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Gibbs, Harrison claim World TeamTennis MVP awards

August 18, 2016 02:00 PM

By Ashley Marshall, USTA.com

Americans Nicole Gibbs and Ryan Harrison were named the MVPs of the 2016 Mylan World TeamTennis season after leading their teams to the final.

Gibbs of the Orange County Breakers and Harrison of the San Diego Aviators scooped the regular-season awards based on their performances in the 12-match campaign.

Earning Mylan WTT Rookie of the Year honors are Fabrice Martin of the Philadelphia Freedoms and Michaella Krajicek of the Springfield Lasers. John Lloyd, who led the Aviators to an 8-4 regular season record, was named Mylan WTT Coach of the Year.

Gibbs (pictured) and Harrison will each receive a $7,500 bonus and a diamond from Forevermark, while Martin and Krajicek will each receive a $2,500 bonus.

The players will receive their awards during a presentation at the Finals on Friday, Aug. 26, at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y., when San Diego and Orange County battles for the King Trophy.

Gibbs, 23, led her team to the finals for the second consecutive year with notable performances in both singles and doubles, where she teamed with Alla Kudryavtseva.

"Being a part of Mylan WTT itself has been such a blessing for me, so to be female league MVP this season is an incredible honor,” said Gibbs, ranked No. 71 in the world. “I am looking forward to competing for the King Trophy on the 26th and will do everything possible to help the Orange County Breakers take the title."

Harrison, 24, was a late addition to the Aviators lineup, joining the team shortly before the season. His play was one of the major factors in the Aviators’ run to their first finals appearance, as he won 45 of 74 games.

"I'm extremely honored to have been awarded the Male MVP of Mylan WTT this year,” added Harrison, ranked No. 117.

Both players will be competing in the US Open, which begins on Aug. 29.