The Texas Wild will open its inaugural season in World TeamTennis on Sunday night in Sacramento when it takes on the Capitals in the start of a two-match West Coast road swing.The Wild, known as the Explorers before relocating from Kansas City to Irving, will play the Orange County Breakers in Irvine, Calif., on Monday before returning to Irving for the home opener Wednesday at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas.The Wild announced Saturday that the Bryan brothers will be making an additional appearance in Las Colinas on July 19 against the Washington Kastles and soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer Martina Hingis. Bob and Mike Bryan, the Wild’s marquee players who won their fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title Saturday at Wimbledon, had only been scheduled to play two road matches for Texas and one home match July 20 against Orange County.In addition to the Grand Slam titles, they also won the Olympic gold medals in London, giving them a “Golden Slam.” The Wild will honor both the Bryans and Hingis during a ceremony on July 19. In Sunday’s match, the Wild will be led by 19-year-old rising star Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who is ranked No. 66 but should make big jump this week when the new rankings are released. Bouchard reached the third round at Wimbledon in her first appearance at the famed grass-court event. Bouchard upset former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the second round.Joining Bouchard Sunday will be doubles specialist Draija Jurak of Croatia, who is ranked No. 39 in doubles, and Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia, who is ranked No. 81 in singles. Bogomolov reached a career high of No. 33 in 2011. He will be joined by doubles specialist Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan, who is ranked No. 12 in doubles and won the Sony Open title with Jean-Julien Rojer earlier this year. The Capitals will be led by Southlake resident and three-time Grand Slam men’s doubles champion Mark Knowles and No. 64-ranked Ryan Sweeting. They will be joined by NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford and Megan Moulton-Levy, who is ranked No. 59 in doubles.Bouchard should be a slight favorite to win her singles match against Gibbs, but Sweeting holds a 6-3 edge on Bogomolov in nine head-to-head pro-level matches, and has won the past four matchups. A split in singles puts even more pressure on the doubles specialists in men’s, women’s and mixed.For ticket information go to texaswildtennis.com or call 972-823-9453.
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