Boston Lobsters Announce 2009 Schedule: Martina Navratilova & Serena Williams Play at the Boston Lobsters Matches this July

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The Boston Lobsters announced their 2009 schedule today which includes seven home matches and seven away matches in the Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League. This year's highlight include appearances by tennis no. 1 in the world, Serena Williams and returning Boston Lobster legend Martina Navratilova who will both play World Team Tennis this summer at Ferncroft Country Club, home of the Boston Lobsters located conveniently in Middleton, MA.

The Boston Lobsters announced their 2009 schedule today which includes seven home matches and seven away matches in the Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League. This year's highlight include appearances by tennis no. 1 in the world, Serena Williams and returning Boston Lobster legend Martina Navratilova who will both play World Team Tennis this summer at Ferncroft Country Club, home of the Boston Lobsters located conveniently in Middleton, MA.

Martina Navratilova returns for a record 20th WTT season, her 5th for the Lobsters when she plays a home match for the Lobsters on Thursday, July 16. Navratilova is scheduled to play an additional three away matches this season. She is the only player to have competed in WTT for four consecutive decades and was an original member of the Boston Lobsters first organized in the 1970s.

"Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest players in tennis history and our fans love her and appreciate her remarkable talents," said Bahar Uttam, Boston Lobsters CEO. "She is a part of the Lobsters' legacy and we are ecstatic to have her back for another season with the Lobsters."

Serena Williams, winner of ten grand slam tennis titles including the recent 2009 Australian Open and currently ranked No. 1 in the world, makes her first appearance at the Lobsters' stadium on July 9. Williams plays for the Washington Kastles, one of the Lobsters' Eastern Conference rivals. "We know that everyone will enjoy the opportunity to watch Serena, one of the most inspiring athletes in any sport. She represents a new generation of tennis history and has an established fan base throughout New England and the world," said Uttam.

The Lobsters start their 2009 season with away matches on July 2 in St. Louis and July 5 in Albany, NY, where they will take on the defending WTT Champions, the New York Buzz. The Lobsters return to Boston for their first home match on July 6 when they host the Kansas City Explorers.

All home matches begin at 7 p.m. except for the Lobsters Family Day match which starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

The Lobsters will finalize their team lineup at the Advanta WTT Roster Draft on March 31 in Miami.

Season tickets are currently on sale by calling 508-435-6585 or visiting http://www.bostonlobsters.net.

2009 Season sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact Darlene Hayes at 508-435-6585.

Boston plays in the Eastern Conference with the New York Buzz (Albany, N.Y.), New York Sportimes (New York City); Philadelphia Freedoms and the Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are Kansas City Explorers, Newport Beach Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, St. Louis Aces and Springfield Lasers.

For more information on the Advanta WTT Pro League, visit http://www.WTT.com.

2009 BOSTON LOBSTERS SCHEDULE (*home matches in bold):
Thurs., July 2     Boston Lobsters @ St. Louis Aces
Sun., July 5         Boston Lobsters @ New York Buzz
*Mon., July 6     Kansas City Explorers @ Boston Lobsters
*Tues., July 7     Sacramento Capitals @ Boston Lobsters
*Thurs., July 9     Washington Kastles (Serena Williams) @ Boston Lobsters
Fri., July 10         Boston Lobsters @ Philadelphia Freedoms (Andre Agassi)
Sat., July 11         Boston Lobsters @ Kansas City Explorers
*Sun., July 12     Philadelphia Freedoms @ Boston Lobsters
Tues., July 14     Boston Lobsters (Martina Navratilova) @ New York Buzz
Wed., July 15     Boston Lobsters (Martina Navratilova) @ NY Sportstimes (John McEnroe)
*Thurs., July 16     Springfield Lasers @ Boston Lobsters (Martina Navratilova)
*Sat., July 18     New York Buzz @ Boston Lobsters - Family Day 4pm start
Mon., July 20     Boston Lobsters (Martina Navratilova) @ Philadelphia Freedoms
*Wed., July 22     New York Buzz @ Boston Lobsters

About Advanta WTT Pro League:
The 34th season of the Advanta WTT Pro League runs July 2-26, concluding with the Advanta WTT Championship Weekend where teams battle for the coveted King Trophy.

WTT is well known for introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, co-ed format, multi-colored courts, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers and player names on back of their shirts.

Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match.

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