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New York Buzz Competition Features Hingis, McEnroe

July 2, 2010



Martina Hingis

Former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Martina Hingis will play at the SEFCU Arena with the New York Buzz, who return to UAlbany for the second consecutive summer. The home opener is July 5.

The New York Buzz -- led by former women's No. 1 Martina Hingis -- return to UAlbany this July for the 2010 World TeamTennis (WTT) season. This year the Buzz welcome current No. 1 women's player in the world, Serena Williams, and  seven-time major winner and tennis legend John McEnroe.

SEFCU Arena will host six N.Y. Buzz home matches in 2010, highlighted by the July 13th showdown between McEnroe's N.Y. Sportimes and Hingis's Buzz squad. McEnroe and Hingis may find each other on opposite sides of the net if each competes for their team in the mixed doubles event. Each match gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

"The University at Albany and SEFCU Arena are proud to host World Team Tennis and the New York Buzz for the second consecutive summer," said UAlbany Vice President for Athletic Administration and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee McElroy. "Martina Hingis's presence on the team, as a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, heightens the experience for area tennis fans.  UAlbany's relationship with New York Buzz is another positive and successful Capital Region partnership."

John McEnroe

John McEnroe's N.Y. Sportimes are slated for a showdown with the Buzz at UAlbany on July 13.

The Buzz, who captured their first WTT Championship in 2008, are one of 11 teams in the U.S. and compete in the WTT Pro League's Eastern Conference. This year's NY Buzz team includes Hingis, Alex Domijan of Gainesville, Fla., Sarah Borwell of Middlesbrough, England, and Scoville Jenkins of Atlanta, Ga.

The first professional league where men and women have equal roles, WTT is known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts and player names on back of their shirts.

The unique gender-balanced team concept for WTT was created in the early 1970s by league co-founders Billie Jean King and Larry King. Each match consists of five sets, with one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

Hingis's showdown against Williams of the Washington Kastles will be at the Glens Falls Civic Center on July 9.

N.Y. Buzz 2010 Home Schedule
  • July 5, 7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Freedoms (SEFCU Arena)
  • July 6, 7:30 p.m., New York Sportimes (SEFCU Arena)
  • July 9, 7:30 p.m., Washington Kastles (Glens Falls Civic Center)
  • July 13, 7:30 p.m., New York Sportimes (SEFCU Arena)
  • July 14, 7:30 p.m., Boston Lobsters (SEFCU Arena)
  • July 16, 7:30 p.m., Philadelphia Freedoms (SEFCU Arena)
  • July 20, 7:30 p.m., Boston Lobsters (SEFCU Arena)

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