The Orange County Breakers lost both singles sets in tiebreakers as they opened their 2020 World TeamTennis season with a 23-16 loss to the San Diego Aviators Sunday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Steve Johnson lost to Ryan Harrison in the opening set and Jennifer Brady lost to Christina McHale in the fourth.
Under WTT rules, the first player or doubles team to win five games wins the set, one less than traditional tennis. A set is decided in a nine-point tiebreaker if it is tied 4-4.
The Breakers lone victory came in the third set, men’s doubles, when Johnson, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in men’s doubles, and Luke Bambridge, defeated Jonny O’Mara and Harrison, 5-3.
Brady and Andreja Klepac lost to Nicole Melichar and CoCo Vandeweghe, 5-3, in the second set, women’s doubles.
The Breakers lost 5-0 in the final set, mixed doubles. Klepac and Bambridge began the set for the Breakers. Johnson replaced Bambridge after the second game.
O’Mara was Melichar’s partner the first four games. Harrison, who was coaching the Aviators in the absence of John Lloyd, replaced O’Mara for the final game and served out the set.
World TeamTennis is scheduled to play its entire season at The Greenbrier resort after the league concluded the coronavirus outbreak made it impossible for teams to complete the necessary air travel to and from its nine cities.
Capacity at Center Court at Creekside is limited to 500, 20% capacity, with spacing between seated groups as well as mandatory masks and temperature checks at the entrance.
Players are required to wear masks in the hotel on the walk from the hotel to the court. They are prohibited from going into the resort’s casino.
League rules require players and coaches to receive a negative coronavirus test from The Greenbrier Clinic to be able to appear on the court. Lloyd arrived at The Greenbrier with one negative test result from the past week and is awaiting results from The Greenbrier Clinic, a league spokesman told City News Service.
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