1974 World Team Tennis Standings
By Patrick Mondout
The inaugural season for the WTT began on May 7, 1974 with a match
between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. A match later that night at the Lake
Shore Racquet Club in Chicago drew a somewhat disinterested country club
crowd. Ace's player Graham Stillwell said of the fans: "They don't
seem to be paying much attention to us. They obviously are more interested
in the refreshments."
Billie Jean King was both player and coach of the Philadelphia Freedom
for $100,000. She not only won player of the year but finished second to
Denver's Tony Roche as coach of the year.
Following the season, the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buffalo,
Toronto-Buffalo, Chicago, Houston, Minnesota and Florida franchises
folded. The Detroit Loves moved to Indiana to become the Indiana Loves.
In the WTT Quarterfinals, Minnesota defeated Houston, Detroit lost to
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia beat Cleveland and Denver defeated the Golden
Houston 48-47 (19-28, 29-19)
Pittsburgh over Detroit 63-27 (31-10, 32-17)
Philadelphia over Cleveland 49-44 (26-22, 23-22)
Denver over San Francisco 61-41 (29-17, 32-24)
In the semifinals, Philadelphia defeated Minnesota and Denver beat
Pittsburgh 52-45 (31-21, 21-24)
Denver over Minnesota 54-44 (29-25, 25-18)
Denver beat Philadelphia for the first WTT Championship (known as the
Bancroft Cup). Coach of the Year Tony Roche
led the Racquets squad, which also featured Pam Austin, Francoise Durr,
Kris Kemmer Shaw, Jeff Austin, Stephanie Johnson and Andrew Pattison.
Philadelphia 55-45 (27-21, 28-24)