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Sacramento sweeps WTT postseason honors

July 29, 2004 - World TeamTennis (WTT) News Release

Dmitry Tursunov Captures WTT Male MVP Honor and Male Rookie of the Year For The Western Conference Champion Sacramento Capitals

After leading the Sacramento Capitals to the Western Conference Championship with a League best 13-1 record and a spot in the 2004 WTT Semifinal Playoffs, first year player Dmitry Tursunov was named the WTT Pro League Male MVP along with Male Rookie of the Year. For his success this summer, the League will award him a check for $25,000.

Tursunov teamed up with fellow teammate Mark Knowles to finish the regular season as the League’s #1 ranked men’s doubles tandem, with a record of 65-40 (0.619 pct.). Tursunov also finished out the men’s singles season ranked #1 with a win-loss record of 46-31 (0.597 pct.).

“This truly was an exciting first season for me,” said Tursunov. “We played hard throughout the whole season and I’m looking forward to having a good championship weekend in New York next month.”

Nicole Vaidisova Takes Home WTT Female MVP Honor and Female Rookie of the Year

Nicole Vaidisova, of Prague, Czech Republic, was selected as both the WTT Pro League Female MVP and Female Rookie of the Year for her outstanding play with the Sacramento Capitals. Vaidisova, in her first year with WTT, will take home a check from the League for $25,000.

Vaidisova finished the season with a 66-36 record and a #1 ranking in women’s singles (.647 pct.) and a win-loss record of 59-41 in women’s doubles teaming up with Anastassia Rodionova to have a final ranking of #3 (.590 pct.).

“I had an incredible experience playing WTT this summer and am honored to receive these awards,” said Vaidisova. “I'd like to thank my teammates, coach Wayne Bryan, the Sacramento Capitals organization and all the fans in Sacramento for making this such an amazing experience. I look forward to competing in the WTT playoffs in New York just before the US Open, and to hopefully win the WTT title for the Sacramento Capitals.”

Wayne Bryan of the Sacramento Capitals Takes Coach of the Year Honors

In his third year with WTT, Wayne Bryan of the Western Conference Champion Sacramento Capitals was named the 2004 WTT Coach of the Year. Bryan and his team acquired the best team record in the Pro League (13-1) and will head to New York at the end of August to try and win their sixth World TeamTennis title. In addition to his WTT coaching duties, Bryan is also a frequent national speaker and clinician along with being father to the #1 doubles team on the ATP tour, Bob and Mike Bryan. Bryan led the Capitals to their fifth WTT championship during his first year of coaching the Capitals in 2002. He recently published a book, “ The Formula, Raising Your Child to be a Champion in Athletics, Arts and Academics.”

“This award just doesn’t belong to me,” said Bryan. “Our team came together each night and worked hard, it belongs to all of us. I’m extremely honored to have this award and proud of my players for the dedication they put forth each night.”

2004 WTT Pro League Postseason Awards:
WTT Male MVP – Dmitry Tursunov, Sacramento Capitals ($15,000)
WTT Female MVP – Nicole Vaidisova, Sacramento Capitals ($15,000)
WTT Male Rookie – Dmitry Tursunov, Sacramento Capitals ($10,000)
WTT Female Rookie – Nicole Vaidisova, Sacramento Capitals ($10,000)
WTT Coach of the Year – Wayne Bryan, Sacramento Capitals 2004

WTT Semi-Finals and Finals
When: Semifinals: Friday, August 27 -- Semis #1 - 1 p.m. // Semis #2 – 4:30 p.m.
Finals: Saturday, August 28 – 2 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, August 29
Where: USTA National Tennis Center – Court #11
Who: Hartford FoxForce (9-5) vs. Delaware Smash (8-6) Sacramento Capitals (12-1) vs. Newport Beach Breakers (8-6)

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