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Mylan WTT finals set for Sunday; Season Award winners announced






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 MVPs.

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 417-837-5800.

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 Diego Aviators

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 Freedoms

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 very special."


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 did.”


MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:  David Macpherson, San Diego Aviators

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” one.

“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.”



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:  Somdev 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.

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