Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka was the second pick in the 2014 WTT Marquee Player Draft, going to the Philadelphia Freedoms.
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Two-time Grand Slam champion and WTA world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka is returning to Mylan World TeamTennis for the first time in four years after being selected second overall in the WTT Marquee Player Draft.
Following the San Diego Aviators protecting the rights to No.1-ranked men’s doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan in the first slot, the Philadelphia Freedoms picked Azarenka. The Belarusian previously played for the Springfield Lasers in 2006, when she earned Female Rookie of the Year honors, and also suited up for the Washington Kastles in 2010.
The Bryans will be joined on the Aviators squad by WTA standout Daniela Hantuchova, who will make her WTT debut this summer. Currently ranked No. 30 in singles, Hantuchova has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the world in both singles and doubles and has won six WTA singles titles.
Martina Hingis, the 2013 WTT Female MVP, returns to the Washington Kastles to lead the team’s campaign for their fourth consecutive championship. This season will mark Hingis’ seventh in WTT. She will be joined by another former world No. 1 as longtime Kastles star Venus Williams returns to the team after missing the 2013 season due to injury.
Andy Roddick heads up the lineup for the 2014 Austin Aces in their inaugural season. The 2003 US Open champion and former world No. 1 will be joined by 2013 Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli, who will be making her WTT debut.
The Las Vegas Neon will have local favorite Sam Querrey on their roster this summer. Currently the No. 2 American player, Querrey finished 2013 in the Top 50 for the fifth time in the past six years. He was won seven singles and four doubles titles on the ATP World Tour.
The Springfield Lasers picked up James Blake in a pre-draft trade with the Boston Lobsters. The former world No. 4, who retired following the 2013 US Open, returns for his eighth WTT season.
Team rosters will be completed at the Mylan WTT Roster Player Draft on Tuesday, March 11, in Indian Wells, Calif. The regular season starts on Sunday, July 6, and runs through Wednesday, July 23.
Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Selections (in draft order)
1. San Diego Aviators: Bob and Mike Bryan (1st round protection), Daniela Hantuchova (2nd round)
2. Philadelphia Freedoms: Victoria Azarenka (1st round)
3. Las Vegas Neon: Sam Querrey (2nd round protection)
4. Austin Aces: Andy Roddick (1st round protection); Marion Bartoli (2nd round)
5. Boston Lobsters: no Marquee Player selection
6. Texas Wild: no Marquee Player selection
7. Springfield Lasers: James Blake (1st round protection – acquired rights via pre-draft trade with Boston Lobsters)
8. Washington Kastles: Martina Hingis (1st round protection); Venus Williams (2nd round protection)