MANCHESTER — With an intriguing mix of Mylan World TeamTennis veterans and rising young stars, the Boston Lobsters pro tennis team, the first professional sports franchise to set up shop on Cape Ann, hopes that this season will bring them their first league championship.
Boston, which will once again be playing its home matches at the Manchester Athletic Club’s Joan Norton Tennis Center, which debuted last summer, put together its 2014 team last week at the Mylan WTT Roster Draft in Indian Wells, Calif. The Lobsters went with a new face with the third overall pick, selecting 23-year-old Canadian Sharon Fichman. The Toronto-born standout is new to Mylan WTT but is one of the rising stars on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, ranking No. 89 in the world in singles and No. 59 in doubles. She teamed with American Maria Sanchez in January to win her first WTA Tour doubles title in New Zealand.
Fichman will be paired in women’s doubles for the Lobsters with another new face: American doubles specialist Megan Moulton-Levy. Moulton-Levy will be playing in her second straight season in Mylan WTT after spending last year with the Sacramento Capitals. The 29-year-old from Grosse Pointe, Mich. is currently ranked No. 54 in the world. Last year, she won her first Grand Slam doubles match at the Australian Open and went on to win debuts at the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
Fichman and Moulton-Levy join two Mylan WTT veterans, Eric Butorac and Rik de Voest, to round out the core of the Lobsters’ roster. John Isner, the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour at No. 10, also joins the Lobsters for one match this July.
Robert Greene is the team’s new coach.
“This is an exciting team,” said Lobsters general manager Darlene Hayes. “We got the players we wanted at the draft and believe this team could do very well this summer. Most of these players actually have experience playing tournaments with each other, so that familiarity should give us great team chemistry. Talent, experience and chemistry will win a championship ... and we have the right pieces in place.”