Written by Jess Paniszczyn
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.