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Mylan World Team Tennis Kicks Off July 31

Mylan World Team Tennis Kicks Off July 31
Photo: © Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
The Mylan World Team Tennis (WTT) season is about to get underway with the first matches coming up this weekend. This is a rare opportunity for professional players to come together in a team setting instead of the grinding individualism that characterizes the rest of the year. Although the Washington Kastles are looking to clinch a sixth championship in as many years, many teams have recruited new standouts to try to shake up the league. 

The Format

For those unfamiliar with the WTT formatting, it's very different from the traditional play of other tournaments. Played on a colorful court, each match consists of five sets, and each set features a different configuration (men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles). Prior to each match, coaches decide the order in which the sets will be played. Each team's player usually plays in at least one of the five sets. Scoring is no-advantage; there is no requirement to win a game by two scores; at deuce (40--40), whoever scores the next point wins the game. The first team to reach five games wins each set. A nine-point tiebreaker is played, if a set reaches four-all. One point is awarded for each game won. If necessary, overtime and a super-tiebreaker are played to determine the winner of the match.

What's Changed for 2016 Season

If you notice a couple of different teams this year, there were a few changes in the offseason.
  • Austin Aces moved back to California and are now the Orange County Breakers 
  • Boston Lobsters have ceased operations; the New York Empire took their place in the league
  • California Dream was terminated due to financial issues.

2016 Teams

New York Empire 
Coached by Patrick McEnroe, the Empire will replace the Boston Lobsters for the 2016 season. They will play at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club, the home of the US Open for over 60 years before it moved to its current location. Andy Roddick headlines this team, but they will also benefit from up-and-comer Christina Hale and 2015 Rookie of the Year Neal Skupski. 

Orange County Breakers
Coached by Rick Leach, the Breakers are returning home after two years in Texas as the Austin Aces. Nicole Gibbs and Alla Kudryavtseva remain on the team with Leach, and Steve Johnson is returning to his 2013 team where he was named the Rookie of the Year. The Austin Aces reached the finals in 2015, so look for this team to make waves in 2016. 

Philadelphia Freedoms
Coached by Josh Cohen, the Freedoms have a team of rookies. Headlined by Caroline Wozniacki, the former world No. 1, the rest of their team is in its first season. Naomi Broady, Samantha Crawford, and Donald Young are dark horses in every tournament they play, so don't be surprised if this team registers a few upsets during the season.

San Diego Aviators
Coached by John Lloyd, the Aviators' second season looks very promising. Headlined by James Blake, they've added young Americans Ryan Harrison and Shelby Rogers to the double specialists Darija Jurak and Raven Klassen. 

Springfield (Missouri) Lasers
Coached by John-Laffnie de Jager, the Lasers are headlined by John Isner and Benjamin Becker. This team is definitely the underdog of the league. 

Washington Kastles
Coached by Murphy Jensen, the Kastle Dynasty is on track for it's sixth straight WTT Championship. The team is filled with star power with the Bryan Brothers, Martina Hingis, Mardy Fish, Madison Brengle, Nick Kyrgios, and Leander Paes, so don't be surprised when they dominate the league for another year. 


Season Schedule

July 31
Washington Kastles at New York Empire
Philadelphia Freedoms at Springfield Lasers
Orange County Breakers at San Diego Aviators

August 1
Philadelphia Freedoms at New York Empire
Springfield Lasers at Washington Kastles
San Diego Aviators at Orange County Breakers

August 2
Springfield Lasers at Philadelphia Freedoms
New York Empire at Washington Kastles
Orange County Breakers at San Diego Aviators

August 3
Springfield Lasers at New York Empire
Philadelphia Freedoms at Washington Kastles
San Diego Aviators at Orange County Breakers

August 4
Springfield Lasers at Philadelphia Freedoms

August 5
New York Empire at San Diego Aviators
Washington Kastles at Orange County Breakers

August 6
Philadelphia Freedoms at Springfield Lasers
Washington Kastles at San Diego Aviators
New York Empire at Orange County Breakers

August 7
Springfield Lasers at San Diego Aviators
Philadelphia Freedoms at Orange County Breakers

August 8
New York Empire at Washington Kastles
Philadelphia Freedoms at San Diego Aviators

August 9
Washington Kastles at New York Empire
Springfield Lasers at Orange County Breakers

August 10 
New York Empire at Philadelphia Freedoms
San Diego Aviators at Washington Kastles
Orange County Breakers at Springfield Lasers

August 11
Orange County Breakers at New York Empire
Washington Kastles at Philadelphia Freedoms
San Diego Aviators at Springfield Lasers

August 12
San Diego Aviators at New York Empire
Orange County Breakers at Philadelphia Freedoms
Washington Kastles at Springfield Lasers

August 13
Orange County Breakers at Washington Kastles 
New York Empire at Springfield Lasers
San Diego Aviators at Philadelphia Freedoms

August 26
Mylan WTT Finals 

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