WTT Announces Details of Home Opener in California
18 Jul, 2019
Rancho Santa Fe native Taylor Fritz is scheduled to play for the San Diego Aviators in their 2019 World TeamTennis home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at the Omni La Costa Resort Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009.
Fritz, currently ranked No. 42 in the Association of Tennis Professionals singles rankings, and the Aviators will face American Sam Querrey, and the Las Vegas Rollers, who are making their WTT debut this season as an expansion franchise.
The 21-year-old Fritz was born and raised in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and currently lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He defeated former US Open champion Marin Cilic in 2017 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and was named ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2016.
Querrey, a 31-year-old Las Vegas resident, has captured 10 career singles titles on the ATP Tour and has been ranked as high as No. 11 in the ATP singles rankings. He reached the Wimbledon singles semifinals in 2017 and has represented the United States in 14 Davis Cup ties.
“With Taylor in our line-up going head-to-head in singles against a heavy-hitter like Sam Querrey, it’s going to be an incredible opening night for the Aviators and World TeamTennis at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa,” said Coach John Lloyd, who will lead the Aviators for the fifth straight year.
The Aviators roster for the 2019 WTT season includes rising star Astra Sharma of Australia, doubles specialist Jonny O'Mara of Great Britain, American Christian Harrison, and Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who played for the Aviators in 2018.
Fritz will also play for San Diego on Saturday, July 20 when the Aviators travel up the coast to meet their Southern California rival, the Orange County Breakers at the Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, Calif. The Breakers will feature former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in their line-up.
The Aviators will play the following home matches at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
Friday, July 19 San Diego Aviators vs. Las Vegas Rollers 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 San Diego Aviators vs. Springfield Lasers 5 p.m.
Monday, July 22 San Diego Aviators vs. Philadelphia Freedoms 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 San Diego Aviators vs. New York Empire 7 p.m.
Friday, July 26 San Diego Aviators vs. Orange County Breakers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 San Diego Aviators vs. Washington Kastles 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31 San Diego Aviators vs. Orlando Storm 7 p.m.
(All Times PDT)
For the complete home and away schedule, please click here. For ticket information for all San Diego Aviators home matches at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, please click here.
In addition to the Vegas Rollers, the Orlando Storm has joined World TeamTennis this season as an expansion franchise. The Storm will play their WTT matches at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla., while the Rollers will make their home at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The 2019 WTT regular season, which features eight teams, will be played July 14-31. The top four teams will advance to the WTT playoffs at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, with the semifinals scheduled for Friday, August 2, followed by the WTT Finals on Saturday, August 3.
About the San Diego Aviators
Owned by local residents Fred Luddy and Jack McGrory, the Aviators return for their sixth World TeamTennis season. For the fifth consecutive year, the Aviators will make their home on center court at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. Last year the Aviators had local greats Taylor Fritz and Coco Vandeweghe play for them and finished the season in 4th place. Coached by British former professional tennis player, John Lloyd, the team won the WTT championship in 2016 defeating the Orange County Breakers in the WTT Finals. Lloyd will be returning as coach again this season in hopes of bringing the King Trophy back to San Diego. The Aviators will start the 2019 season on the road playing the NY Empire on July 14. For additional information visit www.sandiegoaviators.com.
About World TeamTennis (WTT)
World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with eight teams in major markets competing in the innovative team format for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after tennis icon and founder Billie Jean King. Since the League's debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Sloane Stephens, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Naomi Osaka. Owned by innovator Fred Luddy and entrepreneur Eric Davidson, WTT's 44th season plays from July 14 to July 31, with the league semifinals set for Aug. 2 and the finals Aug. 3. CBS Sports is the official television broadcast partner of WTT. Learn more about the history and league champions of World TeamTennis on the history page.