The Washington Kastles captured their fourth consecutive Mylan World TeamTennis Championship — and their 5th title in 6 years — with a five-set sweep of the Springfield Lasers Sunday, 25-13.
Three of Washington’s overall five wins in the Mylan WTT Finals have come over the Lasers, but this weekend’s championship match was especially poignant as the team was inspired by their closer Bobby Reynolds (right), who had previously announced this to be his last match before retirement. (Finishing strong at the Championship, he won both the men’s singles and doubles.)
“The culture on this team is the reason that we’ve been able to accomplish what we have,” said Kastles owner Mark Ein during the trophy presentation. “Our team is not only comprised of the some of the greatest tennis players to ever play the game, but also some of the ultimate professionals and finest human beings to ever walk on the court.”
“In particular, we want to dedicate this championship to Bobby Reynolds. He is the person who most exemplifies that culture, who has been the heart and soul of our team for the last five years, and played his last tennis match tonight because he wants to be home with his family.”
Reynolds retires as Washington’s Iron Man, having starred for the Kastles in all 78 of their matches — not missing one match in his Kastles career — since the team’s 2010 season opener.
Washington, which first won the King Trophy in 2009, matched the 1997-2000 Sacramento Capitals for the longest title streak in WTT’s 39-year history. Should the Kastles capture their sixth championship in 2015, they would tie the Capitals for the most WTT titles overall.
*All images credit Willis Bretz