For the first time in league
history, Las Vegas will be home to a Mylan World
TeamTennis professional team. The Sacramento
Capitals announced today they are moving the franchise
to Las Vegas where they will compete in Mylan WTT as the
Las Vegas Neon at the Amanda and Stacy Darling Memorial
With the move, the conferences
are set for the 39th
season of Mylan World TeamTennis. The Neon will
join the Western Conference with the San Diego Aviators,
Austin Aces and Texas Wild.
The 2013 Mylan WTT Western Conference champion
Springfield Lasers will be moving to the Eastern
Conference in 2014 to join the defending league champion
Washington Kastles, Boston Lobsters, and Philadelphia
Freedoms. Washington won its third consecutive
championship last July with a 25-12 victory over
Springfield at the Mylan WTT Finals.
Sacramento moves to Las Vegas after playing 28 seasons
in the California state capital. The Capitals won a
league record six Mylan WTT championships, including
four straight from 1997-2000.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman welcomed the Mylan WTT
franchise to Las Vegas at a press conference at Darling
Tennis Center Tuesday afternoon. “We couldn't be more
thrilled to welcome the Las Vegas Neon and World
TeamTennis to our great city,” Mayor Goodman said. “The
Darling Tennis Center is a beautiful facility and I'm
excited that we will have action-packed and electrifying
professional tennis making its home in Las Vegas.”
Las Vegas will play 14 regular season matches, including
seven home matches at the Darling Tennis Center this
July. The Mylan WTT regular season starts on
Sunday, July 6 and runs through Wednesday, July 23.
The top two teams from each conference advance to the
Mylan WTT Conference Championships on Thursday, July 24.
The Eastern and Western Conference champions will face
off at the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, July 27, on the
home court of the Western Conference champion.
LLas Vegas also announced plans to bring back Las Vegas
resident and current ATP player Sam Querrey, who played
for Sacramento last year. Querrey was part of the
U.S. Davis Cup team that fell to Great Britain this past
weekend. Las Vegas will have the option to retain
the rights to the 2013 Sacramento 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.
Las Vegas will pick third in both drafts.
Kolleen McNamee, who has served as Sacramento’s general
manager since the fall 2012, will continue in the role
for the Neon. “The Capitals franchise enjoyed many great
years in Sacramento and we will miss our truly dedicated
fan base there,” McNamee said. “But we can’t wait to
start this new chapter and to bring a fun, exciting
brand of tennis to the Las Vegas community.”
McNamee said the move was
necessitated because the franchise was unable to find a
permanent home in Sacramento. In past years, the team
has constructed a temporary stadium and in 2013 played
its home matches in a mall parking lot.
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