Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Capitals' successor folds after less than month

   The Sacramento Capitals lasted 28 years in World TeamTennis.
   Their successor, the Las Vegas Neon, lasted just over 28 days.
   WTT termined its agreement with Capital Sports Management LLC regarding the Neon "due to the franchise's failure to meet its obligations to Mylan World TeamTennis," the league announced on March 5.
   Translation: Team owner Deepal Wannakuwatte is in a Sacramento jail on charges of orchestrating a $150 million fraud while recruiting investors for his medical supply business.
   "We are disappointed that we won't be able to bring the excitement and energy of Mylan WTT to Las Vegas this coming season," league CEO/commissioner Ilana Kloss said in a statement. "We are grateful to the Las Vegas tennis community, Darling Tennis Center and city leadership for their support and understanding around this unexpected development involving the Neon team franchise ownership.
   "We still believe that Las Vegas would be a terrific home for a Mylan WTT team and hope to revisit Las Vegas as a potential market in the future."
  The Capitals, owned by Wannakuwatte, announced on Feb. 4 that they were moving to Las Vegas because the Sacramento area lacks a permanent tennis facility.    
   WTT will open its 39th season on July 6 with seven teams: the Austin Aces, San Diego Aviators, Springfield (Mo.) Lasers and Texas Wild in the Western Conference and the Washington Kastles, Boston Lobsters and Philadelphia Freedoms in the Eastern Conference.
   Washington has won the last three WTT titles. The Austin franchise moved from Orange County and the San Diego team relocated from New York after last season. Texas moved from Kansas City after the 2012 campaign.
   Only one player from last year's Capitals, doubles specialist Megan Moulton-Levy, is listed on a roster this year. The 5-foot (1.52-meter) American, who turned 29 on Tuesday, will play for Boston.
   Not scheduled to play WTT are 2013 Capitals Mark Knowles, Mardy Fish, Ryan Sweeting, Sam Querrey and Taylor Townsend.
   Knowles, a 12-year WTT veteran (all with the Capitals), won the league's Male MVP award in 2001, 2005 and 2007. Fish, 32, has been plagued by an irregular heartbeat. Sweeting, 26, underwent back surgery last August and married Kaley Cuoco, a star on the hit television comedy "The Big Bang Theory," on Dec. 31.
   No. 68 San Diego def. Saint Mary's 7-0 in Moraga. No. 1 singles: Clarke Spinosa, ranked 59th, def. Joakim Norstrom 6-2, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 2, Uros Petronijevic def. Tuomas Manner 6-2, 6-2. Records: San Diego 6-4 overall, 1-0 West Coast Conference; Saint Mary's 5-4, 0-1.
  UC Davis def. Youngstown State 7-0 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Alex Adamson def. Sebastian Hagn 6-0, 7-5. Records: UC Davis 8-6, Youngstown State 3-9.
    UC Davis def. Youngstown State 4-3 in Davis. No. 1 singles: Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Margarita Sadovnikova 6-1, 6-4. Clinching match: At No. 3, Melissa Kobayakawa def. Annina Brendel 6-0, 6-4. Records: UC Davis 7-6, Youngstown State 5-8.
   Pacific def. Grand Canyon 4-3 in Honolulu. No. 1 singles: Iveta Masavova (P) def. Priscilla Annoual 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 in clinching match. Records: Pacific 6-5, Grand Canyon 6-4.

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