Richey Gunter, Rayni Fox, Marc Cox, Vitas Gerulaitis, Kim Warwick

All-Star Game (Los Angeles, CA)
East def. West 28-21


1976

1976 Standings
Eastern Division W - L Pct.
New York Sets 33 - 10 0.767
Pittsburgh Triangles 24 - 20 0.545
Cleveland Nets 20 - 24 0.455
Indiana Loves 19 - 25 0.432
Boston Lobsters 18 - 25 0.419
Western Division W - L Pct.
Phoenix Racquets 30 - 14 0.682
San Francisco Golden Gaters 28 - 16 0.636
Los Angeles Strings 22 - 22 0.500
San Diego Friars 13 - 31 0.295
Hawaii Leis 12 - 32 0.295

Playoffs:
Semifinals 
New York defeated Pittsburgh (25-26, 29-21, 28-26)
San Francisco defeated Phoenix (32-16, 24-18)

CHAMPIONSHIP 
New York defeated San Francisco 91-57 (31-23, 29-21 and 31-13) 

New York Sets Roster:
Fred Stolle (player coach), Billie Jean King, Phil Dent, Sandy Mayer, Virginia Wade, Lindsey Beaven, Linda Siegelman

All-Star Game (Oakland, CA)
West def. East 28-27

Post-Season Notes:
Pittsburgh folded 


1977

Pre-Season Notes :
Hawaii moved to Seattle-Portland (Sea-Port), New York changed their name to the Apples, The Soviet 
National Team joined the league and were originally given the franchise name "Pennsylvania Keystones". 
The original plan was to have the Keystones play in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

1977 Standings
Eastern Division W - L Pct.
Boston Lobsters 35 -  9 0.795
New York Apples 33 - 11 0.750
Indiana Loves 21 - 23 0.477
Cleveland Nets 16 - 28 0.364
The Soviets 12 - 32 0.273
Western Division W - L Pct.
Phoenix Racquets 28 - 16 0.636
San Francisco Golden Gaters 25 - 19 0.568
San Diego Friars 21 - 23 0.477
Sea-Port Cascades 18 - 26 0.409
Los Angeles Strings 11 - 33 0.250
 
1977 Scoring Leaders
Men's Singles GW-GL SW-SL
Bjorn Borg, Cleveland 220-161 28-13
Cliff Drysdale, San Diego 97- 76

10- 6

Tony Roche, Boston 185-153 23-13
Rod Laver, San Diego 152-128 17-11
Sandy Mayer, New York 208-184 24-16
Tom Gorman, Sea-Port 198-187 23-15
Tom Okker, Golden Gaters 212-202 22-19
Vitas Gerulaitis, Indiana 155-152 16-16
Ilie Nastase, Los Angeles 97- 96

10- 9

Butch Walts, Phoenix 176-179 18-14
Women's Singles GW-GL SW-SL
Martina Navratilova, Boston 217-126 32- 7
Chris Evert, Phoenix 213-134 30- 8
Virginia Wade, New York 142-122 14-14
Billie Jean King, New York 78-70

10-6

Kerry Melville Reid, San Diego 168-169 17-17
Sue Barker, Indiana 179-189 20-21
Terry Holladay, Golden Gaters 189-201 20-24
Wendy Turnbull, Cleveland 155-166 15-20
Betty Stove, Sea-Port 173-186 20-19
Rosie Casals, Los Angeles 149-163 15-18
Men's Doubles GW-GL SW-SL
McMillan-Okker, Golden Gaters 218-172 26-10
Mayer-Ruffels, New York 216-179 26-13
Bjorg-Riessen, Cleveland 205-173 22-13
Stone-Ball, Indiana 114-105 13- 8
Laver-Drysdale, San Diego 157-145 16-13
Roche-Emerson, Boston 156-146 17-15
Stone-Gerulaitis, Indiana 83- 79

 8 - 9

Case-Walts, Phoenix 190-189 17-19
Nastase-Pasarell, Los Angeles 84-85  8 - 8
Ralston-Pasarell, Los Angeles 108-112 10-11
Women's Doubles GW-GL SW-SL
Navratilova-Stevens, Boston 237-123 36- 3
Wade-King, New York 223-155 29-12
Evert-Shaw, Phoenix 130-107 15- 9
Stove-Russell, Sea-Port 195-181 23-15
Guerrant-Reid, San Diego 198-192 19-20
Mappin-Kiyomura, Indiana 93- 93

10 - 9

Barker- Kiyomura, Indiana 119-121 14-11
Morozova-Chmyreva, Soviets 94- 99  8 -11
Kroshina- Morozova, Soviets 64- 69  4 - 9
Durr-Nagelsen, Golden Gaters 170-212 13-28

Playoffs:
Quarterfinals 
New York def. Indiana 89-63 (33-21, 25-27, 31-15)
Boston def. Cleveland 78-68 (30-26, 20-21, 28-21)
Phoenix def. Sea-Port 57- 40 (30-14, 27-26)
San Diego def. San Francisco 48-43 (24-22, 24-21)

Semifinals 
New York def. Boston 58-41 (29-21, 29-20)
Phoenix defeated San Diego 83-74 (26-29, 27-20, 30-22)

CHAMPIONSHIP 
New York def. Phoenix 55-39 (27-22, 28-17) 

Championship Highlights:
Men's Singles - Sandy Mayer, New York def. Butch Walts, Phoenix (6-1)
Women's Singles - Virginia Wade, New York def. Chris Evert, Phoenix (6-0)

New York Apples Roster:
Fred Stolle (player coach), Billie Jean King, Ray Ruffels, Sandy Mayer, Virginia Wade, Lindsey Beaven, Linda Siegelman

All-Star Game (San Diego, CA)
East def. West 23-18

Post-Season Notes:
The Soviet National team left the league 


1978

Pre-Season Notes:
Anahiem Oranges was added as a new team, Cleveland moved to New Orleans, Sea-Port became Seattle 

1978 Standings
Eastern Division W - L Pct.
Boston Lobsters 33 - 11 0.75
New York Apples 22 - 22 0.500
Anahiem Oranges 20 - 24 0.455
New Orleans Nets 20 - 24 0.455
Indiana Loves 13 - 31 0.295
Western Division W - L Pct.
San Diego Friars 30 - 14 0.682
Los Angeles Strings 27 - 17 0.614
San Francisco Golden Gaters 21 - 23 0.477
Seattle Cascades 20 - 24 0.455
Phoenix Racquets 14 - 30 0.318

Playoffs:
Quarterfinals 
Boston def. New Orleans 
New York def. Anahiem 
Seattle def. San Diego 
Los Angeles def. Golden Gators 

Semifinals 
Boston def. Seattle 
Los Angeles def. New York  

CHAMPIONSHIP 
Los Angeles def. Boston 108-93 (24-21, 30-20, 26-27, 28-25)  

Championship Highlights:
Men's Singles - Ilie Nastase, Los Angeles def. Tony Roche, Boston (7-6)
Women's Singles - Chris Evert, Los Angeles def. Martina Navratilova, Boston (7-6)

Los Angeles Strings Roster:
Ilie Nastase (player coach), Ashok Amritraj, Vijay Amritraj, Chris Evert, Ann Kiyomura, Stephanie Tolleson

All-Star Game (Las Vegas, NV)
no  info available

Post-Season Notes:
Indiana, folded after the season. New York and Boston folded on Oct. 27, 1978. Los Angeles disbanded on Nov. 7, followed by San Diego on Nov. 8. New Orleans, Seattle and Anaheim also disbanded on Nov 10. San Francisco and Phoenix were the only two teams left and subsequently the league ceased operations, thus ending the five year run of the World Team Tennis League. These great Tennis Players participated in the WTT at one time or another: Bjorn Borg, Rosie Casals, Jimmy Connors, Roy Emerson, Chris Evert, Vitas Gerulaitis, Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Billie Jean King, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, John Newcombe, Virginia Wade and Rod Laver.

 

I'd like to thank Scott Campbell for much of this information


Other WTT Links:

Robert Zwarun's WTT Web Page

Pittsburgh WTT History


World Team Tennis-II  (1981- present)

1981-1984 - Team Tennis
1985-1990  - Domino's Pizza TeamTennis
1991 - TeamTennis
1992-1997 - World TeamTennis
1998-2000 - DuPont World TeamTennis
2001 - Tyco World TeamTennis
2002 - World TeamTennis

 

WTT Championships

Year Champions Runner-ups Score Finals MVP
1981 Los Angeles Strings   (Best regular season record)
1982 Dallas Stars Phoenix Sunsets 27-22  
1983 Chicago Fyre  (Best regular season record)
1984 San Diego Buds Long Beach Breakers 30-13  
1985 San Diego Buds St. Louis Slims 25-24  
1986 San Antonio Racquets Sacramento Capitols 25-23  
1987 Charlotte Heat San Antonio Racquets 25-20  
1988 Charlotte Heat New Jersey Stars 27-22  
1989 San Antonio Racquets Sacramento Capitols 27-25  
1990 Los Angeles Strings Raleigh Edge 27-16  
1991 Atlanta Thunder Los Angeles Strings 27-16  
1992 Atlanta Thunder Newport Beach Dukes 30-17  
1993 Wichita Advantage Newport Beach Dukes 26-23  
1994 New Jersey Stars Idaho Sneakers 28-25  
1995 New Jersey Stars Atlanta Thunder 28-20  
1996 St. Louis Aces Delaware Smash 27-16  
1997 Sacramento Capitals  (Finals Rained-out - Best Regular Season Record) 
1998 Sacramento Capitals New York OTBzz 30-13  
1999 Sacramento Capitals Springfield Lasers 23-15  
2000 Sacramento Capitals Delaware Smash 21-20  
2001 Philadelphia Freedoms  Springfield Lasers 20-18  
2002 Sacramento Capitals New York Buzz 21-13  
2003 Delaware Smash Sacramento Capitals 21-14  
2004 Newport Beach Breakers Delaware Smash 23-17 Ramon Delgado, NBB
2005 New York Sportimes Newport Beach Breakers 21-18 Martina Hingis, NYS

 

Annual MVP Award Winners (Started in 1985)

Year Male MVP Female MVP
1985 Butch Waltz, San Diego Mary Lou Piatek, San Diego
1986 Kim Warwick, San Antonio Pam Casale, Sacramento
1987 Kim Warwick, San Antonio Elna Reinach, Charlotte
1988 Blaine Willenborg, South FLorida Elna Reinach, Charlotte
1989 Robert Van't Hof, Sacramento Ronnie Reis, Portland
1990 Trevor Kronemann, Charlotte Robin White, Los Angeles
1991 Sammy Giammalva, San Antonio Martina Navratilova, Atlanta
1992 Mikael Pernfors, Tampa Bay Martina Navratilova, Atlanta
1993 Jimmy Conners, Phoenix and Trevor Kronemann, SpringfieNewport Beachld Martina Navratilova, Atlanta
1994 Kelly Jones, Newport Beach Larisa Neiland, Newport Beach
1995 Brett Hansen-Dent, Idaho Amy Frazier, Idaho
1996 Brian MacPhie, Sacramento Lisa Raymond, St. Louis
1997 Brian MacPhie, Sacramento Lindsay Davenport, Sacramento
1998 Brian MacPhie, Sacramento Larisa Neiland, Springfield
1999 Grant Stafford, Springfield Elena Tatarkova, Springfield
2000 Richey Reneberg, Sacramento Mariaan de Swardt, Delaware
2001 Mark Knowles, Sacramento Lisa Raymond, Philadelphia
2002 Mahesh Bhupathi, NY Buzz Katarina Srebotnik, NY Hamptons
2003 Paul Goldstein, Delaware Samantha Reeves, Delaware
2004 Dmitry Tursunov, Sacramento Nicole Vaidisova, Sacramento
2005 Mark Knowles, Sacramento Elena Likhovtseva, Sacramento

 

Other WTT-II Links:

World Team Tennis-II


All-Time World Team Tennis All-Star team
Male-
Jimmy Connors
Brian MacPhie

Female-
Billie Jean King
Martina Navratilova

All-Time World Team Tennis Top-30
Male-
Bjorn Borg
Jimmy Connors
Vitas Gerulaitis
Paul Goldstein
Mark Knowles
Trevor Kronemann
Brian MacPhie
Sandy Mayer
John McEnroe
Patrick McEnroe
Frew McMillan
Richey Reneberg
Andy Roddick
Robert Van�t Hof
Kim Warwick

Female-
Rosie Casals
Lindsay Davenport
Mariaan deSward
Chris Evert
Evonne Goolagong
Liezel Huber
Billie Jean King
Elena Likhovtseva
Martina Navratilova
Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels
Lisa Raymond
Elna Reinach
Anne Smith
Virginia Wade
Robin White


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