Written by Staff
The team members of Irving’s newest resident sports team, Texas Wild – part of Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) – come from all over the world, so here is a short introduction to the players.
2013 marks Bob Bryan’s 11th season with the WTT. He previously played for the Idaho Sneakers, Newport Beach Breakers and Kansas City Explorers. He is currently ranked No. 1 in doubles and won his 90th career doubles title with his brother, Mike Bryan, with a victory at London’s Queen’s club Championship in June. Also this year, the Bryan Brothers captured their 14th Grand Slam title at the Roland Garros in France.
Besides the victories shared with this brother, Bob, Mike Bryan captured the Mixed Doubles title at Wimbledon in 2012 with Lisa Raymond. Not only is Mike playing alongside his brother in the WTT, but competing against his father, Wayne Bryan, coach for the Sacramento Capitals.
Jim Courier previously played in the WTT for the New York Hamptons and the New York Buzz. He won Gland Slam singles titles at the French Open in 1991 and 1992 and in the Australian Open in 1992 and 1993. Courier not only played on Davis Cup-winning teams in 1992 and 1995 but currently serves as the captain of the US Davis Cup team. In 2005 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. During the course of his career, Courier has won 23 career singles titles.
It looked like Moscow native Alex Bogomolov Jr. was born to play tennis. His father, Alex Sr., was a Soviet national coach who trained some of Russia’s greatest No. 1 ranked tennis players. Besides having a rich history with the WTT, he was voted the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) Most Improved Player in 2011 after rising 132 rankings spots and posting 27 tour-level wins. This year, he was on two Challenger Tour singles titles in Guadalajara, Mexico and Kunming in Southwest China.
Texas Wild’s youngest team member, Eugenie Bouchard, made her WTT debut in 2009 with the Kansas City Explorers when she was 16. This year, she made the Top 100 debut after reaching the quarterfinals round in Charleston, SC. She won three junior Grand Slams and is the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Currently ranked No. 12 in doubles, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, has won eight career doubles titles on the ATP World Tour. Prolific both on and off the court, he released a book in 2012 titled “Lessons Learnt from the Tennis Tour.” He also started charity, Stop War Start Tennis, dedicated to helping victims of weapons like landmines resume an active lifestyle.
Although Croatian Darija Jurak is a late addition to the team, she is bringing with her a successful European career where she has won many tournaments, primarily in Croatia and Italy, and reached a highest ranking of 39 for doubles.