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1976 World Team Tennis Standings

By Patrick Mondout

Attendance was up at almost every city. Ironically enough, the champion New York Sets home matches were poorly attended owing partly to playing in the relative obscurity of Nassau. World Team Tennis franchises, as usual, had no trouble signing the top female players but could not get most of the top men to do so. The WTT newcomers for 1976 included Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

An all-star game was held in Oakland, which was won this time by the West (28-27).

Last year's champions, the Pittsburgh Triangles, once again led the WTT in wins but folded after the season ended.

 
WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB
Phoenix Racquets 30 14 .682 --
San Francisco Golden Gaters 28 16 .636 2
Los Angeles Strings 22 22 .500 8
San Diego Fliers 13 31 .295 17
Hawaii Leis 12 32 .273 18
EASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB
Pittsburgh Triangles 33 10 .767 --
New York Sets 24 20 .545 9.5
Boston Lobsters 20 24 .455 13.5
Indiana Loves 19 25 .432 14.5
Cleveland Nets 18 25 .419 15
 

Semifinals

In the 1976 WTT Semifinals, the New York Sets defeated the Pittsburgh Triangles and San Francisco defeated Phoenix.

New York over Pittsburgh 82-73 (25-26, 29-21, 28-26)
San Francisco over Phoenix 54-34 (32-16, 24-18)

Championship

The New York Sets defeated San Francisco 3-0 for the 1976 WTT championship. The Sets were led by player/coach Fred Stolle and featured Billie Jean King, Sandy Mayer, Virginia Wade, Phil Dent, Lindsey Beaven, and Linda Siegelman.

New York over San Francisco 91-57 (31-23, 29-21 and 31-13) 

 

 

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