2018 World TeamTennis season

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2018 World TeamTennis season
LeagueWorld TeamTennis
SportTeam tennis
Duration15 July – 5 August 2018
Number of matchesRegular season: 42 (14 for each team)
Postseason: 1
Number of teams6
Regular season
Top seedPhiladelphia Freedoms
Season MVPUnited States Taylor Townsend (Female)
Poland Marcin Matkowski (Male)
World TeamTennis Finals
VenueDaskalakis Athletic Center
ChampionsSpringfield Lasers
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Freedoms
Finals MVPSerbia Miomir Kecmanović
World TeamTennis seasons

The 2018 World TeamTennis season was the 43rd season of the top professional team tennis league in the United States.

The Springfield Lasers defeated the Philadelphia Freedoms in the WTT Finals to win their first King Trophy as WTT champions.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The 2018 World TeamTennis season included six teams. Each team played a 14-match regular-season schedule with seven home and seven away matches. The top two teams in the regular season qualified for the World TeamTennis Finals. The higher seed was treated as the "home" team in the WTT Finals and had the right to determine the order of play. The winner of the WTT Finals was awarded the King Trophy.

Teams and players[edit]

Roster players compete (nearly) the entire season, Franchise and Wildcard players only a limited season. Substitute players are not listed.[2]

New York Empire Orange County Breakers Philadelphia Freedoms San Diego Aviators Springfield Lasers Washington Kastles
Roster players
United States Dennis Novikov Barbados Darian King United States Kevin King United Kingdom Marcus Willis Serbia Miomir Kecmanović United States Tennys Sandgren
Germany Tatjana Maria Belgium Yanina Wickmayer United States Taylor Townsend United Kingdom Naomi Broady United States Vania King United States Madison Brengle
United Kingdom Neal Skupski Brazil Marcelo Demoliner France Fabrice Martin Poland Marcin Matkowski Canada Daniel Nestor Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Spain María José Martínez Slovenia Andreja Klepac United States Raquel Atawo Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld United States Abigail Spears United States Nicole Melichar
Franchise and Wildcard players
United States Mardy Fish United States Sam Querrey United States Sloane Stephens United States CoCo Vandeweghe United States Jack Sock United States Venus Williams
United States Steve Johnson Canada Gabriela Dabrowski United States Taylor Fritz United States Bob & Mike Bryan
United States Frances Tiafoe
Japan Naomi Osaka
Coaches
United States Gigi Fernández United States Rick Leach United States Craig Kardon United Kingdom John Lloyd South Africa John-Laffnie de Jager United States Murphy Jensen
  • On 2 August 2018, the Springfield Lasers traded Marcelo Demoliner from the Orange County Breakers for Daniel Nestor.[3]

Standings[edit]

The top two teams qualified for the 2018 WTT Finals.[4]

Pos Team MP W L Pct MB
1 Philadelphia Freedoms 14 12 2 .857 0
2 Springfield Lasers 14 8 6 .571 4
3 Washington Kastles 14 7 7 .500 5
4 San Diego Aviators 14 7 7 .500 5
5 Orange County Breakers 14 6 8 .429 6
6 New York Empire 14 2 12 .143 10

Results table[edit]

Team Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
New York Empire (NYE) WAS WAS PHL SPR SAN WAS WAS SPR OCB SPR OCB SAN PHL PHL
18–22 20–21 17–21 22–23 18–23 18–20 14–24 17–25 14–22 20–21 16–22 21–17 13–23 19–15
Orange County Breakers (OCB) PHL SPR WAS PHL SPR SAN SAN PHL NYE SAN NYE SAN SPR WAS
16–23 22–16 18–22 20–16 20–19 17–19 20–21 14–26 22–14 18–23 22–16 19–24 17–20 23–17
Philadelphia Freedoms (PHL) OCB SAN NYE OCB WAS SPR SPR OCB SAN WAS WAS SPR NYE NYE
23–16 22–17 21–17 16–21 21–14 24–19 23–12 26–14 25–12 23–18 23–19 20–18 23–13 15–19
San Diego Aviators (SAN) SPR PHL SPR WAS NYE OCB OCB WAS PHL OCB NYE OCB WAS SPR
21–12 17–22 20–22 25–13 23–18 19–17 21–20 20–21 12–25 23–18 17–21 24–19 18–19 18–25
Springfield Lasers (SPR) SAN OCB SAN NYE OCB PHL PHL NYE WAS NYE WAS PHL OCB SAN
12–21 16–22 22–20 23–22 19–20 19–24 12–23 25–17 22–15 21–20 22–21 18–20 20–17 25–18
Washington Kastles (WAS) NYE NYE OCB SAN PHL NYE NYE SAN SPR PHL PHL SPR SAN OCB
22–18 21–20 22–18 13–25 14–21 20–18 24–14 21–20 15–22 18–23 19–23 21–22 19–18 17–23
Color Key: Win  • Loss  • Home  • Away Reference:[5]

Statistical leaders[edit]

The table below shows the WTT team and the player who had the highest regular-season winning percentages in each of the league's five events. Only players who played in at least 40% of the total number of games played by their team in a particular event are eligible to be listed.[6]

Event Team Player
Team GP GW GL Pct Player Team GP GW GL Pct
Men's singles Springfield Lasers 102 57 45 .559 Miomir Kecmanović SPR 96 52 44 .542
Women's singles Philadelphia Freedoms 99 69 30 .697 Taylor Townsend PHL 82 60 22 .732
Men's doubles Orange County Breakers 110 62 48 .564 Marcelo Demoliner OCB 101 57 44 .564
Women's doubles Philadelphia Freedoms 107 63 44 .589 Taylor Townsend PHL 92 53 39 .576
Mixed doubles San Diego Aviators 114 61 53 .535 Marcin Matkowski, Anna-Lena Grönefeld SAN 114 61 53 .535
  • Most Valuable Players[7]
    Female MVP: Taylor Townsend
    Male MVP: Marcin Matkowski

WTT Finals[edit]

Date Champion Runner-up Score Venue Finals MVP Ref.
5 August 2018 Springfield Lasers Philadelphia Freedoms 19–18 Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia Miomir Kecmanović [8]

Match summary

Event Springfield Lasers Philadelphia Freedoms Score Total score
Men's doubles Miomir Kecmanović / Marcelo Demoliner Kevin King / Fabrice Martin 5–3 5–3
Women's doubles Abigail Spears / Vania King Taylor Townsend / Raquel Atawo 5–2 10–5
Mixed doubles Marcelo Demoliner / Abigail Spears Fabrice Martin / Taylor Townsend 2–5 12–10
Women's singles Vania King Taylor Townsend 2–5 14–15
Men's singles Miomir Kecmanović Kevin King 5–3 19–18

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lasers stun Freedoms, 19-18, for first World TeamTennis title". Tennis.com. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Teams". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Orange County Breakers make trade, play spoiler against Washington". Daily Pilot - LA Times. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 League Standings". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Schedule". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 League Leaders". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Townsend, Matkowski Lead 2018 WTT Award Recipients". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Lasers Claim First WTT Championship In Dramatic Final". World TeamTennis. Retrieved 5 August 2018.

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