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Pella Eager To Help Empire Build Winning Formula
By: Matt Fitzgerald

May 10, 2017

In 2016, Guido Pella experienced a number of firsts. From reaching an ATP singles final and representing Argentina at the Rio Olympics to helping his country win it’s first-ever Davis Cup title, it was certainly a year to remember for the left-hander. 

“To win the Davis Cup for my country was the most special moment of my entire career. It was an unbelievable year,” Pella tells WTT.com. “All the ties we played, we played very aggressive tennis. We changed the team a few times. We did an amazing job. It was a very good year for us. It will be something that I never forget my entire life.”

Among his new adventures included his Mylan World TeamTennis debut with the New York Empire. Pella, who played three matches before heading off to the Olympics, was a bright spot for his team in the early stages of the 2016 season. It was quickly apparent that WTT’s fast-paced format and high energy atmosphere struck a perfect harmony with Pella’s game, as he won five of the six sets he competed in, including all three in singles.

“Last year, I played three matches and I really enjoyed it a lot. It was my first season so I'm very happy to be back to play for the New York Empire,” says Pella. “It doesn't matter if I play five sets or five games. I fight for every ball, no matter what. Last year, I felt really good with the World TeamTennis system. I will try my best every match.”

In July, the Empire will take center stage on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Pella, who cites New York as one of his favorite cities in the world, is excited about the Empire’s new home and the opportunity it provides during his summer schedule.

“It's going to be a very good experience. I've played a few times in that stadium and it's really nice,” reflects Pella. “To play this year at the US Open [site], it will be a better way for the team to prepare. I love New York.

“I love the city at night, the lights, the people walking around. To play in a city that I really love is a really nice feeling. I really like this country. The people always support me when I play. I hope to continue winning matches.”

Coming off a 2-10 season and last place finish, New York will look to turn the tables with a revamped roster that includes John Isner, Eugenie Bouchard, Mardy Fish, Kirsten Flipkens, Maria Sanchez and head coach Gigi Fernandez.  As the lone returning player and experience winning under pressure for his team, Pella will be a key ingredient to the Empire’s recipe for success. 

“The competition is really tough,” Pella assesses. “We have a very good team. I hope we can play a good level and win matches. If you play with confidence, the results [will] come. If I can play my best tennis, and all the players on the team as well, I think we can win the title.”

As for the adjustments players will need to account for during the WTT season, there’s one difference to tournament tennis that resonates with Pella.

“The WTT rules in particular are really good for me,” states Pella. “It's great to have a coach help you in specific moments of the match. It's a very good idea.”

Photo: Matt Fitzgerald/Mylan WTT

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