Mylan World TeamTennis is
recognizing some of their top players as the 2014 season
concludes this weekend with the Mylan WTT Finals in
Springfield. The league announced that Daniela
Hantuchova of the San Diego Aviators and Marcelo Melo of
the Philadelphia Freedoms are the Mylan World TeamTennis
Somdev Devvarman of the San Diego Aviators and Anabel
Medina Garrigues of the Texas Wild were named as Mylan
WTT Rookies of the Year, while San Diego’s David
Macpherson was named Mylan WTT Coach of the Year.
These players were standouts
in the 39th
season of Mylan World TeamTennis which concludes Sunday,
July 27, with the Mylan WTT Finals in Springfield, Mo.
The Washington Kastles will be facing off against the
Springfield Lasers in a rematch of the 2013 Finals.
The Kastles are vying for a record-tying fourth
consecutive championship while the Lasers are looking
for their first title in five finals. Action
begins at 4:00p.m. Central at Mediacom Stadium at Cooper
Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. Tickets are
available at Cooper Tennis Complex (through 9 p.m.
Saturday and beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday) or by calling
The 2014 Mylan WTT Finals will be featured on ESPN3 at
5:00 p.m. ET with ESPN2 joining the live coverage at
6:00 p.m. ET.
2014 Mylan WTT Award Winners
MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP: Daniela Hantuchova, San
Daniela Hantuchova of the San Diego Aviators is used to
the spotlight after climbing as high as No. 5 in the
world in singles on the WTA Tour. However,
Hantuchova credited her teammates with helping her win
the Female MVP award in her first Mylan WTT season.
She finished second in women’s singles with a winning
percentage of .559 and teamed with Kveta Peschke to
finish as the No. 2 women’s doubles team in the league
with a .606 winning percentage.
“I’m very excited but this has been a true team effort,”
said Hantuchova. “It is a privilege to be in such
a great environment with these teammates and our coach.”
MYLAN WTT MALE MVP: Marcelo Melo, Philadelphia
Marcelo Melo made quite an
impression in his first Mylan WTT season, leading the
Freedoms to the Mylan WTT Eastern Conference finals.
The Brazilian doubles standout teamed with Mylan WTT
veteran Liezel Huber to finish the regular season as the
top-ranked mixed doubles team with a .618 winning
percentage. Melo and Frank Dancevic were ranked 4th
in men’s doubles with .517 winning percentage.
"Winning the MVP this season is a great thrill for me
and I want to share this with the Freedoms fans and
every person who plays for and works with our team,”
said Melo. “I have had so much support and to win
this in my first season and to win it with this team is
MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Somdev
Devvarman, San Diego Aviators
Somdev Devvarman was the first overall pick in the Mylan
WTT Roster Draft earlier this spring and his play proved
it was a great selection by the Aviators.
Devvarman and Raven Klaasen were the league’s top-rated
men’s doubles team, winning .590 percent of their
matches. Devvarman also finished third in men’s
singles with a winning percentage of .495.
“I’m happy to be playing in a team competition again,”
said Devvarman. “Thanks to my teammates for
believing in me and helping me through the season.
We have great coaches and I have had a great time
playing the whole season. I hope to keep it going
until the end.”
MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Anabel Medina
Garrigues, Texas Wild
Anabel Medina Garrigues led the Texas Wild throughout
much of the season with her intensity and outstanding
play. The Spaniard finished fourth in women’s
singles with a .515 winning percentage and teamed with
Darija Jurak to finish fifth in women’s doubles with
.481 winning percentage.
“I am so lucky to play for the Texas Wild and be named
Rookie of the Year,” said Garrigues. “Without the
support of my team, it would be impossible to play how I
MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR: David Macpherson, San
Although Macpherson is a Mylan WTT veteran with 14
seasons as a player, this summer was his first as a
coach. He led the team to a 10-4 regular season
record and called his coaching experience a “memorable”
“I love my team and I have loved them from day one,”
said Macpherson. “Three of our four losses were close
and painful but we stuck together and the losses brought
us closer. That’s the thing about Mylan WTT, every match
is memorable and you can go from hero to goat on any
given night. But our team is 100% there for
whoever needed to be picked up. We loved playing
for each other and representing San Diego.”
2014 MYLAN WTT AWARDS:
MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP:
Daniela Hantuchova (San Diego Aviators)
MYLAN WTT MALE MVP:
Marcelo Melo (Philadelphia Freedoms)
MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE:
Anabel Medina Garrigues (Texas Wild)
MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE:
Devvarman (San Diego Aviators)
MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:
David Macpherson (San Diego Aviators)
NOTE: To be considered for regular season awards,
a player must compete in 80% of their team matches.