September 26, 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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