Steve Johnson was among the players drafted for the 2013 season of World TeamTennis.
Cancer survivor Alisa Kleybanova was selected by the Springfield Lasers with the first overall pick in today’s 2013 Mylan World TeamTennis Roster Draft at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. The former world No. 20 will make her Mylan WTT debut on July 8, when Springfield hosts the Boston Lobsters.
Kleybanova was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in May 2011. She successfully returned to action in Miami last year, winning her first round match, but decided she was not healthy enough to return to the WTA Tour. The Russian has been training off the court and is looking forward to playing her first Mylan WTT season.
"It looks very exciting and tough," said Kleybanova."But I love challenges, so I'm ready to take the opportunity to participate in Mylan WTT this summer!"
In other first round draft highlights, fans will have the opportunity to see 2013 International Tennis Hall Of Fame inductee Martina Hingis team up with Venus Williams in Washington. The two-time defending Mylan WTT champion Kastles picked up the rights to Hingis in a pre-draft trade with the New York Sportimes. Williams was protected by the Kastles in February’s Mylan WTT Marquee Draft. In 1997, Hingis defeated Williams in an all-teenage final at the US Open.
A trio of future American stars will be featured on the multi-colored courts of Mylan WTT for the first time. Jessica Pegula and Steve Johnson were drafted fourth and fifth overall by the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Orange County Breakers, while Taylor Townsend was selected in the second round by last season’s runner-up Sacramento Capitals.
Other first round selections were the Texas Wild picking up Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, while Boston grabbed Jill Craybas. The New York Sportimes protected league veteran Robert Kendrick in the first round.
Prior to the start of the Roster Draft, two Americans were selected in the Roster Exempt Draft with Springfield picking up Vania King, while Coco Vandeweghe will play close to home for the Orange County Breakers.
The Mylan WTT regular season runs July 7-24, with conference championships scheduled for Thursday, July 25, and concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, on Sunday, July 28.
The season begins on Sunday, July 7 with six of the eight teams in action. The Washington Kastles put their 32-match win streak on the line on Monday, July 8, against the New York Sportimes at Kastles Stadium at the Wharf in Washington, D.C.
2013 Mylan World TeamTennis Player Rosters (all players)
Boston Lobsters: Mark Philippoussis, Jill Craybas, Eric Butorac, Amir Weintraub, Paola Suarez. Coach: Bud Schultz
Springfield Lasers: Andy Roddick, Vania King, Alisa Kleybanova, Jean-Julien Rojer, Rik de Voest. Coach: John-Laffnie "JL" de Jager
Texas Wild: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Eugenie Bouchard, Aisam Qureshi, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Elena Bovina. Coach: Brent Haygarth
Philadelphia Freedoms: Sloane Stephens, Jessica Pegula, Liezel Huber, Sam Groth, Jordan Kerr. Coach: Josh Cohen. Assistant Coach: Nathan Healey
Orange County Breakers: Coco Vandeweghe, Steve Johnson, Maria Elena Camerin, Treat Huey. Coach: Trevor Kronemann
New York Sportimes: John McEnroe, Robert Kendrick, Jesse Witten, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Kveta Peschke. Coach: TBD
Sacramento Capitals: Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, Taylor Townsend, Megan Moulton-Levy, Ryan Sweeting. Coach: Wayne Bryan
Washington Kastles: Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova. Coach: Murphy Jensen