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The league was founded in 1973 by George MacCall (who became its first commissioner), Larry King (who became the owner of San Francisco based Golden Gaters), Dennis Murphy (who also founded the World Hockey Association), Fred Barman (a Hollywood agent) with Chief Financial Officer Jim Jorgensen (who became President of the Soviet Union National Team). Denis Murphy may refer to Denis Murphy (Irish musician, Irish traditional musician from the Sliabh Luachra area Denis Murphy (Queensland The World Hockey Association (French Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional Ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 Jim Jorgensen (born in 1948 in Racine Wisconsin is a Serial entrepreneur. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991 The league began play in May of 1974 with 16 teams and suspended play after the 1978 season.
League format included; a colored no-line court, a 44 match season and 6 player teams (3 men and 3 women) playing 5 one-set no-ad matches women’s singles and doubles, men’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles – thus making it the first professional sports league to give equal weight to men and women in the scoring.
The league included such players as Rod Laver, Billie Jean King, Björn Borg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Evonne Goolagong and Jimmy Connors. For the arena in Melbourne Park used for show matches in the Australian Open, see Rod Laver Arena Rodney George "Rod" Laver Billie Jean King ( née Moffitt) (born November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California) is a retired Tennis (bjœɳ bɔrj born 6 June 1956) is a former World No 1 Tennis player from Sweden who is widely regarded by observers and tennis players Christine Marie "Chris" Evert (Evert-Lloyd 1979–1987 (born December 21, 1954) is a former World No John Patrick McEnroe Jr (born February 16 1959 is an American former World No Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley, AO, MBE (born 31 July 1951 in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia is a former World No James Scott "Jimmy" Connors (born September 2 1952 in East St
It was the first professional sports experience for Jerry Buss (eventual owner of Los Angeles Lakers NBA team and the Los Angeles Kings NHL team) and for Bob Kraft (owner of the New England Patriots NFL team). Gerald Hatten “Jerry” Buss (born in 1934 is an American professional Basketball team owner a former Real estate developer and a Poker player The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles California. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America Robert K Kraft (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline Massachusetts) is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of The Kraft Group The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league.
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The league resumed play in 1981 as TeamTennis and has fluctuated between four and twelve professional teams since then. In 1992, the name was changed again to World TeamTennis (WTT). In 2005, twelve professional teams competed.
Billie Jean King became commissioner of the league in 1984 following her retirement from competition, eventually retiring as commissioner in February 2001. Billie Jean King ( née Moffitt) (born November 22, 1943, in Long Beach, California) is a retired Tennis In February 2001, Ilana Kloss became the new WTT commissioner, a position which she currently holds.
The Soviet National team was originally named the Pennsylvania Keystones and were to play in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Boston Lobsters are a World TeamTennis team based in Middleton Massachusetts. The name was changed before the beginning of the season.
Professional league play resumed in 1981 as TeamTennis with four California teams, expanding to eight teams in 1982. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. In 1985, a recreational league for non-professionals was added which was co-branded with the professional league.
In 1992, the current name World TeamTennis was adopted.
In 2000, the current logo was adopted.
In 2005 & 2006 the league consisted of 12 teams and in 2007 the Hartford FoxForce ceased operations.
The league consists of 12 teams, after the Washington Kastles joined in 2008: