Mylan WTT team headed to San Diego
January 16, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Mylan World TeamTennis is returning to San Diego.
The San Diego Aviators will make their debut this summer after local businessman Russell Geyser bought the New York franchise and relocated the professional tennis team. The Aviators will begin their inaugural season in July. The team is reviewing potential sites and will announce the final venue selection in a few weeks.
“Tennis has long been a passion of mine, and the opportunity to continue to bring world class professional tennis to San Diego was a remarkable one,” said Geyser. “It is our goal to field a championship team in an unparalleled venue and combine each event with music and charity. We named the team The San Diego Aviators to be evocative of San Diego’s long, storied history of military and commercial aviation.”
Geyser is the owner of the San Diego franchise with Jack McGrory as a minority partner. Shelly Hall will be the Aviators’ general manager.
San Diego’s history with Mylan World TeamTennis dates back to the 1970s and 80s when the San Diego Friars played in the League. Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, who is a Southern California native from Long Beach, also hosts an annual junior tournament in San Diego.
Mylan WTT is well known for showcasing and introducing innovative elements to tennis including instant replay, teams featuring men and women in equal roles, cumulative and no-ad scoring, on-court coaching and timeouts, Overtime and Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts and player names on the back of shirts.
Each Mylan WTT team is comprised of two men, two women and a coach. Team matches consist of five sets, with one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set. One point is awarded for each game won, and a nine-point tiebreaker is played if a set reaches four all. If necessary, Overtime and a Supertiebreaker are played to determine the outright winner of the match.
For more information on the San Diego Aviators, please visit sandiegoaviators.com or call 619-683-3700. Find the Aviators on Twitter @SDAviators. For more information on Mylan WTT, visit WTT.com.