March 15, 2017 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Orange County Breakers
INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.- The Orange County Breakers finalized their roster during Tuesday\'s 2017 Mylan World TeamTennis Draft by adding Yanina Wickmayer, Michael Venus, Andreja Klepac and Teymuraz Gabashvili.
"We put this team together with our sights set on the King Trophy," said Breakers head coach Rick Leach. "Gabashvili, who was the 2015 Mylan WTT Male MVP is a huge piece for us and our first round pick, Yanina Wickmayer is a phenomenal singles player. Michael Venus and Andreja Klepac will also be two of the top doubles players in the league."
Wickmayer, who was selected in the first round of the draft by the Breakers with the fifth overall pick, will be entering her first Mylan WTT season in 2017. The 27 year old Belgian has a career high singles ranking of no. 12 and has seven Women\'s Tennis Association (WTA) titles to her name. Wickmayer is a Fed Cup regular, 2012 Olympian and former US Open semifinalist.
The Breakers second round pick Michael Venus is also entering his rookie Mylan WTT season in 2017. Currently ranked no. 40 in the world in doubles, Venus played college tennis at Louisiana State University and is a regular on the New Zealand Davis Cup squad. Venus has won five career ATP World Tour titles.
Klepac will be entering her second Mylan WTT season and first with the Breakers in 2017. Klepac has played in 35 Fed Cup ties for Slovenia and was a member of the Washington Kastles last season. Currently ranked no. 26 in doubles, Klepac has won four career WTA titles and is a former quarterfinalist of the Australian and US Open.
Gabashvili was the 2015 Mylan WTT Male MVP in his only previous season in the league. The Breakers fourth round selection and Moscow resident plays Davis Cup for Russia and has twice reached the fourth round of the French Open. Gabashvili hit a career high singles ranking of 43 in 2016 and boasts career best wins over Andy Murray, Fernando Gonzalez and Andy Roddick.
The upcoming Mylan WTT regular season is set to take place July 16-August 2, 2017. The Breakers will host seven home matches during that time at Breakers Stadium at Palisades Tennis Club. Season tickets will be going on sale in the coming weeks. For more information on the team, schedule dates and more, please visit www.BreakersTennis.com.