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Denver Racquets

By Patrick Mondout

The Denver Racquets only lasted a single season before moving on to Phoenix (to become, as you might have guessed, the Phoenix Racquets), but oh what a season it was!

Player/coach Tony Roche led his team to the championship against Billie Jean King (who he beat for Coach of the Year honors) and her Philadelphia Freedoms. The Racquets easily defeated the Freedoms 55-45 (27-21, 28-24) to win the first ever World Team Tennis championship.

The Phoenix Racquets made it to the semifinals each of the next two years and signed Chris Evert for the 1976 season. The lost in the finals in 1977 to the New York Sets.

It was all downhill after that loss as the team finished with the second worst record in the league in its last season.



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