May 5, 2016

2016 World TeamTennis Schedule Announced

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 13, 2016) – A return to one of tennis’ most iconic venues will kick off the 2016 regular season of Mylan World TeamTennis as the New York Empire make their debut against the 5-time defending champion Washington Kastles on Sunday, July 31 at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

 

The action-packed two week Mylan WTT regular season, which runs July 31 through August 13, also includes former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, top Americans John Isner and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, former US Open champion Andy Roddick and the WTA’s top doubles star Martina Hingis among those seeking to lead their team to the King Trophy, named after league co-founder Billie Jean King. Other marquee names on board for the 2016 season include American standouts James Blake and Mardy Fish.

 

Wozniacki returns to the league for the first time in a decade to play two matches for the Philadelphia Freedoms. She starts the season on the road in New York on August 1 before making her home debut in Philadelphia on August 2.

 

Some of America’s most successful and popular American men also hit the multi-colored Mylan WTT courts this summer. The 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick will help introduce the league’s newest entry, the New York Empire, to Mylan World TeamTennis.  Roddick, a former world No. 1, returns for his 9th season with a home match on August 9 and a road match in Philadelphia on August 10. Roddick is joined on the Empire by Christina McHale who was the top overall roster player selection in the 2016 Draft. McHale, who is a resident of nearby Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is playing her first season.

 

John Isner, the top-ranked American male on the ATP World Tour, returns for his second consecutive season with the Springfield Lasers and his 6th season overall. Isner will play in Springfield on August 11 when the Lasers host the San Diego Aviators.

 

Mardy Fish, a former world No. 7 standout, will play the entire season for the Kastles. In the first week of the season, his Kastles teammates will include current world No. 39 Sam Querrey, and three of the sport’s greatest doubles players, Bob and Mike Bryan (August 1) and WTA world No. 1 in doubles Martina Hingis (August 1-2).

 

Former world No. 4 James Blake also kicks off the season for the San Diego Aviators with a home match on July 31 against their Southern California rival Orange County Breakers.

 

The top two teams from the regular season advance to the Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi on Friday, August 26 at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club. The Kastles won a record fifth consecutive title in 2015, their sixth overall championship. Washington will be looking to rewrite the record books in 2016 by winning a record seventh Mylan WTT title.

 

For the full schedule and links to ticket information, visit www.WTT.com/schedule.

 

 

Mylan World TeamTennis – 2016 schedule



Sunday, July 31

Washington @ New York

Philadelphia @ Springfield

Orange County @ San Diego (James Blake-SAN)

 

Monday, August 1

Philadelphia (Caroline Wozniacki-PHL) @ New York

Springfield @ Washington (Bob & Mike Bryan/Martina Hingis-WAS)

San Diego @ Orange County

 

Tuesday, August 2

Springfield @ Philadelphia (Caroline Wozniacki-PHL)

New York @ Washington (Martina Hingis-WAS)

Orange County @ San Diego

 

Wednesday, August 3

Springfield @ New York

Philadelphia @ Washington

San Diego @ Orange County

 

Thursday, August 4

Springfield @ Philadelphia

 

Friday, August 5

New York @ San Diego

Washington @ Orange County

 

Saturday, August 6

Philadelphia @ Springfield

Washington @ San Diego

New York @ Orange County

 

Sunday, August 7

Springfield @ San Diego

Philadelphia @ Orange County

 

Monday, August 8

New York @ Washington

Philadelphia @ San Diego

 

Tuesday, August 9

Washington @ New York (Andy Roddick-NYE)

Springfield @ Orange County

 

Wednesday, August 10

New York (Andy Roddick-NYE) @ Philadelphia

San Diego @ Washington

Orange County @ Springfield

 

Thursday, August 11

Orange County @ New York

Washington @ Philadelphia

San Diego @ Springfield (John Isner-SPR)

 

Friday, August 12

San Diego @ New York

Orange County @ Philadelphia

Washington @ Springfield

 

Saturday, August 13

San Diego @ Philadelphia

Orange County @ Washington

New York @ Springfield

Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi:

The top two teams from the regular season advance to the Mylan WTT Finals presented by Citi at 4:00 pm ET on Friday, August 26 at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y.

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John Isner and Caroline Wozniacki Headline World TeamTennis Draft

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(March 25, 2016) MIAMI – Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and top-ranked American John Isner were among the top names selected today at the Mylan World TeamTennis Draft in Miami. Isner returns to the Springfield Lasers while Wozniacki was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms.

 

The 2016 regular season runs July 31-August 13 with the top two teams advancing to the Mylan WTT Finals on Friday, August 26 at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club.

 

America’s top doubles duo of Bob and Mike Bryan will join current WTA doubles No. 1 Martina Hingis and former world No. 7 Mardy Fish in the lineup for the defending champion Washington Kastles.

 

Former world No. 4 James Blake was selected by the San Diego Aviators with their marquee round selection. The New York Empire previously acquired marquee player Andy Roddick.

 

In the Roster Draft, a plethora of fresh faces headlined team selections. After trading up for the No. 1 roster pick, the Empire drafted New Jersey native Christina McHale. Top 40 players Daria Gavrilova, Daria Kasatkina and Guido Pella were selected by the Lasers, Freedoms and Empire.

 

The Kastles, who have won five consecutive titles, brought back the core of their 2015 championship team. Washington will be looking to rewrite the record books in 2016 by winning a record seventh Mylan WTT title.

 

A team-by-team breakdown of the 2016 Mylan WTT Draft:

 

New York Empire

In the New York Empire’s inaugural season, the team started strong by acquiring the rights to seasoned Mylan WTT star Andy Roddick in a transaction with Orange County Breakers prior to the draft. For their first round selection, the Empire went with hometown favorite Christina McHale. In Round 2, New York selected top 40 Argentinian Guido Pella, who will make his Mylan WTT debut in 2016. Rounding out their 2016 roster, the Empire chose two doubles players — Argentinian Maria Irigoyen and Austrian Oliver Marach, both of which will play their rookie season of Mylan WTT this year when the team kicks off their season at the historic Forest Hills Stadium. The Empire will be coached by Patrick McEnroe.

 

Orange County Breakers

Building on experience, the Orange County Breakers used their first and second round roster picks to bring back up-and-coming American Nicole Gibbs and 2015 Mylan WTT Rookie of the Year Alla Kudryavtseva, who will play their second consecutive season together this summer. In Round 3, the Breakers took American doubles player Scott Lipsky, who will be playing his second successive season in the league, but first with the Breakers. For the last pick of their 2016 draft, the Breakers added American UCLA standout Dennis Novikov, who will be making his Mylan WTT debut in Orange County this summer. Rick Leach will coach the Breakers this season.

 

Philadelphia Freedoms

With the first marquee selection of the 2016 Mylan WTT Player Draft, the Philadelphia Freedoms selected fan-favorite Caroline Wozniacki. Building their roster, the Freedoms drafted Slovakian Lukas Lacko in Round 1 and Russian teen Daria Kasatkina in Round 2, both of which will play their first season of Mylan WTT. In the third round, Philadelphia top-50 doubles player Fabrice Martin, who will play his first season in the league this year. With their final picks, in Rounds 4 and 5, the Freedoms selected British player Naomi Broady and American Donald Young to set their 2016 team. Josh Cohen will return as the Freedoms coach.

 

San Diego Aviators

For their marquee selection in 2016, the San Diego Aviators selected popular American and experienced Mylan WTT star James Blake to lead the team. The Aviators then used their first round roster selection to take rising American Shelby Rogers who will be playing her first full Mylan WTT season this summer. In Round 2, San Diego protected Raven Klaasen, who is returning to the team for the third consecutive season. For the third and fourth rounds of the draft, the Aviators added British singles player Daniel Evans and then protected Darija Jurak, who played for the team in 2015. The Aviators will once again be coached by John Lloyd.

 

Springfield Lasers

The Springfield Lasers are bringing back top-ranked American John Isner, who will be playing his sixth Mylan WTT season. In Round 1 of the Roster Draft, the Lasers brought on Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, a former Mylan WTT Male MVP. With their second roster selection, Springfield took German Benjamin Becker, who will be making his Mylan WTT debut in 2016. In the final two rounds of the draft, the Lasers added No. 34 Australian singles player Daria Gavrilova and Dutch doubles specialist Michaella Krajicek to round out their 2016 team. John Laffnie-de Jager will return to coach the Lasers.

 

Washington Kastles

After protecting the rights to marquee player Martina Hingis, the defending champion Washington Kastles made a strong trade with the Orange County Breakers to move up in the Marquee Round to select Bob and Mike Bryan. With five straight Mylan WTT titles, the Kastles also bolstered their team with the addition of American Mardy Fish.  The Kastles Round 1 and 2 roster picks were used to protect 2015 champion teammates Sam Querrey and Leander Paes. Keeping with a lineup that earned them the King Trophy last season, the Kastles protected both Madison Brengle and 2015 Mylan WTT Female co-MVP Anastasia Rodionova to begin their campaign to add another title to their dynasty. The team will be coached by Murphy Jensen.

 

Team-by-team look at each of the team’s roster, including their coach:

Washington Kastles: Martina Hingis, Bob & Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, Leander Paes, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova. Coach: Murphy Jensen

Philadelphia Freedoms: Caroline Wozniacki, Lukas Lacko, Daria Kasatkina, Fabrice Martin, Naomi Broady, Donald Young. Coach: Josh Cohen

New York Empire: Andy Roddick, Christina McHale, Guido Pella, Maria Irigoyen, Oliver Marach. Coach: Patrick McEnroe

San Diego Aviators: James Blake, Shelby Rogers, Raven Klaasen, Daniel Evans, Darija Jurak.  Coach: John Lloyd

Springfield Lasers: John Isner, Daniel Nestor, Benjamin Becker, Daria Gavrilova, Michaella Krajicek   Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager

Orange County Breakers:  Nicole Gibbs, Alla Kudryavtseva, Scott Lipsky, Dennis Novikov.   Coach: Rick Leach

 

 

ROUND BY ROUND –

Marquee Draft

Springfield Lasers: John Isner (protection)

San Diego Aviators: James Blake (designated)

New York Empire: Andy Roddick (acquired via Orange County in pre-draft trade)

Philadelphia Freedoms: Caroline Wozniacki

Washington Kastles: Martina Hingis (protection), Bob & Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish

 

1ST ROUND – ROSTER

New York Empire: Christina McHale

San Diego Aviators: Shelby Rogers

Springfield Lasers: Daniel Nestor

Philadelphia Freedoms: Lukas Lacko

Orange County Breakers: Nicole Gibbs (protection)

Washington Kastles: Sam Querrey (protection)

 

2nd ROUND – ROSTER

Springfield Lasers: Benjamin Becker

San Diego Aviators: Raven Klaasen (protection)

New York Empire: Guido Pella

Philadelphia Freedoms: Daria Kasatkina

Orange County Breakers: Alla Kudryavtseva (protection)

Washington Kastles: Leander Paes (protection)

 

3rd ROUND – ROSTER:

Springfield Lasers: Daria Gavrilova

San Diego Aviators: Daniel Evans

Springfield Lasers: Michaella Krajicek

Philadelphia Freedoms: Fabrice Martin

Orange County Breakers: Scott Lipsky

Washington Kastles: Madison Brengle (protection)

 

4th ROUND – ROSTER:

New York Empire: Maria Irigoyen

San Diego Aviators: Darija Jurak (protection)

New York Empire: Oliver Marach

Philadelphia Freedoms: Naomi Broady

Orange County Breakers: Dennis Novikov

Washington Kastles: Anastasia Rodionova (protection)

 

5th ROUND – ROSTER:

Philadelphia Freedoms: Donald Young (exempt)

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World TeamTennis To Return To NYC at Forest Hills Stadium with New York Empire, Andy Roddick as a Marquee Player

 

(February 17, 2016)- Mylan World TeamTennis today announced that the league will return to the New York area, with the New York Empire playing their 2016 home matches at venerable Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club, the home of the US Open for over 60 years. The restored facility will be configured to seat 2,500 for six home matches from July 31 through August 13. The team has also named Patrick McEnroe as head coach, and will have former US Open champion Andy Roddick as a marquee player.

“There are few more beautiful places to play tennis than Forest Hills, and it’s great to help bring professional tennis back to the facility for the 2016 Mylan WTT season,” said McEnroe. “This is a perfect way to link the past of the game with the new thinking that Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss have infused into the sport through World TeamTennis. Fans will love the exciting, competitive team play so we hope they will come out and support the Empire. New Yorkers love their championship teams and our goal in year one is to win it all.”

“We are excited that Mylan World TeamTennis is back in New York,” said Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss. “An iconic venue like The West Side Tennis Club will be a great showcase for the best in professional team tennis competition.”

McEnroe, who won the 1989 French Open doubles title, also had a successful run as U.S. Davis Cup captain as he guided his squad to the 2007 title. After leaving his Davis Cup role in 2010, McEnroe focused on his television commentary work as well as leading the player development charge for the USTA until 2014. He is very familiar with Mylan World TeamTennis having played six seasons. McEnroe is a life-long New York City resident where he lives with his wife, Broadway star and actress Melissa Errico, and their three daughters.

“As both a player and an owner I have always enjoyed all that encompasses Mylan WTT,” added Roddick. “To be able to play on the legendary courts at Forest Hills and be involved with a team in a city that I love, New York, will make this even more special.”

Roddick will play his ninth season of Mylan World TeamTennis in 2016 and first with the inaugural New York Empire. He most recently played in 2014. In May 2013, Roddick joined the WTT Ownership Group along with Venus Williams. He won the 2003 US Open and reached the final of a Grand Slam four different times and captured 32 tour-level singles titles, including five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. Roddick also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which has raised more than $14 million for charity since 2001 and works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.

Colleen Hopkins will serve as team general manager. Hopkins is the founder of Hopkins Events, a special event agency with a focus on event management and operations, sponsor activation and client hospitality.

The 2016 season marks a return to professional tennis at one of the sport’s most historic facilities. The West Side Tennis Club hosted the US Nationals/Open Tennis Championships a total of 62 times, first from 1915 to 1922 on the grounds, and from 1923 to 1977 in the stadium. Built in 1923, the stadium was America’s first tennis stadium. In addition, the finals of the Davis Cup were held at the club 10 times, more than any other venue. Following the US Open, the WCT Forest Hills Invitational was held at the venue two times, and the WCT Forest Hills Tournament of Champions, was held at the venue 11 times, the last time in 1990 before the facility was renovated to its current grandeur. 

The Nationals/Open saw some of its biggest moments and changes while at West Side, including the introduction of seedings in 1927, tiebreakers in 1970, equal prize money for men and women in 1973, and night play and the conversion of the courts from grass to clay in 1975. Currently, the stadium is also used as a music venue for concerts. One of the highlights of the 2016 Forest Hills Stadium summer concert series will be Mumford & Sons on June 16. 

The Empire schedule, promotions and full roster of players will be announced in the coming few weeks with the 2016 Mylan WTT Player Draft taking place in Miami on March 25. For all other details on the Empire go to www.nyempiretennis.com  or follow on Twitter (@nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis).

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

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(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.

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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)

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World Team Tennis Results for July 11, 2014

 

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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

 

Standings

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

Texas Wild @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:00 PM CDT

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

Philadelphia Freedoms @ AUSTIN ACES, 7:30 PM CDT

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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

 

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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

 

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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.”

 

 

2013 MYLAN WTT AWARDS:

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)

 

 

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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

 

Standings

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)

 

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