I think of tennis as such a rich, snooty person thing. It’s a workout for sure, but it also involves a wealthy audience, fancy equipment, and traveling around the world to play the best people from every nation. I had no idea that there were actually smaller U.S. teams.
But thank you, Robert Kraft, for showing me how wrong I am. Yes, owner of the mega-power conglomerate that is Kraft Foods, and owner of that lil scandal team the New England Patriots; he also owns the Boston Lobsters.
The World TeamTennis league is the coed professional tennis league in the U.S. It was founded in 1973, and was so unpopular that by 1978, operations stopped and they were no more. But, thanks to Billie Jean King, who is well known as ex-wife of Larry King and is actually a really great tennis player, the WTT came back, and so did the Boston Lobsters.
during action in a World Team Tennis game at Ferncroft Country Club in Middleton, Mass., Thursday, July 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Larry T. Lobster is the official team mascot, who looks friendly and not as stuck-up as most tennis players. He is wearing pretty nice shorts though. Larry is thankful for his job because he gets to make kids smile, and because it saves him from being eaten by seafood-loving Bostonians.
He’s always got that happy/scared/worried smile going. Though in this case, I don’t blame him… we all know how wild middle-aged ladies can get when they have a little wine.