MANCHESTER— Are you ready to meet your Boston Lobsters?
With those words from Lobster’s emcee Steve Calechman, the Mylan World Team Tennis season officially kicked off at the Manchester Athletic Club’s Joan Norton Tennis Center and the first professional sports team to ever play its home matches on Cape Ann played its first match on its brand new home stadium.
With the New York Sportimes in town, the Lobsters and their opponent gave the several hundred fans in attendance a great match, won by the Lobsters 20-18 and a great atmosphere.
The match began with player introductions and Calechman poking fun at some of the new members of the Lobsters. Jill Craybas was announced as the woman who once beat Serena Williams.
“But that means nothing to her,” Calechman joked. “Because she has yet to play for the Boston Lobsters, until now.”
The Joan Norton Tennis Center also provided a family friendly atmosphere as players signed autographs for their youngest fans on the court following the match. Calechman kept the crowd into the match with his zingers and pleas to get the crowd behind the home team while Abigail Spears of the Sportimes gave the crowd a lesson in the “Cupid Shuffle” during the intermission festivities.
Fans in attendance also got to see a wide variety of tennis in a pair of men’s matches, a pair of women’s matches, and a mixed doubles match. It’s that variety that makes the league so special, according to its players.
“World Team Tennis is such a unique game,” said Eric Butorac, the senior player on the Lobsters with five years service. “It’s the best atmosphere to bring kids to and expose them to tennis. They get to see men, women, singles and doubles. You get to be really loud and cheer. I hope people walk away from this wanting to play tennis.”