The Breakers selected Keothavong with the first overall pick in the World Team Tennis Roster Player Draft Tuesday. Keothavong, 27, ranked No. 109 by the International Tennis Federation will make her WTT debut this July.
Since turning pro in 2001, Keothavong has won 17 ITF singles titles and five ITF doubles titles in her career. In February 2009, she reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 48 and has been a long-standing Fed Cup player for
Earlier this year, she qualified for the
The Breakers selected Lester Cook with their second pick, bringing back a familiar face from last year's team. Cook was the Breakers' men's singles player in 2010, when Newport Beach finished 5-9.
The Breakers selected Travis Rettenmaier in the third round. He has two years of previous WTT experience. Both Cook and Rettenmaier are from
In the fourth round, Newport Beach protected the rights to Canadian player Marie-Eve Pelletier, who played for the team in 2009 and 2010.
The selection of
"We are looking forward to having Anne's great talent and personality here in Newport Beach as we chase the King Trophy in 2011," said Kronemann, the
The Breakers will play 14 regular-season matches between July 4 and 21, including seven home matches at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
Visiting marquee players this summer including
Tickets for the 2011 season will go on sale later this month. For tickets, sponsorship and more information, visit http://www.newportbeachbreakers.com or call Tracy Harris at (949) 660-1001.
The Breakers' primary beneficiary is the Hoag Hospital Foundation.