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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



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



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)




Texas Wild End Washington Kastles Win Streak in World Team Tennis


IRVING, TEXAS (July 10, 2013) – The Texas Wild did what no other team in World TeamTennis could do for the past two seasons, they beat the Washington Kastles.


The Wild ended the Kastles’ amazing run of 34 consecutive wins with a 23-18 victory on Wednesday evening at Wild Stadium at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.  One night earlier, the Kastles set the mark for the longest win streak in major U.S. pro sports history in Washington, D.C.  Before tonight, the last time the Kastles lost a match was July 22, 2010.


The Kastles started strong in men’s doubles as Leander Paes and Bobby Reynolds defeated Aisam Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. to take a 5-3 lead.  The Wild, backed by a boisterous opening night crowd, rallied in the next two sets to win women’s doubles 5-4 and men’s singles 5-3 for a 13-12 lead at halftime.


A close battle in mixed doubles saw Qureshi and Darija Jurak emerge as the victors over Paes and Anastasia Rodionova after rallying from 2-4 in the tiebreaker to win the set and take a 18-16 lead into the final event.


The women would decide the final results as women’s singles closed out the night.  Eugenie Bouchard was too tough, outlasting Rodionova 5-2 to give the Wild the victory, their second in three matches this season.


Washington remains atop the Eastern Conference while Texas moves into a tie for second place in the Western Conference.  The top two teams from each Conference face off on July 25 to determine which teams advance to the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO on Sunday, July 28.


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Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Wednesday, 7/10

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

New York Sportimes def. BOSTON LOBSTERS 24-17

Men’s Singles – Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Jill Craybas (Lobsters) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) def. Eric Butorac\Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Jill Craybas\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Jesse Witten\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-3


Springfield Lasers def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-20 (OT)

Men’s Singles – Andy Roddick (Lasers) def. Samuel Groth (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Vania King\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Liezel Huber\Alison Riske (Freedoms) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Liezel Huber\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Alison Riske (Freedoms) def. Vania King (Lasers) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) def. Andy Roddick\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) 5-4

Overtime – Men’s Doubles – Andy Roddick\Jean-Julien Rojer (Lasers) def. Samuel Groth\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 1-0


TEXAS WILD def. Washington Kastles 23-18

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Eugenie Bouchard\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Alla Kudryavtseva\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Kevin Anderson (Kastles) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Darija Jurak\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) def. Anastasia Rodionova\Leander Paes (Kastles) 5-4

Women’s Singles – Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) def. Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-2


SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Orange County Breakers 22-14

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Treat Huey\Maria Elena Camerin (Breakers) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Mardy Fish (Capitals) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Maria Elena Camerin\Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Mardy Fish\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Treat Huey\Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-1



Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Washington Kastles                3          2          1          0.667   —

New York Sportimes              4          2          2          0.500   0.5

Boston Lobsters                      4          1          3          0.250   1.5

Philadelphia Freedoms            3          0          3          0.000   2


Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Sacramento Capitals               3          3          0          1.000   —

Springfield Lasers                   3          2          1          0.667   1

Texas Wild                              3          2          1          0.667   1

Orange County Breakers        3          1          2          0.333   2


Next Matches: 7/11/2013

Springfield Lasers @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:10 PM (EDT)

Orange County Breakers @ TEXAS WILD, 7:35 PM (EDT)


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Kastles Extend Win Streak to 33


(July 8, 2013) The Washington Kastles started the 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis season just the way they ended 2012 – with a win.  The Kastles 23-15 win over the New York Sportimes on Monday night in Washington, DC, was the team’s 33rd consecutive victory, tying the U.S. major pro sports team record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.  Among the capacity crowd on hand to watch the Kastles receive championship rings in a pre-match ceremony and tie the Lakers mark was Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, NFL great John Riggins and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.  The Kastles were led by Martina Hingis who dominated Anna-Lena Groenefeld 5-1 in women’s singles, and partnered with Leander Paes for a 5-4 mixed doubles win.


Although injured and unable to play, Venus Williams was on hand to receive her 2012 Championship ring and cheer on the team from the bench.  Earlier in the day, Williams joined her 2012 Championship teammates Paes, Anastasia Rodionova, Bobby Reynolds, Coach Murphy Jensen, owner Mark Ein, Mylan WTT CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss and King at the White House for a visit with President Obama.


The Kastles try to make sports history and break the mark on Tuesday evening at home when they host the Boston Lobsters at 7:10 p.m. ET.  The July 9 match will air live on Tennis Channel.  For more information, visit

Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Monday, 7/8

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:


WASHINGTON KASTLES def. New York Sportimes 23-15

Men’s Singles – Kevin Anderson (Kastles) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Sportimes) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Martina Hingis\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Kveta Peschke\Robert Kendrick (Sportimes) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Anna-Lena Groenefeld\Kveta Peschke (Sportimes) def. Martina Hingis\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-3


SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Boston Lobsters 22-14

Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Andy Roddick (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-2

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

Men’s Singles – Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Vania King (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Vania King (Lasers) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-3


Texas Wild def. ORANGE COUNTY BREAKERS 20-18

Men’s Doubles – Steve Johnson\Treat Huey (Breakers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Wild) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Darija Jurak\Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) def. Coco Vandeweghe\Maria Elena Camerin (Breakers) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Steve Johnson\Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Coco Vandeweghe (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Steve Johnson (Breakers) 5-4


SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. Philadelphia Freedoms 23-19

Men’s Singles – Samuel Groth (Freedoms) def. Mardy Fish (Capitals) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Maria Sanchez (Freedoms) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Megan Moulton-Levy (Capitals) def. Liezel Huber\Jordan Kerr (Freedoms) 5-3

Women’s Doubles – Megan Moulton-Levy\Taylor Townsend (Capitals) def. Liezel Huber\Maria Sanchez (Freedoms) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Mardy Fish\Mark Knowles (Capitals) def. Jordan Kerr\Samuel Groth (Freedoms) 5-4



Eastern Conference              MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Washington Kastles                1          1          0          1.000   —

Boston Lobsters                      2          1          1          0.500   0.5

New York Sportimes              2          0          2          0.000   1.5

Philadelphia Freedoms            2          0          2          0.000   1.5


Western Conference             MP      W        L         PCT    MB

Sacramento Capitals               2          2          0          1.000    —

Springfield Lasers                   1          1          0          1.000   0.5

Orange County Breakers        2          1          1          0.500   1

Texas Wild                              2          1          1          0.500   1


Next Matches: 7/9/2013

Boston Lobsters @ WASHINGTON KASTLES, 7:10 PM (EDT)

Springfield Lasers @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:30 PM (EDT)

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