Daniela Hantuchova was named the WTT Female MVP after finishing second in the league in singles and doubles.
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The San Diego Navigators, surprise entrants into the Western Conference finals, were the big winners as Mylan World TeamTennis announced its end-of-the-year honors, taking home the female MVP (Daniela Hantuchova), male Rookie of the Year (Somdev Devvarman) and Coach of the Year (David Macpherson).
The other winners were Marcelo Melo of the Philadelphia Freedoms (male MVP) and Anabel Medina Garrigues of the Texas Wild (female Rookie of the Year).
These players were standouts in the 39th season of Mylan World TeamTennis, which concludes Sunday, July 27, with the finals in Springfield, Mo. The Washington Kastles, vying for a record-tying fourth consecutive championship, will be facing off against the Springfield Lasers in a rematch of the 2013 Finals.
FEMALE MVP: Daniela Hantuchova, San Diego Aviators
Hantuchova 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.”
MALE MVP: Marcelo Melo, Philadelphia Freedoms
Melo made quite an impression in his first WTT season, leading the Freedoms to the Eastern Conference finals. The Brazilian doubles standout teamed with 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."
MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Somdev Devvarman, San Diego Aviators
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.”
FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Anabel Medina Garrigues, Texas Wild
Medina Garrigues led the 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.”
COACH OF THE YEAR: David Macpherson, San Diego Aviators
Although Macpherson is a 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 percent there for whoever needed to be picked up. We loved playing for each other and representing San Diego.”
NOTE: To be considered for regular season awards, a player must compete in 80 percent of their team matches.