IRVING -- Mylan World TeamTennis is celebrating its 38th season of bringing some of the greatest tennis players in the world together in a team environment. There are eight teams in the league, including the newest addition Texas Wild, who play their home matches at Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas. Each team has two men and two women with matches consisting of five sets with one set each of men's singles and doubles, women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles.
The Texas Wild (who relocated to DFW from Kansas City) held their home opener on Wednesday night and treated the crowd of 1,516 to a historic victory 23-18 over the two-time defending champion Washington Kastles. The Kastles were in the midst of a 34-match winning streak that dated back to July 22, 2010.
Fans who attended the Dallas Tennis Classic the past two years played in this same locale would be hard-pressed to believe this is the same sport. World TeamTennis features no-ad scoring (first to four points wins the game) and the first team to five games wins the set. Fan participation is encouraged and rock music ranging from Walk this Way and Thunder to Mortal Kombat is played between points. Not during changeovers, but between points. When WTT fans the throw out the phrase 'Rock N Roll Tennis,' they are not dead on accurate.
While the event itself is all about fun, the action on the court is very serious for the players. Tennis is usually an individual sport, but in this instance, there are teammates depending on and encouraging one another. Texas would follow their win over Washington by dropping all five sets to Coco Vandeweghe and the Orange County Breakers in a rain-delayed 25-15 loss before bouncing back with a 22-17 win over Mark Philippousis and the Boston Lobsters.
The Wild's next home match is July 19 when the Kastles return to Las Colinas to avenge their loss to Texas. Special note about this match is the starpower involved as Washington is bringing its featured player Martina Hingis to DFW while the Wild's featured players, Bob and Mike Bryan -- better known as the Bryan Brothers -- will be on hand. The Bryan Brothers, recognized as the greatest doubles team in the history of mens tennis, will also play for the Wild the following night, July 20, against the Breakers. The Wild's final home match of the season is set for July 24 when the Sacramento Capitals and Sam Querrey come to North Texas.
As the 14-match schedule continues, there are two words that will likely never be uttered during a Wild home affair: "Quiet, please."
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