June 22, 2009
Dear Greenbelt Tennis Players and Enthusiasts,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Greenbelt Tennis Association (GTA) into the World TeamTennis Recreational League! You are in good hands with Richard Gottfried as your WTT League Director. Richard was named WTT’s 2006 League Director of the Year and one of WTT’s Top Ten League Directors in 2008. You’ll make a great team with GTA.
As one of our newest League members, you should know that you join nearly 500,000 tennis players of all ages and abilities in more than 1,000 U.S. cities who share your enthusiasm for World TeamTennis.
WTT works year-round to promote tennis at a number of venues including public parks, schools, colleges, military bases and residential communities. Your League matches will be held at a municipal facility – Braden Field Tennis Courts in Greenbelt, Md. – which is planning to resurface existing courts and add new more energy-efficient lighting.
We are very interested in greening the game and are excited to learn that you are recycling tennis canisters and beverage bottles on your courts – and even considering ways to recycle used tennis balls.
As a way of turning WTT revenue into donations for worthy causes, WTT Charities, Inc., was established in 1987. Its’ purpose is to promote health, fitness, education, and social change. Our programs help the community by giving scholarship aid to younger players who play competitively while managing diabetes.
In parting, I hope you will consider supporting the Washington Kastles, WTT’s professional team in Washington, D.C. The roster for the Kastles includes the amazing Serena Williams, U.S. rising star Coco Vandeweghe, 2009 French Open men’s doubles champion Leander Paes and fan favorite Scott Oudsema, along with their new coach Murphy Jensen. Visiting players also include Anna Kournikova, Venus Williams and John McEnroe. Beginning in early July, matches will be played in Kastles Stadium, a terrific facility in the heart of the nation’s capital. Kastles Stadium is located at the corner of 11th and H Streets, NW. During their first season last summer, the Kastles were near capacity for all their home matches, so if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet – do so soon! Kastles Stadium will also host the 2009 Advanta WTT Finals on July 26. Visit www.WashingtonKastles.com for more information.
We wish you all the best – welcome to WTT!
Billie Jean King
World TeamTennis co-founder