The Irving-based Texas Wild of Mylan World TeamTennis said Thursday that it traded marque players Bob and Mike Bryan to the San Diego Aviators for financial considerations.
The deal sends the world’s No. 1-ranked doubles team closer to family and friends in their native California, where they will play for the newest team in the WTT.
For Wild owner and general manager Jeff Launius, the trade was as much a favor to the brothers as it was a business decision.
“Bob and Mike are great champions, and they are also really great people,” Launius said. “After playing for me for 12 years, I consider them close friends and wanted to respect their desire to be closer to their family, and we will always wish them the best.”
Launius and the Wild will begin putting together the 2014 team with the Mylan WTT Marquee Player Draft on Feb. 11 and the Roster Player Draft on March 11.
Launius is hopeful that Eugenie Bouchard will be returning to the Wild, should the 19-year-old rising star commit to playing World TeamTennis next season. She helped the Wild to the Western Conference Finals in July.
Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open semifinals this week before losing to No. 4-ranked Li Na. In one year, Bouchard has risen from 145th in the world to No. 31. Her Australian results will put her in the top 20 when the new rankings are released.
“Genie is so talented and we are really proud of her success,” Launius said. “The sports world is now discovering what our fans saw firsthand last summer. Genie’s star is definitely on the rise, and we want to bring her back to the Wild roster.
“We will have an exciting team in 2014. Texas fans got a taste of how competitive and intense Mylan WTT action is last year, and we will build on that this summer. We were just one win short of making it to the Finals, so our goal is to get to the Finals and bring the King Trophy home to Irving.”
The 2014 season runs July 6-27. The Wild will play 14 regular-season matches, including seven home matches at the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas in Irving. The schedule is expected to be released in early March.
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