Mylan World TeamTennis team relocates to Austin;
Andy Roddick to star on team
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 21, 2013) – Austin, Texas will be home to a new Mylan World TeamTennis team in 2014, with a familiar name on the roster - Austin resident Andy Roddick.
Austin Aces will join Mylan WTT after entrepreneur Lorne Abony purchased the
Orange County franchise and has relocated the team to Austin beginning with the
2014 season. This will be the first time
a Mylan WTT team has played in Austin.
The team is currently reviewing potential venue options and Abony
expects to finalize a location by the end of the year.
first move after acquiring the franchise was to add Roddick to the team's
roster. The Aces picked up Roddick in a
trade with the Springfield Lasers this week for financial consideration and
Marquee Draft position. Roddick, along
with Venus Williams, joined the World TeamTennis ownership group in May
2013. He helped lead the Lasers to a runner-up
finish in 2013.
fans and team in Springfield were great to me and I really appreciate their
support. Austin however is my home and I am excited to be able to play
here in front of my friends and family," said Roddick. "I have
played Mylan World TeamTennis since I was a teenager and I believe in the way
this league connects with community and provides kids access to professional
who knew Abony through tennis connections, was aware of Abony's business
accomplishments and involvement in tennis and thought he would be a perfect fit
for Mylan WTT. "Lorne is a business visionary who I know will do
great things for tennis in Austin. I am very much looking forward to
being part of something very exciting."
have a great passion for tennis and great passion for the city of Austin,” said
Abony. “The Mylan World TeamTennis product is the best and most exciting brand
of tennis there is in the world. I am honored to have the opportunity to bring
a professional Mylan World TeamTennis franchise to Austin and to build a
championship team for our city. With Andy on board, we are well on
our way to building something incredibly special for, and with the Austin
Aces will compete in Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO which showcases
the best in professional team tennis competition, playing an innovative coed
team format over a three-week season in July.
Co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s and based on a concept of
gender equity, Mylan WTT offers unique access to the sport and some of its
greatest champions who have played over the past 38 seasons.
is a great tennis market to continue to grow our fan base," said Mylan WTT
CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss.
"Lorne has the business background and passion that we look for in
team ownership. We are excited to work
with him to introduce Mylan World TeamTennis to Austin. "
will also retain the rights to the 2013 Orange County Breakers players although
their 2014 team lineup will not be determined until the Mylan WTT Marquee
Player Draft on Tuesday, Feb. 11 and the Mylan WTT Roster Player Draft on
Tuesday, March 11. The 39th season of
Mylan World TeamTennis will commence July 2014.
Mylan WTT team is comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Team matches
consist of five sets, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles,
men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
first team to reach five games wins each set. One point is awarded for each
game won, and a nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four all. If
necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the outright
winner of the match.
WTT is well known for showcasing and introducing innovative elements to tennis
including instant replay, coed format, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court
coaching and timeouts, Overtime and Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts and
player names on the back of shirts.
For more information on the Austin Aces, please
visit www.AustinAcesTennis.com or call 512-508-3069. For more
information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.
Rosie Crews, Mylan World TeamTennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) PH: 817-684-0366
Kerry Schneider, Austin Aces
(email@example.com) PH: 512-508-3069
World TeamTennis (WTT):
World TeamTennis (WTT) showcases the best in professional team tennis
competition, playing an innovative coed team format co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Mylan WTT,
which begins its 39th season in July 2014, is a showcase for many of
tennis' top players with virtually every major champion of the Open era playing
in the league throughout since 1974.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is a
minority owner and promotional partner of Mylan World TeamTennis. For
more information on Mylan WTT, visit www.WTT.com.
the Austin Aces:
2014, the Austin Aces begin play in their inaugural season in Mylan World
TeamTennis presented by GEICO. Austin resident and former world No. 1
Andy Roddick will lead the Aces as their marquee player. The team will
play 14 regular season matches throughout the month of July, including seven at
home. For more information on the Austin Aces, visit www.AustinAcesTennis.com.