Corporate tennis teams in the Twin Cities from Boston Scientific and Medtronic have won World TeamTennis division titles this year. These corporate teams are now eligible to compete at the World TeamTennis National Tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., in November.
|Medtronic team members include (l to r) Megan Steiger, Carl Wahlstrand, captain Wenmei Qi, Sara Humann and Josh Bliss. Not pictured are Derek Beiningen, Dan Boulay, and Rob Mezera.|
The Boston Scientific Spindevils won the 3.0 division. In the 3.5 division, the Boston Scientific Wenckebachers captured first place with an undefeated record. The Boston Scientific Overhead Smashers earned the trophy for the 4.0 division. In an extremely close race, Medtronic, new to Corporate World TeamTennis this summer, won the 4.5 division over rival (and 2007 National Champion) the Boston Scientific Heart Strings.
World TeamTennis competition features men and women playing in both singles and doubles matches. Each match uses no-ad scoring, substitutions, and encourages teams to bring along a cheering section.
|Boston Scientific Spindevils won the 3.0 division. Pictured (l to r) are Bharat Jain, Elizabeth Merkel, Rachel Voss, Jessica Santos-Jimenez, and captain Prasad Thorat. Not pictured Sarah Hoffman, Michael Howard, Rita Van Pelt and Piotr Waszczuk. |
World TeamTennis had its inaugural corporate season nationally in 2005, and corporate leagues were formed in 10 cities across the United States. The Twin Cities WTT leagues have seen dramatic growth, with nearly 250 players on 21 teams competing this year in four divisions (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5). Companies fielding WTT teams in 2008 included Boston Scientific, Ernst & Young, General Dynamics, General Mills, the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Association, Honeywell, Land O' Lakes, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, MTS, PTC, US Bank and USTA Northern.
|The Boston Scientific 4.0 team will represent USTA Northern at the WorldTeam Tennis National Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.|
Matches were held in a variety of Twin Cities outdoor locations including Baseline Tennis Center at the U of M, Brookview Park, Dred Scott Playfield, Edgewood Middle School, Jefferson High School, Kennedy High School, Mounds View High School, Northdale Middle School, North Oaks Recreation Center, Oak Grove Middle School, Rahn Park, Roseville High School, Rotary Northside Park, and Sky Hill Park.
|The Boston Scientific Wenckebachers won the 3.5 flight. Pictured (l to r) are Mark Wukawitz, Kathy Lundberg and Kella Prill. Not pictured Shannon Floyd, Erin Higgins, Ursula Kuhrmeyer, Pratik Pandya, captain Kunal Paymaster, Sarah Peterson and Aaron Stab.|
Corporate World TeamTennis in the Twin Cities is sponsored by the World TeamTennis national organization, the Greater Twin Cities Tennis Association, and participating companies.
For more information about World TeamTennis, visit www.wtttwincities.com, call the Twin Cities WTT League Director Bob Williams at 763-488-9986, or e-mail Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.