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Orange County Breakers begin World Team Tennis season this weekend

Steve Johnson, shown playing for the Orange County Breakers in 2017, will again be a key player this season.
Steve Johnson, shown playing for the Orange County Breakers in 2017, will again be a key player for the franchise this season.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

The Orange County Breakers will start — and finish — the 2020 World Team Tennis season far from Orange County.

The league is playing all of its matches this year in one place, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each match will be played at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The good news for Breakers fans, who are used to the team playing at its home venue of Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, is that each WTT match will either be televised or streamed live on CBS, CBS Sports Network, the CBS Sports app, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ or Facebook Watch.

A 14-match regular-season, which runs through July 30, awaits the Breakers. The chase for the King Trophy begins this weekend, as Orange County plays the rival San Diego Aviators at 5 p.m. Sunday Pacific time. The match will be televised on ESPN2.

Orange County will follow that with a match Monday at 6 p.m. against the Philadelphia Freedoms, on CBS Sports Network.

The Breakers have won the league’s championship twice, in 2004 and 2017. They bring back an experienced player this year in Steve Johnson, 30, who is a former Orange High and USC star.

Luke Bambridge of England, 25, returns for his second season with the Breakers. Andreja Klepac of Slovenia, 34, will be in her fourth straight year with the team. She was the 2017 WTT Female MVP after leading Orange County to the title.

Former UCLA star Jennifer Brady, 25, will be in her second WTT season and first with the Breakers. She is ranked No. 48 in the world in women’s singles and was an Australian Open doubles semifinalist in 2019.

Rick Leach returns for his seventh year as head coach of the franchise.

2020 Orange County Breakers schedule

(All matches at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, all times Pacific)

Sunday: Orange County at San Diego, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Monday: Philadelphia at Orange County, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Wednesday: Orange County at Chicago, 8 a.m. (ESPN+)

July 16: Las Vegas at Orange County, 8 a.m. (ESPN+)

July 18: Orlando at Orange County, 9 a.m. (ESPN2)

July 19: San Diego at Orange County, 5 p.m. (ESPN+)

July 20: New York at Orange County, 4 p.m. (Tennis Channel)

July 21: Orange County at Las Vegas, 4 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

July 23: Orange County at Washington, 4 p.m. (ESPN+)

July 24: Orange County at Philadelphia, 12 p.m. (Tennis Channel)

July 25: Orange County at Springfield, 9 a.m. (CBS Sports Network)

July 27: Chicago at Orange County, 8 a.m. (Tennis Channel)

July 29: Orange County at New York, 12 p.m. (Tennis Channel)

July 30: Springfield at Orange County, 9 a.m. (Tennis Channel)

Aug. 1-2: WTT Playoffs (TBD)

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