World Team Tennis (WTT) anyone? We’re fortunate because my family and I can walk to the event in about 7 minutes (that’s a good thing) The bad news — it was 94 degrees outside (34.5 C for the rest of the world!)
Unbeknownst to many, Delaware has its own team the Delaware Smash , its owned by Billy Jean King herself. Tonight the Smash are playing the Kansas City Explorers an its presented in such a intimate location — the parking lot of the DuPont Country Club!
Advanta, whom I’d like to thank, makes WTT possible as a national sponsor. They even provide free tennis racquets for all the kids that attend. I don’t know how many years we’ve been going to see the Smash play — the crowds are into it, the players have a lot of fun and while you haven’t probably heard of many of the players – they are all incredible athletes!
Some are even exceptional like Liezel Huber (Delaware Smash) – Ranked #1 in the world in women’s doubles and has won 27 career doubles titles, including Wimbledon and the Australian open or the Bryan Brothers (Kansas City Explorers) – these guys have won every men’s double title in tennis! Other players you may have heard of:
- Venus and Serena Williams
- Lindsay Davenport
- Sam Querrey
- Anna Kournikova
You get the idea — world class tennis in your own backyard! Doesn’t matter which team wins or looses — the point is — its a blast! One big disappointment this evening was that Liezel Huber was a no show again this year. Last year she was busy playing and ultimately winning the women’s doubles championship at Wimbledon — gotta cut her some slack on that one.
Mid way through the match the Bryan Bros. posed for some pictures with some of their fans. I was lucky enough to get them to pose with my kids while still on the court. As soon as they send me the photo I’ll update this post with what will likely be one hell of great memory for my kids. Update: They never sent me the photo…
Here are a few photo highlights of the evening: