Philadelphia Freedoms will play tennis this summer — in a different state

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Freedoms will in fact play all their matches this upcoming season — just not too close to home.

The team was supposed to start playing World Team Tennis matches this summer on Drexel University’s campus, but that was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, they’ll play 400 miles away.

“The league has come up with the idea of playing at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, bringing all nine teams in, playing all 66 matches that would normally be played around the country,” said team President Barbara Perry.

And, fans will be able to watch in-person. About 500 people can enter the 2,500-seat venue. The space allows 20% capacity.

She hopes Philly fans will take those country roads down to West Virginia to cheer on the Freedoms.

“For Philadelphia people, you can drive down,” said Perry. “There will be some package deals the Greenbrier is going to offer, so we think that’s really nice. It would be great to have some of our fans down there.”

Wherever they play, she said the Freedoms are just happy to play at all.

“The fact that we can play is overriding that,” Perry added. “Everyone is very excited about the fact they will be playing tennis, they will be competing.”

Some of the games will also be televised. The season starts on July 14.