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Mylan World TeamTennis returns to Sacramento area in 2015 with California Dream
Mylan World TeamTennis returns to Sacramento area in 2015 with California Dream

A newly-formed ownership group is moving the Texas Wild franchise from their home in Irving, Texas, to Sacramento beginning with the 2015 season of Mylan World TeamTennis. The team will be re-branded as California Dream and play at Sunrise Mall in the Sunrise MarketPlace Business District in Citrus Heights, Calif.

The new ownership group includes long-time franchise owner Jeff Launius who is joined by Harbor Point Tennis Club president Bob Kaliski and Dallas-based investment banker Michael Malone. Kaliski, who is well-known in Northern California tennis circles for his successful tennis events, was eager to see professional team tennis return to the Sacramento region.

Kaliski pitched Launius, who has been a WTT team owner since 2001, on bringing the team to the Sacramento area. Launius is well aware of the popularity of team tennis in the area. “For so many years, I hated bringing my team to Sacramento because I knew there would be so many fans there going crazy for their team. I hope they feel the same way about the Dream and come out to support us. This market certainly has fans that know and love World TeamTennis and they deserve a team.”

The Dream will play seven home matches this July on a specially-constructed stadium in the parking lot at Sunrise Mall.  Sunrise MarketPlace will be an inaugural sponsor of the California Dream. Launius said the support of Sunrise MarketPlace merchants and the area’s fan base was appealing to the Dream’s owners.

Sunrise MarketPlace Executive Director Kathilynn Carpenter said, “We welcome the California Dream to Citrus Heights.  We fully support the new team and its owners and look forward to seeing the stadium rise again at Sunrise Mall.  Our customers have indicated they missed the sports-entertainment that team tennis brought to the District for several seasons beginning in 2002.”

World TeamTennis has been popular in the Sacramento area for nearly three decades. The region was previously home to one of the most successful franchises in league history from 1986-2013. According to research by Sunrise MarketPlace during the last tennis season in 2012, 43% of attendees spent an average of $71.45 the night of the event within the Sunrise MarketPlace Business District. 

Team ownership will unveil the team logo and ticket packages in the next few weeks. The 2015 rosters will be finalized at the Mylan WTT Player Draft on March 16 in Indian Wells, Calif. The regular season begins July 12 and concludes on August 2 with the Mylan WTT Finals.

For more information on Mylan WTT, visit WTT.com.

For updates and more information on the California Dream, visit www.californiadreamtennis.com, call the team office at 916-967-6000 or email info@californiadreamtennis.com.

About Mylan World TeamTennis:  2015 marks the 40th season for Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT), the groundbreaking leader in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. This summer, Mylan WTT becomes only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone.

Mylan WTT has been a pioneer in the sports world with many of the league’s modernizations recognized and adopted by others in the industry. In addition to being the first professional sports league to feature men and women competing equally on a team, Mylan WTT has showcased advancements such as no-ad and cumulative scoring, on-court coaching and playing let serves.

Source: Heather Atherton, Atherton PR

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