Sports Broadcasting Veteran To Serve As Court Announcer For All Six Matches Of Team’s Inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis Season At Historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CBS Sports Radio host and Gracie Award winner Amy Lawrence will serve as the “Voice of the New York Empire” for the squad’s upcoming inaugural Mylan World TeamTennis season, July 31 through August 12 at historic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club, the team announced today. The host of the popular overnight radio program “After Hours with Amy Lawrence,” heard on hundreds of stations nationwide, online and via mobile app, will help the crowd follow along with all the action as well as host interviews with coaches and players during the six home matches of the NY Empire presented by Citi.
A well-traveled veteran and pioneer of sports radio and television, Lawrence has been with CBS Radio since 2013 and recently won a Gracie Award for best host of a sports program. She previously spent nine years at ESPN Radio where she was the only regular female host. Local radio stops include Providence, R.I.; Lebanon, N.H.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Oklahoma City, Okla., where she was the first female in state history to pilot her own sports radio talk show.
Lawrence has handled basketball play-by-play and color duties for various radio and TV outlets over the past 15 years, and served as the voice of University of Hartford women’s hoops for six seasons (2008-14). She recently called her first two games on the Westwood One Radio Network, including an NCAA Tournament Regional Final. She has also emceed events at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., introducing and interviewing players.
“We are excited to have someone as creative and energetic as Amy Lawrence bring her voice to Empire matches this summer,” said Empire General Manager, Colleen Hopkins. “Her skill sets will be vital in highlighting the competitive, exciting atmosphere that is New York Empire Tennis, as well as bringing the fans as close as possible to the players and on-court strategy.”
Two former World No. 1 players are among the talent that will hit the courts this summer at The West Side Tennis Club. WTA Tour star Caroline Wozniacki will lead her Philadelphia Freedoms into town on August 1 and the Empire’s Andy Roddick will play for the first time in Forest Hills on August 9. The Empire’s full season roster also includes New Jersey resident Christina McHale who upset world No. 20 Karolina Pliskova last Monday at a WTA tournament in Madrid. Other Empire home dates are July 31, August 3, August 11 and August 12.
Tickets for all home matches are on sale online at www.nyempiretennis.com. VIP ticket packages are also on sale and include Courtside Tables, Front Row Baseline Boxes and Premium Baseline Individual Season Tickets. VIP packages include access to full food and beverage service, hospitality opportunities with our players and coach, and much more. For full pricing details, general information, or to place an order, email Brian Healey at briannyempiretennis.com or call (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).
Fans can follow the team at www.NYEmpireTennis.com and on Twitter (nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis).
About the New York Empire
The New York Empire presented by Citi will play their first season at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the coach of the Empire, former US Open champion Andy Roddick will be a marquee player on the team, and New Jersey native and one of the top American women, Christina McHale headlines the roster. The Empire roster also features Guido Pella of Argentina, and doubles specialists María Irigoyen also of Argentina and Oliver Marach of Austria. The stadium hosted the US Open Tennis Championships a total of 60 times, first from 1915 to 1920, and then again from 1924 to 1977. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts. Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, and Mumford & Sons headline the 2016 Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series.
About Mylan World TeamTennis
The New York Empire is one of six Mylan World TeamTennis teams that will compete in the innovative professional team tennis league for the King Trophy, the championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.