1978 World Team Tennis Standings
By Patrick Mondout
Changes for the 1978 WTT season included the Cleveland franchise moving
to to New Orleans, the Sea-Port (Seattle Portland) franchise becoming the
Seattle Cascades, and the addition of the Anaheim Oranges as an expansion
The mounting losses became too much for the new league and Indiana
folded just after the regular season ended. The following teams followed
shortly after the playoffs:
- October 27, 1978: New York and runner-up Boston
- November 7, 1978: League champion Los Angeles
- November 8, 1978: San Diego
Then on November 10th, Seattle, New Orleans, and Anaheim joined them
leaving only Phoenix and San Francisco in the league! Nevertheless, the
WTT carried on and even awarded new franchises to Dallas, Los Angeles and
San Diego. A sagging economy and a lack of new investors forced the World
Team Tennis league to cease operations on March 8, 1979.
Boston defeated New Orleans, New York defeated Anaheim, Seattle
defeated San Diego and Los Angeles beat the Golden Gators.
Boston defeated Seattle and New York was defeated by Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Strings claimed the last WTT Championship by defeating
the Boston Lobsters 108-93 (24-21, 30-20, 26-27, 28-25). The Stings were
led by victories in women's singles by Chris Evert over Martina
Navratilova (7-6) and by Ilie Nastase over Tony Roche in men's singles.
Evert won the playoff MVP award.
In addition to Evert and player/coach Nastase, the Stings featured
Vijay Amritraj, Ashok Amritraj, Ann Kiyomura, and Stephanie Tolleson