WTT draft features familiar faces

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – World Team Tennis, the exhibition league founded by Billie Jean King that takes place after Wimbledon, held its draft Tuesday.

And among the faces this summer will be 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who is in the fourth round of the women’s singles at this week’s BNP Paribas Open.

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The league plays for the last two weeks in July, with the final in early August. It’s an opportunity for a lot of lower-ranked players and doubles specialists to pick up some extra cash. And look for other names to perhaps join the various teams for a couple of matches during the short season.

The 2017 champions are the Orange County Breakers, who defeated the San Diego Aviators 22-18 at the La Costa Resort and Spa just outside San Diego.

This year, Jack Sock returns to the Springfield Lasers. As well, Genie Bouchard will be back with the New York Empire and Venus Williams will make a few appearances with the Washington Kastles. 

Here are the draft selections, including the “franchise” type players each team is allowed to protect before the draft begins.

The first overall pick was by the Kastles. The D.C.-based team selected Tennys Sandgren to head to the nation’s capital.

Washington Kastles

Venus Williams (protected)
Mike and Bob Bryan(protected)
Madison Brengle (protected)

Tennys Sandgren (1st overall pick)
Robert Lindstedt
Nicole Melichar

Philadelphia Freedoms

Sloane Stephens (protected)
Taylor Townsend (protected)
Fabrice Martin (protected)

Amanda Anisimova
Kevin King
Kevin Anderson

Springfield Lasers

Jack Sock (protected)
Abigail Spears (protected)

Vania King
Miomir Kecmanovic
Daniel Nestor

New York Empire

Mardy Fish (protected)
John Isner (protected)
Genie Bouchard (protected)
Neal Skupski (protected)

Tatjana Maria
Dennis Novikov
Maria José Martínez Sánchez

San Diego Aviators

Naomi Broady (protected)

Marcus Willis
Marcin Matkowski
Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Orange County Breakers

Yanina Wickmayer (protected)
Andreja Klepac (protected)

Marcelo Demoliner
Stéphane Robert

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