Before we focus on the Mylan WTT Finals, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the achievements of the Washington Kastles, whose season came to an end on Saturday. It marked just the third time in franchise history that the team failed to make the playoffs; in every other year, the Kastles have won the King Trophy as WTT champions.
Since entering the league in 2008, the Kastles have been the league’s dynasty, winning six of the last seven titles. In doing so, Washington strung together a 34-match winning streak (between 2010 and 2013) that put this summertime tennis tradition on the national map.
The King Trophy will head to the west coast this summer—the Orange County Breakers (8-4) and San Diego Aviators (8-4) will tangle for the title at the historic West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y. on August 26—but the Kastles didn’t give it up without a fight. Washington ended the season on a three-match winning streak to finish with a 7-5, third-place record. Nick Kyrgios, pictured above during Mylan WTT PlayDay, took part in mixed doubles, men’s doubles and men’s singles on Saturday:
WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Orange County Breakers 25-19 (EP)
Mixed Doubles - Nick Kyrgios\Andreja Klepac (Kastles) def. Scott Lipsky\Alla Kudryavtseva (Breakers) 5-3
Women's Singles - Madison Brengle (Kastles) def. Nicole Gibbs (Breakers) 5-3
Men's Doubles - Sam Groth\Nick Kyrgios (Kastles) def. Scott Lipsky\Dennis Novikov (Breakers) 5-4
Women's Doubles - Madison Brengle\Andreja Klepac (Kastles) def. Nicole Gibbs\Alla Kudryavtseva (Breakers) 5-3
Men's Singles - Dennis Novikov (Breakers) def. Nick Kyrgios (Kastles) 5-4
Extended Play - Men's Singles - Nick Kyrgios (Kastles) tied Dennis Novikov (Breakers) 1-1
The Breakers’ loss ensured that they’d be the second seed in the Mylan WTT Finals. The top-seeded Aviators also lost their last match of the regular season, but secured a spot in the championship match on Friday:
The Philadelphia Freedoms finished the 2016 season in fourth place with a 7-5 record; rounding out the standing are the Springfield Lasers, in fifth place at 4-8, and the New York Empire, in sixth place at 2-10.
SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. New York Empire 22-19 (EP)
Men's Doubles - Benjamin Becker\Eric Butorac (Lasers) def. Neal Skupski\Marcus Willis (Empire) 5-4
Women's Doubles - Michaella Krajicek\Pauline Parmentier (Lasers) def. Maria Irigoyen\Christina McHale (Empire) 5-3
Mixed Doubles - Michaella Krajicek\Eric Butorac (Lasers) def. Maria Irigoyen\Neal Skupski (Empire) 5-1
Women's Singles - Christina McHale (Empire) def. Michaella Krajicek (Lasers) 5-2
Men's Singles - Marcus Willis (Empire) def. Benjamin Becker (Lasers) 5-4
Extended Play - Men's Singles - Benjamin Becker (Lasers) tied Marcus Willis (Empire) 1-1