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Texas Wild loses four out of five last games

Texas Wild 1With a promising beginning to the season, the Texas Wild tennis team offered fans nail-biting action often ending in close wins for the Wild, but the last five games of the season were a different story.

On July 17, the Wild went head-to-head at home with the Austin Aces, who only edged out the Wild for a win by one point bringing the score to 23-22 in a Super tiebreaker.

It all came down to Eva Hrdinova and Treat Huey of the Aces against Aisam Qureshi and Anabel Garrigues of the Wild in a race to seven points. The Aces kicked up the pace and won the battle 7-4.

The Wild traveled to Austin, Texas on July 18 to face the Austin Aces on their home turf, but the home field advantage didn’t help the Aces.
The Wild found a burst of energy that ended in the Irving team trouncing their fellow Texas team 23-12.

However, the high of the win in Austin would be the last of the season for the Wild as they returned home against the Springfield Lasers July 19.
The tables had turned on the Wild, now being beaten down 25-16 despite their home court advantage.

With back-to-back home games, the Wild met back up with the Austin Aces, still sore from the thrashing they received in Austin, on July 20.
This time the Aces came back with a vengeance, returning the favor to the Wild with a 22-16 win.

For their final match of the season, the Wild traveled to the home of the number one seated team and host of the Mylan World Team Tennis Western Conference Championship, the San Diego Aviators.

The Aviators showed no mercy to the Wild as they knocked the team out 22-13.

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Win, Loss, Win at home sparks fire in Texas Wild

tx wild 1The Texas Wild tennis team put on a nail-biting performance July 11 as they barely scraped by with a 22-21 win against the Philadelphia Freedoms.
The evening started out rough for the Wild with a 5-3 loss for Anable Garrigues and Aisam Qureshi in mixed doubles against Liezel Huber and Marcel Melo of the Freedoms.

Alex Bogomolov Jr., brought the Wild fan’s back to their feet during the men’s singles match as he battled against Frank Danevic of the Freedoms for a 5-4 win.

In women’s doubles Darija Jurak and Garrigues kept the winning momentum going, and the audience on the edge of their seats, as they took it tied to match point before winning 5-4 against Huber and Taylor Townsend of the Freedoms. A tired Garrigues tried for a win in the women’s singles against Townsend, but lost out 5-3 in the end.

During the men’s doubles match, Bogomolov and Qureshi tied the game up against the Freedoms’ Dancevic and Melo with a 5-3 win that pushed the game into a super tie breaker match.

The men of the Wild and Freedoms were locked in a race to be the first to score seven points, but the Wild was to pumped to let the Freedoms take the win as the Wild boys – “Q” and “Bogy” – trounced the fatigued Freedoms 7-1.

After defeating the San Diego Aviators in sunny California 20-19 July 10, the Wild had a second bout with the Aviators Sunday evening here at home where they lost to the high-flying team 21-18.

Despite a strong lead against the Aviators of 10-6 after both mixed doubles and women’s doubles a mid-game substitution cost the Wild their hefty lead during men’s singles. During the match between Somdev Devvarman of the Aviators and Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the Wild, Bogomolov became fatigued and Aisam Qureshi was called in to finish the match. Qureshi, having been out since the mixed doubles match at the beginning of the evening, was unable to find his footing fast enough to recover the win, ending the match in a 5-3 defeat for the Wild.

The Aviators having closed the gap between themselves and the Wild to 13-11, quickly pounced on the opportunity to take the lead going into the women’s doubles.

Anabel Garrigues of the Wild, faced off against Daniela Hantuchova of the Aviators, but couldn’t seem to get in the groove, ending in a 5-1 defeat for the Wild and the Aviator’s stealing the lead.

Qureshi and Bogomolov of the Wild, came back strong, but a little too late in the final men’s double match-up of the night, nearly pulling off a Wild win, but falling just short with a 5-4 decision for the Aviators which ended the night with a 21-18 win for the San Diego Aviators.

The Wild duked it out with the Springfield Lazers with a knockout final score of 22-13 for a Wild win Tuesday night.

The night started off with a 5-2 Wild win in mixed doubles with Jurak and Qureshi against the Lasers’ Olga Govortsova and Ross Hutchins.

Garrigues and Jurak kept the momentum for the evening by winning out 5-3 Raquel Kops-Jones and Govortsova of the Lasers.

Although Bogomolov lost to Michael Russell of the Lasers 5-2 during the men’s singles match, it seemed to spark some lightning in Bogomolov as he and Qureshi came back in the final match of the evening, men’s doubles for a 5-2 win over Hutchins and Russell of the Lasers.

Just before the boys closed out the overall win for the Wild, Garrigues nearly pulled a shutout against Govortsova of the Lasers with a 5-1 win.

Win for Texas Wild in San Diego spoiled by home loss

After defeating the San Diego Aviators in sunny California 20-19, July 10, the Texas Wild tennis team had a second bout with the Aviators Sunday evening here at home where they lost to the high-flying team 21-18.

Despite a strong lead against the Aviators of 10-6 after both mixed doubles and women’s doubles a mid-game substitution cost the Wild their hefty lead during men’s singles.

During the match between Somdev Devvarman of the Aviators and Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the Wild, Bogomolov became fatigued and Aisam Qureshi was called in to finish the match.

Qureshi, having been out since the mixed doubles match at the beginning of the evening, was unable to find his footing fast enough to recover the win, ending the match in a 5-3 defeat for the Wild.

The Aviator’s having closed the gap between themselves and the Wild to 13-11, quickly pounced on the opportunity to take the lead going into the women’s doubles.

Anabel Garrigues of the Wild, faced off against Daniela Hantuchova of the Aviators, but couldn’t seem to get in the groove, ending in a 5-1 defeat for the Wild and the Aviator’s stealing the lead.

Qureshi and Bogomolov of the Wild, came back strong, but a little too late in the final men’s double match-up of the night, nearly pulling off a Wild win, but falling just short with a 5-4 decision for the Aviators which ended the night with a 21-18 win for the San Diego Aviators.

Texas Wild suffers home opener defeat

IMGP1022The Texas Wild tennis team had a rough start Tuesday night during their home opener at the Four Seasons Resort and Club as the Washington Kastles served up a 24-15 defeat to Irving’s only professional team and its head coach Brent Haygarth.

Texas Wild’s Alex Bogomolov Jr., started off strong against Kastle’s Bobby Reynolds in the men’s singles match, but ultimately handed the win to Reynlolds in a 5-2 loss.

Fans regained hope of a Wild home win during the women’s singles where Anabel Garrigues of the Wild faced off against Jarka Gajdosova of the Kastles. Although it was a close match, Garrigues took the win with a 5-4 match.

In mixed doubles action Garrigues and Aisam Qureshi teamed up for the Wild and lost in a close 5-4 match against the Kastle’s Gajdosova and Leander Paes.

The Wild seemed to lose momentum going into the women’s doubles where Wild players Darija Jurak and Garrigues suffered a staggering 5-1 defeat by Kastle players Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova.
Bogomolov and Qureshi made a strong effort to bring the Wild’s back during the men’s doubles, but were edged out 5-3 by Paes and Reynolds of the Kastles.

The Wild’s MVP of the evening was clearly Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) newcomer Garrigues who secured the solitary win for the team during the women’s singles.

Garrigues who is currently ranked No. 22 in doubles and No. 213 in singles as of May is a native of Valencia, Spain who joined Mylan WTT for the first time this year. She won back-to-back French Open doubles trophies in 2008 and 2009 and at the tour level has won 11 singles and 23 doubles titles.

Garrigues also touts a silver medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is credited with reaching the third round, or better, at every major in singles.

The Texas Wild will return home tomorrow for more fast-paced tennis action against the San Diego Aviators who won in a close 20-19 tournament against the Philadelphia Freedoms on the Aviators home turf Tuesday night.

Forget not the youngest kings of the court

Standing along the baseline or passing balls to the pros, everyone knows the ball boys or ball persons are the unsung heroes of any tennis tournament, without whom chaos would reign.
For Texas’ only professional tennis team, the Texas Wild, nothing but the best of the best could be considered. A survey of the local youngsters revealed a wealth of untapped ball person talent right in our own back yard. Future tennis pros and teachers studying the game at Hackberry Creek Country Club and Slam Jammers from the USTA’s own development program volunteered for the vital positions.
“Being a ball person means the world to these kids,” said Ruth Lopez, a volunteer from Hackberry Creek watching over the youngsters. “It means being on the court with idols. They are all eager to get on the court. They are all like, ‘Am I next? Am I next?’ These kids all play tournaments, and they are all champs or super champs. So they are all big tennis geeks.

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Team’s inaugural season runs Wild

Local sports fanatics had reason to cheer as the Kansas City Explores made their new home in Irving as the Texas Wild.
The season got off to a smashing start as the Wild broke the Washington Kastles’ 34 game winning streak. Though it was not happy news, the team won more often than it lost claiming a spot in the WTT Mylan playoffs.
Among the incredible talent the Wild brought with them to Texas were Jim Courier, a former number one ranked men’s tennis player in the world, Genie Bouchard who is currently ranked 55th in the world for women’s singles and Darija Jurak who holds 38 ITF Women’s Circuit Doubles titles. Not to mention Bob and Mike Bryan, the most successful duo in men’s tennis doubles history.
“When you are putting a team together you want to look at talent, team chemistry and everything,” said Jeff Launius, the Wild’s owner and general manager. “With this particular group of players, we have a little bit of everything. We have youth. We have some veterans. We’ve got great leadership in all aspects.
“This team leaves it out on the court every single night. I could not be more pleased and happy with everybody’s effort, individually and as a team. It has been nothing short of fantastic.

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Wild rebound after West Coast defeat

22 – 17, Texas Wild – Boston Lobsters

The Texas Wild celebrated a well-deserved victory after Saturday night’s win against the Boston
Lobsters at the Four Seasons Resort Club in Las Colinas.

After last week’s 25-15 loss to the Orange County Breakers, the Wild looked to step-up their intensity in the Saturday night match-up.

“I feel really good because we bounced back very well after last week’s match,” Texas Wild coach Brent Haygarth explained. “The team was fired up. We knew we needed to get a win.”

The match began with Darija Jurak and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of the Texas Wild vs. Katalin Marosi and Eric Butorac of Boston in Mixed Doubles. The two teams traded wins until the pairs were tied 4-4. Texas began the 9-point tie breaker game with two quick points for a solid lead; however, the Boston team was able to counter, eventually winning the game 5-3, resulting in the overall set score of 5-4 Boston.

Qureshi is currently ranked No. 11 in Doubles as of June 2013. He also started the Stop War Start Tennis charity that aims to help victims of landmines and other weapons of war.

Perhaps the highlight of Saturday night’s win was the Women’s Doubles match up. Texas Wild team members Darija Jurak and Eugenie Bouchard dominated the set, beating Jill Craybas and Katalin Marosi of the Boston Lobsters, 5-0.

The match continued with the Men’s Doubles where Texas Wild team members Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Alex Bogomolov Jr. put on a solid performance against Eric Butorac and Mark Philippousses of the Lobsters. Similar to the mixed doubles, the two pairs traded wins in the beginning of the match up. Despite the intense performance by the Texas Wild, Boston won the set 5-3.

During the Women’s Singles, Craybas faced off against Bouchard – the winner of the 2012 Wimbledon Girl’s Singles – carried on the energy of her earlier Women’s Doubles win, dominating Craybas 5-2, resulting in an overall set score of 17-12 in favor of Texas. During Bouchard’s tennis career, she has won six ITF singles titles.

The final match-up of the evening was the Men’s Singles. During a nail-biting performance, Bogomolov and Philippousses faced-off to determine the winner of the Saturday night match. To call the Men’s Singles contest “close” is an understatement. Continuing the theme of the evening, both men traded wins throughout the ordeal. As if it were planned, Bogomolov won every-other game until the tie breaker game. The crowd cheered loudly for Bogomolov; however, he was not able to secure a win.

Due to Philippousses’ tiebreaker win against Bogomolov, the match went into overtime. The game was quickly tied 2-2 as Bogomolov looked to counter the 6’4” Philippousses. Bogomolov took the lead and ended the overtime game, beating the exhausted Boston team member 5-2. The win resulted in the overall final match score of 22-17 Texas.

During his tennis career, Bogomolov has won 14 ITF singles titles in addition to career wins over a few well-known tennis players including Tommy Haas, James Blake, Nikolay Davydenko, and more.
“I’m so happy we won. We really deserved it,” Jurak excitedly explained. “We made a few little mistakes, but in the end I think Alex put on a great performance for us. I’m so happy.”

Jurak is the newest addition to the Texas Wild team. During her successful tennis career, she has accomplished many feats including reaching the third round of Wimbledon Women’s doubles earlier this year. As of July 2013, she is ranked No. 39 in the world in Women’s Doubles.

“We had a good day’s break and a good day of rest,” Haygarth said after the match. “The women really gave us a great lead. We were able to play a little more freely after the women went 5-0 in doubles. Any time you can win a set 5-0, it’s going to be tough to lose from there. I think the intensity and energy was higher. We had an extra day to practice and an extra day to rest, which is key.”

Excited Texas Wild fans lined up after the game for autographs from both the Texas Wild team and the Boston Lobsters.

Texas Wild topple Kastles in home opener

23-18, Texas Wild
The Texas Wild kicked off their inaugural home game against the Washington Kastles at the Four Seasons Resort & Club on July 10 in the Technicolor arena Jeff Launius has temporarily erected on top of the club’s marquee tennis stadium.
1,516 North Texans who signed the adoption papers for their new team welcomed the Wild with screams and cheers. One problem with a smaller league like World TeamTennis is every franchise does not live in cities across the nation. Practically speaking, this meant that the only Kastles fans were sitting on the players’ bench. There are unconfirmed reports, however, that a journalist lost five dollars to Mayor Beth Van Duyne by betting on his home team.

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Team tennis anyone?

By Bill Jones

The first time I ever picked up a tennis racquet was when I was about ten years old. My mother had bought me a Spalding “Pancho Gonzales Signature Model” wooden tennis racquet and signed me up for a summer tennis camp at Lively Park, across the street from Irving High School.

I enjoyed the camp, but tennis wasn’t exactly the sport of choice in our North Irving neighborhood. If you’re the only kid on the block who owns a Spalding “Pancho Gonzales Signature Model” wooden tennis racquet, what good is it anyway? After all, you can only hit a tennis ball up against the side of the house for so long. So, front yard pick up football games it was.

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