Andy Roddick is ready to compete for the World Team Tennis title this summer, switching gears from owner to player for his hometown Austin Aces. Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick will switch over from owner to competitor this summer to take part in the World Team Tennis (WTT) tournament in a few days time.
The former No. 1 player retired in 2012 and helped bring the new team to Austin. He’ll play all seven home matches and travel to San Diego, Philadelphia and Springfield, Missouri.
“Once the season starts, I put away my owner’s hat and I want to win,” Roddick said Wednesday. “It’s kind of fun and funky. Most people tell you to be quiet at matches, we tell you to be louder.”
Apart from Roddick, Venus Williams also joined Billie Jean King’s WTT ownership group last year, but plays for the three-time defending champion Washington Kastles.
The WTT season begins July 6, with the final July 27 on ESPN2.
“We are excited to expand the reach of Mylan World TeamTennis with great broadcast partners at ESPN2 and ESPN3,” said Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss. “Access is a cornerstone of our league and this partnership gives us a broader platform to showcase the best in professional team tennis competition and to introduce more fans to our brand.”