Pro tennis team moves from California to Austin

Nov 25, 2013
Austin Business Journal

A California professional tennis team in the Mylan World TeamTennis league will relocate to Austin for the 2014 season, led by star player Andy Roddick, an Austin resident

The former Orange County Breakers franchise will be known as the Austin Aces, and is owned by entrepreneur Lorne Abony. In a statement, the team said it is considering several venue options for home matches and expects to finalize a location by the end of the year

Roddick ended up on the Austin Aces roster after the team made a trade with the Springfield Lasers for financial considerations and a draft pick. Roddick led the Lasers to a runner-up finish this season

"The fans and team in Springfield were great to me and I appreciate their support. Austin, however, is my home and I am excited to be able to play here in front of friends and family," Roddick said in a statement. "Lorne [Abony] is a business visionary who I know will do great things for Austin. I'm very much looking forward to being part of something very exciting."

Abony is a Canadian entrepreneur and investor who is chairman of Mood Media Corp., now headquartered in Austin. The company, which provides "in-store consumer experiences" to retailers, has offices worldwide and is traded on the Toronto and London stock exchanges

The Mylan World TeamTennis format features a four-member co-ed team playing a three-week season in July. The league was co-founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King in the 1970s

The final roster for the Austin team will be known after the league's marquee player draft on Feb. 11 and the roster player draft on March 11

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