It’s a clean sweep of awards for the Orange County Breakers.
For the first time in league history, every roster team member of one team earned a Mylan WTT season award in all five categories.
Teymuraz Gabashvili and Andreja Klepac were named league MVPs while their teammates Ken Skupski and Yanina Wickmayer earned Rookie of the Year honors. Rick Leach was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Breakers to a 9-5 regular season record and a spot in the Mylan WTT Finals for the third consecutive year.
Orange County will face off against the San Diego Aviators in the Mylan WTT Finals on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. The match begins at 8 p.m. with ESPN3, and ESPN2 joinING the live action at 9 p.m.
It’s obvious that Gabashvili knows how to win in the WTT format. The Russian has emerged as the Mylan WTT Male MVP in both seasons he’s played, adding to his 2015 award. Gabashvili finished second in each of his events, men’s singles and doubles, to establish himself this season as a reliable team member. After losing his first singles set 5-0, Gabashvili went on to claim eight of the nine sets he played.
“I am really excited about the award,” said Gabashvili. “I want to thank my teammates for supporting each other through the WTT season, and coach Rick Leach for helping us. I think we all deserve to me MVPs this year, and we still have one more step to do.”
A year ago, Klepac enjoyed her first taste of Mylan WTT as a substitute player for the Washington Kastles. This time around, the Slovenian can call herself Mylan WTT Female MVP.
Klepac was a formidable player on the doubles court, finishing first in women’s doubles and third in mixed doubles as an individual. With mixed partner Ken Skupski, the two claimed 14 of the 17 three-all points they played, showcasing a vital ability to deliver under pressure.
“I am really happy to get this award,” said Klepac. “Without my teammates, this wouldn’t be possible. I am very happy to be part of the Orange County Breakers.”
Skupski keeps the Mylan WTT Male Rookie of the Year award in the family, joining younger brother Neal (2015) among the club. Skupski ranked third individually in men’s doubles and mixed doubles among league leaders, proving his value as a core member of the Breakers team. Skupski, playing his first full season in the league, converted 13 of 20 break points throughout the season in mixed doubles with Klepac.
“I am really pleased to…