In 1974, tennis legend Billie Jean King co-founded a unique and innovative league, World Team Tennis, featuring tennis’ rising stars, fading legends and the game’s top athletes. The team-format and scoring was revolutionary, increasing the pace of play to showcase five events – women’s singles/doubles, men’s singles/doubles, and mixed doubles – in roughly 2-hours.
With franchises across the United States, the traveling team-format exposes the sport of tennis to fans who may not otherwise get the opportunity to see the professional game up close at the Slams, or marquee ATP and WTA events in the U.S. The Lasers joined the league in 1996, and found a home at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield – becoming the first and only team in the league owned and operated by the host city’s parks department.
Shortly after becoming “The Voice of the U.S. Open,” the Springfield Lasers invited Andy Taylor to announce a few of the home matches at Cooper Tennis Complex. For several seasons, he served as the color-commentator for Mediacom Television, covering home matches for viewers across the Midwest. In his final season with Mediacom, the Springfield Lasers won their 4th Western Conference Championship, and competed for the 2013 King Trophy against the Washington Kastles.
Springfield Lasers. Photos through the years…