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2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens currently ranked #7 will play for New York Empire next month…
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US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who is up for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award, is slated to play for New York Empire…

The New York Empire presented by Citi announced today that 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens will play for the team on Thursday, July 18 at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning when the Empire take on the visiting Orange County (Calif.) Breakers. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale now. It’s the first of back-to-back nights of must-see tennis as seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams will play for the Washington Kastles in New York the following night, July 19.

“New York City holds such a special place in my heart after winning the 2017 US Open here,” said Stephens. “I love the unique and exciting format of World TeamTennis and I cannot wait to come back to NYC this summer and help the Empire get a win in front of the hometown fans.”

While still just 19 years old, Stephens rose to prominence at the 2013 Australian Open with a semifinal run highlighted by an upset of then-world No. 3 Serena Williams. She won three WTA titles in the first half of the 2016 season.

A foot injury sidelined Stephens for 11 months after those three wins but she returned from the injury to win her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open in just her fifth tournament back. The 2017 WTA Comeback Player of the Year entered the 2018 season by winning her first Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open, reaching a second Grand Slam singles final at the French Open, entering the top 10 for the first time and finishing runner-up at the WTA Finals.

“I could not be more excited to work with Sloane this summer,” said Empire head coach Luke Jensen. “She is one of the best players in the world and her addition to the roster will no doubt put us in a better position to reach our ultimate goal of lifting the King Trophy at the end of the season.”

The Empire last week announced the addition of U.S. Davis Cup team captain Mardy Fish to the franchise’s roster for the upcoming 44th season of World TeamTennis (WTT). Fish, the former top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, will take the court on Monday, July 29 and Tuesday, July 30. The current top-ranked American, John Isner, will open the Empire season on Sunday, July 14.

Prior to the New York Empire’s season-opening match on Sunday, July 14 at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, Empire players including Isner and head coach Luke Jensen will play with and against fans as part of the New York Empire Pro-Am benefiting New York Junior Tennis & Learning. Fans who purchase a minimum of four tickets to the match featuring Isner will receive 50% off of tickets of an equal or lesser value for a second match later in the season, some restrictions will apply.

Those purchasing box-seat tickets to the match featuring Venus Williams on July 19 will receive a 20-percent discount for box-seat tickets to all other matches using the special code “JULY19”. The purchases for other matches must be made during the same transaction.

After every Empire home match, fans 16-and-under will be welcomed onto the court to meet players from both teams and get autographs.

Season and individual match tickets can be purchased by visiting New York Empire Tennis Tickets or www.NYEmpireTennis.com. Match tickets start as low as $10 for children age 16-and-under and $25 for adults. The Empire offers both reserved box seats and general admission seating, along with hospitality packages, which include food and beverage service. A limited number of VIP tables are also available.

For more information on the New York Empire, visit www.NYEmpireTennis.com or call the team office at (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473). For more information on World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.

Follow the New York Empire on Instagram: instagram.com/NYEmpireTennis; Twitter: twitter.com/NYEmpireTennis; and like on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis.

The New York Empire presented by Citi competes in the World TeamTennis League. WTT is in its 44th season as the innovative leader in professional team tennis competition.

Team matches consist of five sets, with one set each of men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. One point is awarded for each game won and overall match scoring is cumulative. The Presenting Sponsor of the New York Empire is Citi. Official Sponsors include Bloomberg, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Deborah Slaner Larkin, New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL)/Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, NYU Langone Health and USTA Eastern.

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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(WTT) World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Recognized as the leader in professional team tennis competition, WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the League’s championship trophy named after King. Since the League’s debut, virtually every major champion of the Open era has played WTT, including Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Stefanie Graf, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova, Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Naomi Osaka. WTT will kick off its 44th season in July 2019.

The mission of (NYJTL) New York Junior Tennis & Learning is to develop the character of young people through tennis and education for a lifetime of success on and off the court. Since 1971, NYJTL has changed lives through tennis, education, healthy living, and character development programs. Today, it is the largest youth tennis and education non-profit in the nation, reaching more than 85,000 K-12 New York City youth.

NYJTL celebrates the diversity of the children who participate in every program, providing 3,000,000 hours of year-round programming that serves youth from all five boroughs. During the critical summer months, NYJTL operates in 39 community tennis sites. All NYJTL Community Tennis and Afterschool programs are offered at no cost to its participants.

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