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                                                         NEW YORK EMPIRE LOOKS TO LOCAL STUDENTS TO NAME MASCOT

NEW YORK (March 31, 2017) -- The New York Empire presented by Citi is encouraging local tennis teams and high school students to participate in a naming contest for its new mascot. The team, and yet-to-be-named mascot, will call Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., home this season when play gets underway in mid-July. 

“This is a really fun and unique way local tennis players and high school students can get involved with our team,” said International Tennis Hall of Famer and New York Empire Head Coach Gigi Fernandez. “It’s very important for our team to create relationships in our local communities and what better way to start than by having our neighbors name our mascot!”

All local tennis teams are invited to participate in the naming contest that runs through Monday, April 10. The team that eventually creates the mascot moniker will experience a one-of-a-kind day at an upcoming New York Empire match.

Not only will the entire team be a guest of the New York Empire for a match in July, the students will receive official team merchandise, a special photo with the New York Empire roster for the match, and finally, a special announcement recognizing the team during play.

Interested teams can participate by emailing by Monday, April 10 with your high school name and contest entry. Entries must include High School Name, High School Tennis Team Name, High School Coach’s name and contact information, and the team’s suggested name for the New York Empire mascot. 

Once all submissions have been received, Fernandez and General Manager Michele Cope will narrow down all of the suggestions to the top three. Once the top three have been chosen, all players on the New York Empire roster will vote for the winning name.

Tickets start as low as $10 for children age 16-and-under, and $20 for adults. The New York Empire offers both reserved box seats and general admission seating, along with hospitality packages, which include food and beverage service. A limited number of VIP tables are also available. 

Individual match tickets will go on-sale soon. To purchase season tickets or to get more information, please visit or call the New York Empire office at 844-5-EMPIRE

For more information on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit  

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About New York Empire:
The New York Empire presented by Citi are one of six teams competing in Mylan World TeamTennis. The New York Empire will play their home matches on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. between July 16 - August 2. WTT is in its 42nd season as the innovative leader in professional team tennis competition. Team matches consist of five sets, with one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.   One point is awarded for each game won and overall match scoring is cumulative. 

Presenting Sponsor of the New York Empire is Citi. Platinum Sponsors include NYU Langone and GEICO and the USTA Eastern is an Official Sponsor.

About Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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About Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT):
Mylan World TeamTennis showcases the best in professional and recreational team tennis with the innovative team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Professional teams compete for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after King. In July 2015, Mylan WTT became the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone. On the recreational side of the sport, the Mylan WTT Recreational League operates team leagues and events. For more information, visit

New York Empire Media Contacts:
Chris Madigan, BZA PR on behalf of NY Empire:; 212.708.1703
Steve Pratt, BZA PR on behalf of NY Empire:; 310.408.4555

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