The Rollers have recruited professional players whose names may be familiar to people who follow the game. They include identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful doubles team in the world; Jay Clarke, who, as a teenager competed at Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018; and Asia Muhammad, a Las Vegas resident and ranked doubles player.
Team coach is Tim Blenkiron, winner of the NCAA tennis championship in 1997. The home schedule for the Rollers’ inaugural season is:
July 20: Springfield (Mo.) Lasers
July 21: Philadelphia Freedoms
July 23: New York Empire
July 25: Orange County Breakers
July 28: San Diego Aviators
July 29: Washington (D.C.) Kastles
July 30: Orlando (Fla.) Storm, this year’s other expansion team
Tickets start at about $18, plus taxes and fees. VIP court-side seats cost $183, plus taxes and fees.
Las Vegas will also host the World Team Tennis semifinals Aug. 2 and championship Aug. 3. Both events will be held at the Orleans Arena; tickets for the championship matches are not yet on sale.
Based on promoting gender equity, World Team Tennis was launched in 1974. Billie Jean King was one of the founders.