The world’s top-ranked doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will play for Sacramento’s new World TeamTennis franchise, the California Dream.
The Dream obtained the Bryans on Monday in a pre-draft trade with the San Diego Aviators, who received financial considerations.
The 36-year-old twins, sons of former Capitals coach Wayne Bryan, have won 16 Grand Slam titles, the most in the Open Era, and a record 104 ATP Tour titles. In 2014, they finished with the No. 1 ranking for a record 10th time in the last 12 years. They also were gold medalists at the 2012 London Olympics.
The Bryans will be joined by their personal coach, former Capitals player David Macpherson, who will coach the Dream after coaching the Aviators last season.
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The Dream also drafted Aisam Qureshi, No. 47 in the ATP Tour doubles rankings, and Tennys Sandgren, an ATP Challenger Tour player.
Two former Female Rookies of the Year rounded out the Dream’s selections: Jarmila Gajdosova, the 2007 honoree with the Kansas City Explorers; and Anabel Medina Garrigues, the 2014 recipient with the Texas Wild, the franchise that relocated to Sacramento.
Gajdosova, ranked 48th, is a two-time winner on the WTA Tour. Garrigues has won 11 WTA Tour titles.
The Dream will play seven home matches in July in a stadium at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The regular season begins July 12 and ends Aug. 2 with the WTT Finals.