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Gearing up for the 2013 Season of Boston Lobsters Tennis

February 11, 2013 - World TeamTennis (WTT) Boston Lobsters

To many players the hot Melbourne sun of the Australian Open can be overwhelming, but Lobsters like it steamy.

That is especially the case for Eric Butorac. Eric, along with his partner Paul Hanley, reached the third round.

It was the fourth year in a row that he reached at least that round of the tournament.

Irina Falconi and her partner Shuko Aoyama also had a huge win down under.

They defeated the 11th seeded team of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Isner, 2012 News from Melbourne was a little less positive for John Isner. Unfortunately, a knee injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament.

The good news is John's diligent conditioning routine enabled him to make a quick recovery and return to action.

He joined Sam Querrey of the Sacramento Capitals and Bob and Mike Bryan of the new expansion team in Texas to help the United States defeat Brazil 3-2 in the first round of the Davis Cup.

The tie came down to the fifth and deciding match where Sam Querrey defeated Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

Next up for Team U.S.A. is world number 1, Novak Djokovic and Serbia in round two which will be played in Boise, Idaho April 5th-7th.

Sponsor Spotlight: Sports Medicine North

Orthopedic excellence. Compassionate care.

Sports Medicine North has been providing orthopedic care to the Boston Lobsters for three years, and patients in the surrounding North Shore area for nearly 30 years. Regionally renowned, state-of-the-art facilities and practitioners cover virtually every aspect of orthopedic care. Their world-class team of orthopedic surgeons and specialists is dedicated to providing customized treatment plans, focused on your individual needs and goals. In addition, to being a vital orthopedic resource in the North Shore communities Dr. Bojan Zoric, Sports Medicine North physician, is the Official Sports physician for the 2012 London Olympic gold-medal-winning U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and is still working to keep them safe during their victory tour.

"Last season, Sports Medicine North provided excellent and compassionate care to an injured World TeamTennis player," said Mylan WTT Senior Vice President, Player Recruiting & League Operations, Samantha Shaw. "It is reassuring to know the level of confident and efficient care that was given to this professional athlete. A player's health is essential to their livelihood and we are thankful that Sports Medicine North has made their talented staff available to the Boston Lobsters and visiting Mylan WTT teams."

Sports Medicine North is headquartered in Peabody, Massachusetts with satellite offices in Newburyport, Manchester, Middleton and Gloucester to conveniently provide orthopedic services in the North Shore of Boston.

For more information: sportsmednorth.com & 978-818-6350.

The 2013 season for Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO will start on Sunday, July 7, with 59 matches scheduled throughout July. The dates for the 38th season of Mylan WTT will be announced the first week in March, which concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO on Sunday, July 28. Eight teams will compete in two conferences during the regular season which concludes on Wednesday, July 24. The top two teams from both the Western and Eastern Conference advance to the 2013 Mylan WTT Conference Championships which will be hosted on Thursday, July 25 by the top-seeded team in each Conference. The 2013 Mylan WTT Finals will be contested on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champions.

The Finals are being moved back to their traditional July spot following a one-year move to a September final due to 2012 Olympics scheduling.

Team schedules for the three-week regular season will be announced in early March. Each of the eight teams will play 14 matches - seven home, seven away. Eastern Conference teams are the Boston Lobsters, New York Sportimes, Philadelphia Freedoms and Washington Kastles. Western Conference teams are Orange County Breakers, Sacramento Capitals, Springfield Lasers and the yet-unnamed Irving, Texas-based team which recently relocated from Kansas City.

Team lineups will start to be developed at the Mylan WTT Marquee Draft on Tuesday, February 12, with the rosters finalized at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 12. Both drafts are scheduled for Noon EST on WTT.com.

MYLAN WTT KEY DATES:

Tues., February 12 (Noon ET) Mylan WTT Marquee Draft Week of March 4 2013 match schedule released

Tues., March 12 (Noon ET) Mylan WTT Roster Draft

Sun., July 7 - Wed., July 24 Mylan WTT Regular Season

Thurs., July 25 Mylan WTT Conference Championships presented by GEICO (location: hosted by top seeded team in both Eastern and Western Conferences)

Sun., July 28 Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO (location: at home court of Eastern Conference Champion).

2013 Season Tickets

All home matches will be played at the brand new Joan Norton Tennis Center located at the Manchester Athletic Club

The Boston Lobsters are currently seeking 2013 sponsors.

The Boston Lobsters realize each of our sponsors, corporate and community partners are uniquely diverse. Sponsorship relationships are developed to enhance an organization's mission, marketing, promotional initiatives, media exposure and community outreach goals.

The Boston Lobsters sponsors, corporate and community partners enjoy great networking events, promotional visibility, receive direct access with to Boston Lobsters fans with opportunities to entertain employees, clients, community outreach initiatives and also showcase their products & services.

For more information, including 2013 season tickets please contact Darlene Hayes.

darlene@bostonlobsters.net / 508-435-2023. www.bostonlobsters.net

The Boston Lobsters are the New England franchise of the Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT). Mylan WTT showcases the best in competitive team tennis based on equality, community and teamwork. WTT was co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970's with its innovative co-ed platform, fast and fan friendly format of play with the world's top players.

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