World TeamTennis will produce the world’s most star-studded and most anticipated professional tennis event since tennis’ worldwide shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic when its players – including the Philadelphia Freedoms’ WTA No. 4-ranked Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion – embark on WTT’s 45th season. WTT has aligned with CBS Sports, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ and Facebook Watch to showcase its fast-paced, furiously competitive and entertaining brand of tennis to its media partners’ domestic and international audiences from beginning to end.
WTT’s 63-match regular season, played from July 12-30 at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, W.V, will either be televised or live-streamed on CBS, CBS Sports Network, the CBS Sports app, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ or Facebook Watch.
For the second consecutive year, CBS Sports will televise the WTT Playoffs live. CBS Sports Network will air the WTT Semifinals at 2 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 1 before CBS’ first live broadcast of the Aug. 2 WTT Final at 12 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel will air replays of all WTT Playoffs matches (broadcast times TBD).
CBS will also broadcast live, exclusive coverage of WTT’s July 19 matchup (joined in progress, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET) between the Washington Kastles – led by 23-time Grand Slam winner (seven singles titles) and four-time Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams and young American star Frances Tiafoe – and the Vegas Rollers – anchored by Bob and Mike Bryan, the winningest and most accomplished doubles team in tennis history, 10-time ATP singles champion and five-time ATP doubles champ Sam Querrey and Monica Puig, the reigning Olympic Gold medalist in women’s singles. The CBS Sports app and Facebook Watch (via WTT’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/WorldTeamTennis) will live-stream the first hour of the Washington-Vegas match, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
All 2020 WTT matches will be available to be streamed on demand through the league’s official website, WTT.com, after each match’s conclusion. WTT’s full three-week season includes 14-match regular season schedules for each of WTT’s nine franchises – the expansion Chicago Smash, New York Empire, Orange County (Calif.) Breakers, Orlando Storm, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, 2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield (Mo.) Lasers, Vegas Rollers and Washington (D.C.) Kastles.
WTT’s 2020 broadcast schedule can be viewed within the league’s official website at WTT.com/schedule. World TeamTennis’ schedule will include at least three matches per day at The Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat Center Court at Creekside outdoor stadium.
More headlining players who will be competing throughout the entire 2020 WTT season include 2017 U.S. Open champ and 2018 French Open finalist Sloane Stephens (Chicago Smash), past World No. 1 and six-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters (New York Empire), eight-time ATP champion and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic (Orange County Breakers), ATP No. 24-ranked Taylor Fritz (Philadelphia Freedoms), two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren (Orlando Storm), 2018 US Open women’s doubles champion and 2017 US Open and Australian Open singles semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe (San Diego Aviators), fan favorite and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Genie Bouchard (Chicago), doubles specialists Rajeev Ram (Chicago), Jean-Julien Rojer (Springfield Lasers), Taylor Townsend (Philadelphia), Fabrice Martin (Philadelphia), Jack Sock (New York) and Neal Skupski (New York), the 2019 WTT Male Most Valuable Player, and American teenagers and WTT rookies Brandon Nakashima (Chicago) and Caty McNally (Springfield).
“World TeamTennis is going to take the sport’s center stage for tennis fans around the world from July 12-Aug. 2 and we are excited to be teaming with an elite group of sports broadcast partners who we consider as leaders in bringing professional tennis into our homes through television and the digital space,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said. “Tennis fans, and sports fans, are thirsty to consume live sports viewing experiences, especially as we are able to offer professional sporting competition open to a climate with fans, and we feel our 45th season in 2020 will be our most talent-laden, most competitive and most watched season yet.”
2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield Lasers will open the WTT season, and their quest for a WTT three-peat, on ESPN+ against the Orlando Storm on July 12 at 12 p.m. ET. WTT’s 2020 television debut comes with its next match when CBS Sports Network airs a WTT Opening Day matchup at 4 p.m. ET between the Chicago Smash and Vegas Rollers, featuring Chicago’s Stephens and Bouchard and Vegas’ Bryan Brothers, Querrey and Puig. Southern California rivals San Diego Aviators and Orange County Breakers square off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ to conclude WTT’s Opening Day.