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Boston Lobsters open World TeamTennis season

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MANCHESTER — Tan with slick black hair and a muscular 6-foot-5-inch build, Australian Mark Philippoussis once starred as the bachelor on an NBC dating show. Ten years ago, he faced Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.

Rhode Island native Jill Craybas, 39, turned professional 17 years ago. The petite blonde has seen most of her peers retire or turn to coaching.

Amir Weintraub is Israel’s second-ranked men’s player. At 26, the lanky righty is the country’s next great tennis hope.

They are part of the 2013 Boston Lobsters, and they met for the first time at dinner on Friday. Over the next 16 days, they will compete together.

On Sunday, the Lobsters’ World TeamTennis season opened with a victory against the New York Sportimes.

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