Mylan WTT is a Global Hit with Players
By: Ben Snyder
July 3, 2016
It’s little surprise that Mylan World TeamTennis’ talented athletes hail from all around the globe. After all, “world” is in the league’s title. Plus, it’s been that way throughout the league’s historic 41 seasons of fierce competition. This season, an Olympic year, is no different.
In fact, this year marks 16 nations represented in Mylan WTT action, which kicks off on Sunday, July 31. Those 16 countries are the United States (15 players), Russia (2), Argentina (2), Australia (2), Great Britain (2), Slovakia (1), France (1), Denmark (1), Croatia (1), South Africa (1), Germany (1), The Netherlands (1), Canada (1), Switzerland (1), India (1), and Austria (1).
The world-class athletes competing in the action-packed season represent some of the world’s top talent both from the U.S. and abroad. Take, for example, Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark who’s playing for the Philadelphia Freedoms owned by Billie Jean King. Just 25 years old (turning 26 on July 11), Wozniacki is playing her second season of Mylan WTT and her first with the Philadelphia Freedoms. A former world No.1, a ranking she achieved for the first time in Oct. 2010, she’s captured 23 titles in singles and was a finalist at the US Open in 2009 and 2014.
The Dane is looking forward to bringing her talent to America and to compete for Philadelphia after playing the French Open and Wimbledon. “I’m so excited to be back playing World TeamTennis and to play on Billie’s team is a huge honor,” said Wozniacki in an interview.
“I always want to win and I’m going to do my best so hopefully I pull off part of the win with my team,” she continued. “I’m sure we’re going to do great.”
Then, there’s Dennis Novikov, who represents the U.S. but was born in Moscow, Russia. He’s one of the youngest players competing in Mylan WTT this summer and is 22 years old. Making his WTT debut this year with the Orange County Breakers, he’s secured a career-high ranking of No.133 in singles and No.162 in doubles during his young career.
Several players have not only been the best in their country but have also topped the world rankings. Daniel Nestor (Canada), Leander Paes (India), Bob and Mike Bryan (U.S.), Martina Hingis (Switzerland), Andy Roddick (U.S.) and Wozniacki (Denmark) have all seen their names preceded by the phrase “world No. 1”. Of those elite few, Hingis stands out as a former world No. 1 in singles and now part of the top-ranked doubles tandem with Sania Mirza.
The Washington Kastles, who are looking to claim their record sixth straight WTT title, have players representing four different countries (U.S., India, Switzerland and Australia). Hingis, who is playing her ninth season, spoke about her experience with Mylan WTT and highlighted how it gives her ability to achieve so much on the court.
“Every point and every game counts,” said Hingis, who’s helped the Kastles claim four straight titles and was the 2014 Mylan WTT Finals MVP. She added, “It’s very rewarding and that’s why I think the players really enjoy it.”
But that’s not all: “After TeamTennis,” continued Hingis, “you say you can do anything in the world.”
MYLAN WTT – 2016 PLAYERS BY COUNTRY:
Argentina (2): Maria Irigoyen (NYE), Guido Pella (NYE)
Australia (2): Daria Gavrilova (SPR), Anastasia Rodionova (WAS)
Austria (1): Oliver Marach (NYE)
Canada (1): Daniel Nestor (SPR)
Croatia (1): Darija Jurak (SAN)
Denmark (1): Caroline Wozniacki (PHL)
France (1): Fabrice Martin (PHL)
Germany (1): Benjamin Becker (SPR)
Great Britain (2): Naomi Broady (PHL), Daniel Evans (SAN)
India (1): Leander Paes (WAS)
Netherlands (1): Michaella Krajicek (SPR)
Russia (2): Daria Kasatkina (PHL), Alla Kudryavtseva (OCB)
Slovakia (1): Lukas Lacko (PHL)
South Africa (1): Raven Klaasen (SAN)
Switzerland (1): Martina Hingis (WAS)
United States (15): James Blake (SAN), Madison Brengle (WAS), Bob Bryan (WAS), Mike Bryan (WAS), Mardy Fish (WAS), Nicole Gibbs (OCB), John Isner (SPR), Steve Johnson (OCB), Scott Lipsky (OCB), Christina McHale (NYE), Dennis Novikov (OCB), Sam Querrey (WAS), Andy Roddick (NYE), Shelby Rogers (SAN), Donald Young (PHL)
Great Britain (1): John Lloyd (Coach-SAN)
South Africa (1): John-Laffnie “JL” de Jager (Coach-SPR)
United States (4): Josh Cohen (Coach-PHL), Murphy Jensen (Coach-WAS), Rick Leach (Coach-OCB), Patrick McEnroe (Coach – NYE)
TOTAL COUNTRIES REPRESENTED (Players & Coaches): 16
TOTAL COUNTRIES REPRESENTED (Players only): 16
COUNTRY TOTALS (players & coaches):
19 – United States
3 – Great Britain
2 – Argentina, Australia, Russia, South Africa
1– Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland