Orange County Breakers take World TeamTennis honors
The Orange County Breakers won their third World Team Tennis in franchise history with a 21-13 victory over the Springfield Lasers in the 2021 WTT Final presented by Guaranteed Rate on Sunday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
It was the Breakers’ second victory over the Lasers in two days.
Steve Johnson received the title of MVP WTT 2021 [Most Valued Player] after clinching his second career WTT title, finishing second in the league in men’s singles with a 57.7% winning percentage and a record 60-44 games this season.
Orange County coach Rick Leach won his second title as coach of the Breakers and is one of four coaches in league history to win a title as both coach and player, winning the title as a player in 1996 with the St Louis Aces.
Johnson and Tatjana Maria helped the Breakers take a 10-4 lead with their wins in their singles matches, with Johnson and his doubles partner Austin Krajicek following up with a men’s doubles victory to give Orange County a lead dominant at half-time.
2021 US Open mixed doubles finalists Marcelo Arevalo and Giuliana Olmos helped Lasers build momentum ahead of the final set with a 5-1 mixed doubles victory.
Home favorite and three-time major mixed doubles champion Desirae Krawczyk & Maria closed the final set with a women’s doubles victory that saw Orange County clinch their first WTT title since 2017, having already won in 2004.
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Johnson, the 2013 WTT Male Rookie of the Year, also compiled a 55-50 men’s doubles game record for a 52.4% winning percentage.
In addition to winning 115 total WTT games this season, Johnson has won four singles titles and one doubles title on the ATP Tour and has twice finished as a US Open semi-finalist.
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WTT 2021 Finals presented by guaranteed rate
Results – Sunday November 28
Orange County 21 Circuit Breakers, Springfield 13 Lasers
- Men’s Singles: Steve Johnson (Breakers) beat. Denis Kudla (Lasers) 5-2
- Women’s Singles: Tatjana Maria (Breakers) beat. Asia Muhammad (Lasers) 5-2
- Men’s doubles: Steve Johnson / Austin Krajicek (Breakers) won. Marcelo Arevalo / Denis Kudla (Lasers) 5-1
- Mixed Doubles: Marcelo Arevalo / Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) beat. Austin Krajicek / Desirae Krawczyk (Breakers) 5-1
- Women’s Doubles: Desirae Krawczyk / Tatjana Maria (Breakers) beat. Asia Muhammad / Giuliana Olmos (Lasers) 5-3
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Regular Season Champion of the Year
- Springfield Lasers 2021
- Philadelphia Freedoms 2020
- Philadelphia Freedoms 2019
- Philadelphia Freedoms 2018
- 2017 OC Breakers + San Diego Aviators
- 2016 OC Breakers + San Diego Aviators
- 2015 Washington Kastles (A) + Austin Aces (F)
- 2006 NY Sportimes (E) + Sacramento Capitals (F)
- 2005 NY Sportimes (E) + Sacramento Captials (W)
- 2004 Hartford FoxForce (E) + Sacramento Captials (W)
- 2003 Delaware Smash (E) + Sacramento Capitals / Springfield Lasers (W)
- 2001 Philadelphia Freedoms (A) + Sacramento Capitals / Springfield Lasers (W)
- 2000 Delaware Smash (E) + Sacramento Capitals (W) 1999 Sacramento Capitals
- 1998 NY OTBzz
- 1997 Capitals of Sacramento
- 1996 Ace of Saint-Louis
- 1995 NJ Stars (E) + Baskets Idaho (W)
- 1994 NJ Stars (E) + San Antonio Snowshoes (C) + Newport Beach Dukes (W)
- 1991 Atlanta Thunder (E) + San Antonio (W) Rackets
- 1990 Raleigh Edge (E) + Los Angeles Strings (W)
- 1989 New Jersey Stars
- 1988 Charlotte Heat
- 1987 Charlotte Heat
- 1986 San Antonio Snowshoes
- 1985 Miami Beach Breakers / San Diego Buds
- 1984 San Diego Buds
- 1983 Chicago Frye
- 1982 Dallas Stars
- 1981 Los Angeles Strings
- 1978 Boston Lobsters (A) + San Diego Friars (F)
- 1977 Boston Lobsters (A) + Phoenix Rackets (F)
- 1976 New York (E) + Phoenix Snowshoes (W) sets
- 1975 Pittsburgh Triangles (A) + Golden Gators SF (W)
- 1974 Philadelphia Freedoms (A) + Detroit Loves / Pittsburgh Triangles (C) + Minnesota Buckskins (GP) + Denver Racquets (P)
[Key: A= Atlantic Division, C= Central Division, GP= Gulf Plains Division, E= East Division, P= Pacific Division, W= West Division]