February 11, 2016

Washington Kastles and Austin Aces Set to Face-Off for World Team Tennis Title

wtt 40th season

(July 30, 2015) – The Austin Aces topped the California Dream 25-14 to win the Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship late Thursday night in Austin and advance to their first Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, August 2. The Aces will face the Washington Kastles who are seeking a record fifth consecutive Mylan WTT title. The Kastles defeated the Philadelphia Freedoms 25-9 earlier in the evening to win the Eastern Conference title and advance to the Finals.


The Washington Kastles will look to claim a record-breaking fifth consecutive Mylan World TeamTennis title after cruising to win their fifth Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship in a row Thursday evening 25-9 over the Philadelphia Freedoms in Washington, DC. The Kastles will host the winner of tonight’s Mylan WTT Western Conference Champion Austin Aces on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. ET. The championship match is set to air live on ESPN3, with ESPN2 joining in progress at 1:00 p.m. ET.


The Kastles are aiming to become the first team in the 40-season history of Mylan WTT to win five straight King Trophies, having joined the 1997-2000 Sacramento Capitals with their 2014 triumph. The Kastles are also looking to equal the Capitals mark of six overall championships.


Washington Kastles Four-Peat at WTT Champions

Photo of 2014 Mylan WTT Champion Washington Kastles attached – photo credit Camerawork USA. (front row – Anastasia Rodionova, Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds; back row – Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Kastles coach Murphy Jensen and Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King).

Photo of 2014 Mylan WTT Champion Washington Kastles attached – photo credit Camerawork USA. (front row – Anastasia Rodionova, Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds; back row – Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Kastles coach Murphy Jensen and Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King).

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 27, 2014) – The Washington Kastles defeated the Springfield Lasers 25-13 at the Mylan World TeamTennis Finals in Springfield, Mo., on Sunday afternoon to become only the second team in the league’s 39-year history to win four consecutive titles. The Kastles were led by Hall of Famer Martina Hingis who posted a pivotal 5-2 singles win over Olga Govortsova and was named Mylan WTT Finals MVP.
The Kastles tie the mark of four consecutive titles set by Sacramento between 1997-2000. This is also Washington’s fifth title in the past six years. For the second year in a row, the Kastles became the first franchise to win all five sets in the Mylan WTT Finals since the league switched to a first to five games format in 1999. In their win over Springfield, the Kastles claimed the majority of the critical 3-all points, winning seven of 10.
It was the Lasers’ fifth trip to the Finals and probably the most unexpected after a season that started with three consecutive losses and season-ending injuries to three of their four starters.
The Kastles were in charge from the opening set when Bobby Reynolds, in his last professional singles match, edged Springfield’s Michael Russell 5-4. Reynolds and Russell traded service breaks early on but held serve through the rest of the set to take it to a 9-point tiebreaker. Reynolds closed out the tiebreaker 5-3 for the 5-4 set win and an important early lead.
“We knew Springfield was solid. I had some trouble with Mike the first two times we played,” said Reynolds. “I knew I needed to get to five. That was my goal today. I got down a break but I was able to fight back. One thing about Mylan WTT is that you have to win those 3-all points and if you do, it’s in your favor in the end.”
Two of Mylan WTT’s best faced off for the first time in women’s singles. Springfield’s Olga Govortsova jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after breaking serve on a Hingis double fault. Surprisingly, Govortsova returned the favor in the next game with a double fault to give Hingis a service break. Hingis got back on track serving an ace to even up the set at 2-2. She reeled off five straight games and converted four 3-all game points for a 5-2 victory that set the course for the afternoon.
“It was a great day here in Springfield for me, obviously with getting the Finals MVP,” Hingis said. “I don’t know if I have been as nervous before in my career with playing in the Finals for my team, because you have no time to miss anything. Everything is quick. You have to keep it sweet!”
Reynolds final time on court was a fitting end to a shining Mylan WTT career as he teamed with Leander Paes to shut down Russell and Ross Hutchins 5-2. Washington broke Springfield’s service game twice and wrapped up the set with a Reynolds volley winner to give the Kastles a commanding 15-8 halftime lead.
Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova added to the Kastles lead in women’s doubles, running past Govortsova and Liga Dekmeijere-Thomas 5-1. Hingis then paired up with Paes to bring home the victory and the Kastles fifth King Trophy with a 5-4 win in mixed doubles over Govortsova and Hutchins.

Mylan World TeamTennis Finals – Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo.

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Springfield Lasers 25-13

MEN’S SINGLES: Bobby Reynolds (Washington Kastles) def. Michael Russell (Springfield Lasers) 5-4
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Martina Hingis (Washington Kastles) def. Olga Govortsova (Springfield Lasers) 5-2
MEN’S DOUBLES: Bobby Reynolds/Leander Paes (Washington Kastles) def. Michael Russell / Ross Hutchins (Springfield Lasers) 5-2
WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Martina Hingis / Anastasia Rodionova (Washington Kastles) def. Olga Govortsova/ Liga Dekmeijere-Thomas (Springfield Lasers) 5-1
MIXED DOUBLES: Martina Hingis / Leander Paes (Washington Kastles) def. Ross Hutchins / Olga Govortsova (Springfield Lasers) 5-4

MYLAN WTT FINALS MVP: Martina Hingis (Washington Kastles)


World Team Tennis Results for July 11, 2014



Mylan World TeamTennis – Results for Friday, 7/11

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

TEXAS WILD def. Philadelphia Freedoms 22-21 (7-1 STB)

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Frank Dancevic (Freedoms) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Darija Jurak\Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) def. Liezel Huber\Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) def. Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) 5-3

Supertiebreaker – Men’s Doubles – Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) def. Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) 1-0 (7-1)


Washington Kastles def. AUSTIN ACES 25-10

Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Andy Roddick (Aces) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Treat Huey\Andy Roddick (Aces) 5-4

Mixed Doubles – Martina Hingis\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Vera Zvonareva\Treat Huey (Aces) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Eva Hrdinova\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-1



Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB
Washington Kastles 5 5 0 1.000 0.0
Philadelphia Freedoms 4 1 3 0.250 3.5
Boston Lobsters 4 0 4 0.000 4.5
Western Conference MP W L PCT MB
Texas Wild 5 4 1 0.800 0.0
Austin Aces 4 2 2 0.500 1.5
San Diego Aviators 4 2 2 0.500 1.5
Springfield Lasers 4 1 3 0.250 2.5


Next Matches: 7/12/2014


Boston Lobsters @ SAN DIEGO AVIATORS, 7:00 PM PDT

Philadelphia Freedoms @ AUSTIN ACES, 7:30 PM CDT


Kastles Three-Peat as World TeamTennis Champions


Washington, DC (July 28, 2013) — The Washington Kastles became just the second team in history to three-peat at the Mylan World TeamTennis Finals presented by GEICO after defeating the Springfield Lasers on Sunday 25-12 in front of a sold out home crowd at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf. The Kastles joined elite company with the Sacramento Capitals, who won a record four straight titles from 1997-2000.


Washington is the first franchise to take all five sets in the Mylan WTT Finals since the league switched to a first to five games format in 1999. It also marked the largest margin of victory by a winning team in the title match during this time, breaking the previous mark held by the Capitals in 2002 when they beat the New York Buzz by eight games.


The Kastles lifted their fourth King Trophy in five years and added to their triumph over the Lasers in 2009, which also came in Washington. Leander Paes, Mylan WTT Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen and owner Mark Ein have been involved with every championship team. Bobby Reynolds has been a part of three winning squads, while Anastasia Rodionova celebrated her second title and Mylan WTT Female MVP Martina Hingis captured her second overall (2005 New York Sportimes) and first with the Kastles.


Reynolds was named Mylan WTT Finals MVP after winning 10 games from the 13 he played in his two sets.


“To come out and play in front of [the fans] here is amazing,” Reynolds said in his acceptance speech. “I want to also thank my great team. We have so much support on the bench. This is a team effort. “


With the start of play delayed two hours by rain, the Kastles flipped the switch by having their usual closer  Reynolds get things started in men’s singles against Rik de Voest. Reynolds consistently applied pressure in de Voest’s service games and after missing out on four break points in the second game, broke the South African twice to defeat de Voest 5-1 for the second time this season.


The second set saw Hingis take the court for the first time, alongside Rodionova against Vania King and Mylan WTT Female Rookie of the Year Alisa Kleybanova in women’s doubles. Up 3-2, the Lasers missed out on two break point chances, and Hingis and Rodionova went on to claim the final three games to extend the Kastles’ lead.


“I am a first time Kastle. It’s a great team,” Hingis said. “I love everyone and I hope I can play here again next year!”


Washington maintained the momentum, as Reynolds and Paes won another three-all point to hold in the opening men’s doubles game versus de Voest and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Kastles broke Rojer’s serve to move ahead 4-2, and while the Lasers substituted in Andy Roddick for de Voest, the Kastles closed out the set to open up a 15-6 advantage at halftime.


Hingis and Kleybanova squared off in women’s singles. Hingis showed why she topped the league leaders in the event during the regular season by showcasing her variety and creative angles to thwart the Russian’s powerful ground game for a 5-2 set win.


The final set of mixed doubles was the most competitive of the evening. Hingis and Paes took a 4-2 lead over Kleybanova and Roddick, but the Lasers fought back to force a tiebreaker. Paes clinched the title for the Kastles with a forehand return winner.


For more information on Mylan World TeamTennis, visit www.WTT.com.



MYLAN WTT FINALS presented by GEICO – July 28, 2013


WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Springfield Lasers, 25-12


MEN’S SINGLES:  Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Rik de Voest (Lasers) 5-1

WOMEN’S DOUBLES:  Martina Hingis/Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova/Vania King (Lasers) 5-3

MEN’S DOUBLES:  Bobby Reynolds/Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Jean-Julien Rojer/Andy Roddick (Lasers) 5-2

WOMEN’S SINGLES:  Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) 5-2

MIXED DOUBLES:  Martina Hingis/Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Alisa Kleybanova/Andy Roddick (Lasers) 5-4


Mylan WTT Finals MVP:  Bobby Reynolds, Washington Kastles



Kastles and Lasers Reach World TeamTennis Finals

(July 25, 2013) –The Springfield Lasers will return to the Mylan WTT Finals presented for the first time since 2009 after winning the Mylan WTT  Western Conference title with a 25-9 win over the Texas Wild on Thursday evening in Springfield.


The Lasers will take on the two-time defending champion Washington Kastles on Sunday, July 28, at 5pm ET in the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO. The match will be held at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf in Washington, DC.  The Kastles defeated the Boston Lobsters 25-12 earlier on Thursday evening to win the Eastern Conference Championship.


In Thursday’s action, the Lasers took advantage of their home court at Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex early, jumping out to a lead with Rik de Voest’s 5-3 win over Texas’ Alex Bogomolov Jr.


Before the match, league officials announced that Jean-Julien Rojer was the 2013 Mylan WTT Male MVP while teammate Alisa Kleybanova was named Mylan WTT Female Rookie.  In the second set, Rojer and Kleybanova showed off the skills that earned them those accolades with a 5-3 win in mixed doubles over Bogomolov and Eugenie Bouchard.


The league’s top ranked men’s doubles team of Rojer and de Voest dominated Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi  5-1 to take a 15-7 halftime lead.

Kleybanova was too strong for Bouchard, reeling off a 5-1 win in women’s singles.  She then teamed with Vania King to close out the night with a 5-1 win in women’s doubles and the overall 25-9 victory for Springfield.


Springfield coach John-Laffnie de Jager was thrilled with his team’s effort against Texas.  “This win means a lot.  I can’t say enough about this team and the way they produced.  The Rookie of the Year (Kleybanova) and the Most Valuable Player (Rojer) showed why they got their prizes.”


Kleybanova has enjoyed her first Mylan WTT experience but she says it is not yet complete.  “We’re not just happy to be in the finals, we want to win it.  We have an unbelievable team.  We help each other and the results show it.”


Andy Roddick will join his Lasers teammates on the court for Sunday’s finals.  “Andy brings experience and a great presence to our team,” said de Jager.  “He’s part of this team, he cares for the team and he wants the team to win.”  The Springfield squad, led by coach John-Laffnie de Jager, also includes Vania King, Rik de Voest, Jean-Julien Rojer and Alisa Kleybanova.


The Kastles lineup will include 2013 Female MVP Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds and Anastasia Rodionova.  Washington is coached by 2013 Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen.

Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Thursday, 7/25

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship presented by GEICO:  SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Texas Wild 25-9

Men’s Singles – Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Vania King (Lasers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Tara Snyder (Wild) 5-1

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Boston Lobsters 25-12 (OT)

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Anastasia Rodionova\Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Katalin Marosi\Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Amir Weintraub\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-4

Overtime – Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 1-0



Martina Hingis, Jean-Julien Rojer capture World TeamTennis MVP Honors


NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 25, 2013) – Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis of the Washington Kastles and top 20 doubles specialist Jean-Julien Rojer of the Springfield Lasers were named as the Mylan World TeamTennis MVPs today.


Steve Johnson of the Orange County Breakers and Alisa Kleybanova of the Springfield Lasers were named as Mylan WTT Rookies of the Year, while Murphy Jensen of the Washington Kastles was named Mylan WTT Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.


The Kastles and the Lasers are both the top seeds in their respective conferences at the Mylan WTT Conference Championships presented by GEICO on July 25.  The Lasers will face the Texas Wild, while the Kastles and Lobsters will play for the Eastern Conference title.  The Conference Champions face off for the King Trophy on Sunday, July 28 at 5:00 PM EDT on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion. For more information on the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, visit WTT.com/Finals.



MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP:  Martina Hingis, Washington Kastles

Hingis wins the Female MVP for the second consecutive season, finishing first in women’s singles this season with a .700  winning percentage, up more than 10 percent from last season.  Hingis teamed with Leander Paes to finish as the top-ranked team in mixed doubles at .595 and .591, respectively. The Kastles remain undefeated when the five-time Grand Slam singles champion headlines their squad.  This is the 6th season for Hingis, who is playing her first season with the Washington Kastles and plans to make a return to the WTA Tour in doubles later this summer.  Hingis and her Kastles teammates have advanced to the Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship against the Boston Lobsters on Thursday, July 25.


“It’s great playing Mylan World TeamTennis again this year and I’m flattered to have such great partners,” said Hingis. “Being on the best team definitely makes it easier to win MVP. Refuse to lose!”



MYLAN WTT MALE MVP:  Jean-Julien Rojer, Springfield Lasers

Rojer finished his second regular season of Mylan WTT with an impressive 66-45 record in men’s doubles and 60-53 in mixed doubles, compiling a .563 winning percentage over the two disciplines. Rojer showed his versatility, playing with partners including former No. 1 Andy Roddick, former top 20 player and 2013 Mylan WTT Rookie of the Year Alisa Kleybanova, and Rik de Voest. In his debut 2011 season, Rojer was Rookie of the Year as he helped lead the St. Louis Aces to the Western Conference Championships and a run to the Finals.


“I’m really excited to win MVP,” said Rojer.  “This is due in large part to my Springfield Lasers teammates.  We are a very close group and get along very well.  This is even more special because I have had an opportunity to play with everyone on the team this season.  I know this is an individual award but in my eyes it is a team award as everyone on this team has been a part of it.”


Rojer also credited the Lasers management and Springfield community for their support.  “Everyone here has welcomed me with open arms from our owner John Cooper to all the staff and the fans.  They have a great organization here and I am happy to win this award for them.”



MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Steve Johnson, Orange County Breakers

Steve Johnson made a successful debut with the Orange County Breakers. Despite ultimately placing third in the Western Conference, the young American was the No. 2 men’s singles player in the league, amassing a 62-47 record for the season. He was equally successful in men’s doubles, pairing with doubles specialist Treat Huey to go 64-53. In the middle of the season, Johnson helped lead the Breakers to four consecutive victories.


“It was an honor to play my first Mylan World TeamTennis season in Orange County with the Breakers, my hometown team, and being named Rookie of the Year is definitely something special,” said Johnson.



MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Alisa Kleybanova, Springfield Lasers

The Springfield Lasers finished as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, large in part to Mylan WTT Female Rookie of the Year, Alisa Kleybanova. The Russian was a top 20 stalwart before a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis derailed her career for over two years. Now cancer-free, Kleybanova is working on a comeback that has seen her cap a successful return with a stellar Mylan WTT debut season. Playing in all three disciplines (singles, women’s doubles and mixed), Kleybanova finished with a spectacular .573 winning percentage for the 2013, and has only improved as the season has wore on.


“I am very happy to receive this award,” said Kleybanova.  “My first season of Mylan World TeamTennis has been amazing!  I’m hopeful I can play more seasons in the future as it’s been a lot of fun with my teammates.”



MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:  Murphy Jensen, Washington Kastles

For the third year in a row, Murphy Jensen was named WTT Coach of the Year.  He led the Kastles to their third consecutive Eastern Conference Championships. At the beginning of the season, the Kastles won their 34th consecutive match, breaking the record for consecutive wins held by a U.S. major pro sports team (a record previously held by the 1971-72 LA Lakers). This is Jensen’s fifth season coaching the Kastles.  He led the franchise to the King Trophy in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and the Kastles are the top seed in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals.


“It’s a dream come true,” said Jensen. “I dedicate this to my dad Howard Otto Jensen who passed away April 12th. Best coach I’ve ever known.”




MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP:  Martina Hingis (Washington Kastles)

MYLAN WTT MALE MVP:  Jean-Julien Rojer (Springfield Lasers)

MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE: Alisa Kleybanova (Springfield Lasers)

MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE:  Steve Johnson (Orange County Breakers)

MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:  Murphy Jensen (Washington Kastles)




World TeamTennis: Texas Wild down New York Sportimes, 22-20

John McEnroe

NEW YORK, July 22, 2013 – Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi won his men’s doubles and mixed doubles events, leading the Texas Wild to a 22-20 win over the NY Sportimes in a Mylan World TeamTennis matchup at SPORTIME Randall’s Island in Manhattan. The night, which featured Tennis Hall of Famers John McEnroe for the Sportimes and Jim Courier for the Wild, also benefited the Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), which provides scholarships, coaching, transportation and other financial assistance to qualified young tennis players in the greater New York area.

Texas (8-5) got off to a strong start as the men’s doubles team of Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Qureshin won, 5-2, over Robert Kendrick and Jesse Witten, with McEnroe substituting in for Witten during the event, permitted in Mylan WTT play. The Wild extended their advantage to 10-4 when Eugenie Bouchard topped Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 5-2.

Then in the matchup of marquee players, McEnroe and Courier played an entertaining men’s singles set, splitting the first eight games en route to a tiebreak, which McEnroe won for a 5-4 win to cut the Sportimes’ deficit to 14-9 at halftime.

McEnroe stayed on court for a third match, teaming with Kveta Peschke in mixed doubles vs. Darija Jurak and Qureshi. The Sportimes duo battled back from a 4-2 deficit, but the visitors came away with a 5-4 win to boost the Wild’s lead to 19-13.

Facing the six-game deficit, the Sportimes’ women’s doubles team of Groenefeld and Peschke had the nearly impossible task of winning the set, overtime and supertiebreak to pull out the match. They won the set, 5-2, over Jurak and Bouchard then won the first two games of overtime to trail by just a game. But on Bouchard’s serve in the third overtime game, Texas closed out the match.

The Sportimes (4-8) dropped their fifth straight, and remain in a three-way tie for second place in the Mylan WTT Eastern Conference along with Boston and Philadelphia, which both also fell in matches on Monday.

On Tuesday the Sportimes close the home season with a matchup with the Washington Kastles, with former Sportimes star Martina Hingis.

Mylan World TeamTennis

Texas Wild 22, NY Sportimes 20, OT

Men’s Doubles, Alex Bogomolov Jr./Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) d. Robert Kendrick/Jesse Witten (John McEnroe substitution), 5-2

Women’s Singles, Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 5-2

Men’s Singles, McEnroe (Sportimes) d. Jim Courier, 5-4

Mixed Doubles, Darija Jurak/Qureshi (Wild) d. Kveta Peschke/McEnroe, 5-4

Women’s Doubles, Peschke/Groenefeld (Sportimes) d. Bouchard/Jurak, 5-2

OT: Peschke/Gronefeld (Sportimes) d. Bouchard/Jurak, 2-1

World Team Tennis Results:

WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP SET:  With their wins tonight, the Springfield Lasers and Texas Wild will face each other in the Western Conference Championship on Thursday, July 25, on the court of the team with the best record in the Western Conference.  The top-seeded team in the Western Conference is yet to be determined.  These two teams join the Washington Kastles in the playoff field for the 2013 post season.  The second seed in the Eastern Conference Championship has yet to be determined.


Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Monday, 7/22

(Home teams in capital letters)


FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:


Springfield Lasers def. BOSTON LOBSTERS 23-15 (OT)

Men’s Singles – Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Vania King (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) def. Alisa Kleybanova\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) 5-2

Overtime – Mixed Doubles – Vania King\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 1-0


Texas Wild def. NEW YORK SPORTIMES 22-20 (OT)

Men’s Doubles – Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) def. Robert Kendrick\John McEnroe (Sportimes) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) 5-2

Men’s Singles – John McEnroe (Sportimes) def. Jim Courier (Wild) 5-4

Mixed Doubles – Darija Jurak\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) def. Kveta Peschke\John McEnroe (Sportimes) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Darija Jurak (Wild) 5-2

Overtime – Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Darija Jurak (Wild) 2-1


WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Philadelphia Freedoms 23-13

Mixed Doubles – Anastasia Rodionova\Frederik Nielsen (Kastles) def. Jordan Kerr\Liezel Huber (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Sachia Vickery (Freedoms) 5-0

Men’s Doubles – Jordan Kerr\Samuel Groth (Freedoms) def. Frederik Nielsen\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Sachia Vickery\Liezel Huber (Freedoms) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Samuel Groth (Freedoms) 5-2


SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Orange County Breakers 21-16

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Treat Huey\Liga Dekmeijere (Breakers) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Liga Dekmeijere (Breakers) def. Taylor Townsend (Capitals) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Treat Huey\Steve Johnson (Breakers) def. Mark Knowles\Sam Querrey (Capitals) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Megan Moulton-Levy\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Maria Elena Camerin\Liga Dekmeijere (Breakers) 5-0

Men’s Singles – Sam Querrey (Capitals) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-2



Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

y – Washington Kastles           12        10        2          0.833   —

Boston Lobsters                      12        4          8          0.333   6

New York Sportimes              12        4          8          0.333   6

Philadelphia Freedoms            12        4          8          0.333   6


Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

x – Springfield Lasers              12        8          4          0.667   —

x – Texas Wild                         13        8          5          0.615   0.5

Orange County Breakers        13        6          7          0.462   2.5

Sacramento Capitals               12        5          7          0.417   3


x = Clinched playoff spot

y = Clinched #1 seed for Conference Championship


Next Matches: 7/23/2013

Boston Lobsters @ PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS, 7:00 PM (EDT)

Sacramento Capitals @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:05 PM (CDT)

Washington Kastles @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:30 PM (EDT)



World TeamTennis: NY Sportimes Defeat Boston Lobsters, 21-14


By Jerry Milani

ALBANY, N.Y, July 16, 2013 – The NY Sportimes won their second straight match to move over .500 for the first time with a dominating, 21-14 triumph over the Boston Lobsters in Mylan World TeamTennis action at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany on Tuesday.  Robert Kendrick, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke each won both of their matches to pace the Sportimes (4-3).

Kendrick and Jesse Witten got the hosts off to a strong start by edging the Lobsters’ (3-6) men’s doubles tandem of Eric Butorac and Amir Weintraub, 5-4.  Kendrick and Peschke then teamed for a 5-1 mixed doubles win over Butorac and Katalin Marosi for a 10-6 NY advantage before Weintraub’s 5-1 singles event win over Witten even the match at 11-11 at the break.

The Sportimes’ ladies then took control, with Groenefeld defeating Jill Craybas, 5-1, in singles and then pairing with Peschke to top Craybas and Marosi, 5-2, to extend to the final margin.

“I just told myself to enjoy it out there, make your shots,” said Groenefeld, who is unbeaten in doubles play with Peschke this season.  “I had confidence coming in today, and it felt good to get the singles win.”

The win moved the Sportimes two full games ahead of the Lobsters for second place in the Mylan WTT Eastern Conference standings, a game behind Washington.

The Sportimes visit the Philadelphia Freedoms on Wednesday, then host their final SEFCU Arena home match on Thursday, when team captain John McEnroe leads the squad against the Orange County Breakers, beginning at 7:30.

Boston next hosts Sacramento on Friday.

Mylan World TeamTennis

At SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

NEW YORK SPORTIMES def. Boston Lobsters 21-14

Men’s Doubles – Robert KendrickJesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Eric ButoracAmir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-4

Mixed Doubles – Kveta PeschkeRobert Kendrick (Sportimes) def. Katalin MarosiEric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena GroenefeldKveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Jill CraybasKatalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2


NY Sportimes Defeat Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-17 in World TeamTennis

James Blake

By Jerry Milani

ALBANY, N.Y, July 15, 2013 – The NY Sportimes won four of five events as they topped the Philadelphia Freedoms, 22-17, in Mylan World TeamTennis action at SEFCU Arena at the University of Albany on Monday.

Jesse Witten and James Blake opened the evening for the Sportimes (3-3) with a men’s doubles triumph over Samuel Groth and Jordan Kerr, 5-2. Anna-Lena Groenefeld followed with a 5-2 women’s singles victory over Victoria Duval to double the Sportimes’ advantage to 10-4. Groth then turned the tables on Blake, topping the Sportimes’ marquee player by the same 5-2 count in men’s singles to shave the Freedoms’ (1-5) deficit to 12-9 at halftime.

Kveta Peschke and Blake then teamed to upend the Freedoms’ mixed doubles tandem of Liezel Huber and Groth, 5-4, for a four-game NY advantage heading into the final event. Groenefeld and Peschke then closed out the match by edging Duval and Huber, 5-4, for the final margin.

The Sportimes next host the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday SEFCU Arena, beginning at 7:30.  Team captain John McEnroe will then lead the Sportimes in their final match of the Albany portion of the Mylan WTT home season, set for Thursday at 7:30 vs. the Orange County Breakers.
Philadelphia hosts Washington at The Pavilion at Villanova University on Tuesday in its next action.

Mylan World TeamTennis
NY Sportimes 22, Philadelphia Freedoms 17
At SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.
Men’s doubles, Jesse Witten/James Blake (Sportimes) d. Samuel Groth/Jordan Kerr, 5-2
Women’s singles, Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) d. Victoria Duval, 5-2
Men’s singles, Groth (Freedoms) d. Blake, 5-2
Mixed doubles, Witten/Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) d. Liezel Huber/Groth, 5-4
Women’s doubles,  Groenefeld/Peshke (Sportimes) d. Duval/Huber, 5-4


World TeamTennis: Philadelphia Freedoms Top NY Sportimes, 20-19


ALBANY, N.Y., July 12, 2013 – Fighting off a furious comeback attempt by the host NY Sportimes, the Philadelphia Freedoms earned their first victory of the Mylan World TeamTennis season, winning, 20-19, in a Supertiebreak at SEFCU Arena in Albany. The Freedoms’ women’s doubles team of Victoria Duval and Liezel Huber secured the win by taking the first-to-13-point Supertiebreak, 7-1, over Anna-Lena Gronefeld and Kveta Peschke.

Philadelphia (1-3) opened strong behind its men’s doubles team of Samuel Groth and Jordan Kerr, which topped Jesse Witten and Eric Quigley, 5-3. Duval then topped Groenefeld, 5-4, in women’s singles to extend the visitors’ edge to 10-7. For the Sportimes (2-3), Witten then narrowed the deficit heading into halftime to a game with a 5-3 men’s singles win over Groth.

Groth and Liezel Huber extended the Freedoms’ lead to 18-13 with a dominating 5-1 win in mixed doubles, setting up the exciting finish. Groenefeld and Peschke won the women’s doubles set, 5-1, necessitating an overtime period by WTT rules. The Sportimes’ duo also won the overtime to even the match at 19 and extending to the Supertiebreak, before Duval and Huber recovered to spoil the host’s comeback.

“We knew when we went out for the final set that we always have a chance in this format when your back you can always still win and we almost did it tonight,” said Groenefeld. “We played really unbelievable doubles and then unfortunately in the tiebreaker we had a point here and there that we didn’t make that we could have made so it was a little unlucky in the end.”

“We tried all we could and I think we played awesome doubles but we were a little unlucky at the end,” added Peschke. “Overall though it was a good match and we can build on it.”

The teams meet again at SEFCU Arena on Monday, when James Blake competes as the marquee player for the Sportimes.

Mylan World TeamTennis

Philadelphia Freedoms def. NEW YORK SPORTIMES 20-19 (7-1 STB)

at SEFCU Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Men’s Doubles, Samuel Groth/Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) d. Jesse Witten/Eric Quigley, 5-3.

Women’s Singles, Victoria Duval (Freedoms) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 5-4

Men’s Singles, Witten (Sportimes) d. Groth, 5-3

Mixed Doubles, Groth/Liezel Huber (Freedoms) d. Witten/Groenefeld, 5-1

Women’s Doubles, Groenefeld/Peschke (Sportimes) d. Duva/Huber, 5-1

Overtime, Groenefeld/Peschke (Sportimes) d. Duva/Huber, 1-0

Supertiebreak, Duval/Huber (Freedoms) d. Groenefeld/Peschke, 1-0 (7-1)