World TeamTennis has announced that the Chicago Smash will be the competition’s ninth franchise for the 2020 season.
The team will play home matches at the Credit Union 1 Arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Smash is World TeamTennis’s third expansion franchise in the past year, following the addition of the Orlando Storm and Vegas Rollers in 2019. Chicago also had one of the league’s eight charter franchises in 1973.
Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens will play select matches for the Smash, which will be coached by Stephens’ coach Kamau Murray.
“We feel like Chicago is an important market for World TeamTennis and are excited to debut the new Smash franchise as our ninth team,” WTT chief executive Carlos Silva said. “With the team tennis format on the rise, and World TeamTennis at the forefront of its growing popularity, we look forward to returning to one of our original host franchise cities in a tennis-rich area like Chicago.”