Local tennis star visits Cabrini en route to Athens

By Christina Williams
September 9, 2004

For the last four years Cabrini College has been the host to the Philadelphia Freedoms. The Freedoms are one of ten tennis teams that make up the World Team Tennis tour.

The Freedoms got their name from the famous Elton John song “Philadelphia Freedoms.” The team is owned by famous women’s tennis player Billie Jean King.

The Freedoms is made up of marquee players and other professional tennis players. This year the Freedoms added marquee player Patrick Rafter. Other marquee players include Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova.

The marquee players are chosen through draft picks just like the NBA or the NFL. All marquee players who chose to play for the season enter their names. Then each team’s general manager chooses the marquee player of their choice. This year the Freedoms got first pick and chose Rafter.

Even though the marquee players are the famous ones on the team; it does not mean there are not other players making a statement. Lisa Raymond, who plays for the Freedoms and lives in Wayne, Pa., was a participant at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

After Jennifer Capriati pulled out of the Olympics due to an injury, Raymond was chosen to take her spot. Raymond defeated Kurhajcova in the first round and Silvia Farina-Elia in the second round. However, Raymond only made it to the third round of the Olympics where she was defeated by Alicia Molik.

Recently Raymond just competed in the 2004 US Open being played in Flushing Meadows, N. Y. Still, Raymond only made it to the third round when she was defeated by Justine Henin-Hardenne. To get to the third round Raymond beat Alina Jidkova in the first round and Maria Kirilenko in the second round.

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