New England's Professional Tennis Team, The Boston Lobsters, Opens Season Tuesday Well-Known Tennis Pros John Isner, James Blake, Jan-Michael Gambill, Eric Butorac, Coco Vandeweghe, and Raquel Kops-Jones Playing for Boston Lobsters This Season.
BigNews.Biz - Jul 02,2010 - Middleton, MA, July 02, 2010 -- The World TeamTennis Pro League franchise Boston Lobsters, New England's professional tennis team, open their 2010 season July 6 here with a strong team filled with leading players from the world of professional tennis.
The Lobsters will be playing a Kansas City Explorers team which has a number of top tennis pros just back from Wimbledon competition. Their Jarmila Groth reached the 2010 fourth round at Wimbledon, before losing to Venus Williams. She also reached the fourth round at the French Open weeks earlier. Groth will be accompanied by Kveta Peschke, a finalist at the French Open vs. Serena and Venus Williams. Peschke also reached the quarter finals in women's doubles at Wimbledon this week. Completing the Kansas City team are Sam Groth and Brazilian Ricardo Mello, also just returning from Wimbledon play.
In addition to Marquee signings of top tennis pros John Isner of current Wimbledon fame and James Blake, the Boston Lobsters protected Jan-Michael Gambill in the first round of the WTT roster draft this year. Gambill is known for his unusual double handed forehand and has ranked as high as No. 14 in the world. He has defeated some of the world's greatest tennis players including Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, Lleyton Hewitt, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. Jan-Michael has been a member of the Boston Lobsters for three years, playing both singles and doubles.
The Boston Lobsters have also selected Eric Butorac. He is a doubles specialist, having won seven doubles titles, and ranked as high at Number 30 in the world. In addition, Boston selected Coco Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe plays a strong double-handed backhand. She won the 2008 US Open Girls' Singles championship, and two more championships in recent weeks. She is the niece of former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe. Both played WTT tennis last year with Sacramento.
Importantly, the Boston Lobsters have protected 2009 player Raquel Kops-Jones. She has an outstanding Grand Slam record having reached the fourth round of the US Open and the 2nd round in the Australian Open. She has three doubles wins on the WTA Tour and has been ranked as high as Number 31 in the world. This will be her third year with the Lobsters.
Boston Lobsters Bahar Uttam says, “We are particularly pleased to be able to present such a talented team to New England. It's a strong league, but we'll be quite competitive with these top pro players.”
Don't miss your chance to see these tennis superstars coming to your community this July! Individual match and season tickets are on sale now. The 2010 season schedule is posted at www.bostonlobsters.net . Group sales for parties of ten or more are still available. Plan your group event at the Boston Lobsters and receive group package incentives. Contact Darlene@bostonlobsters.net.
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The Boston Lobsters are the New England professional tennis team within the World TeamTennis Pro League (WTT). The Boston Lobsters bring tennis greats into the New England community each season with a