League-Leading Orange County Breakers Top NY Empire, 19-17, In Mylan WTT Action

Scott Lipsky won mixed doubles and men’s doubles and Nicole Gibbs swept her singles match, leading the Orange County Breakers to a 19-17 Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO victory over the host New York Empire presented by Citi at Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club tonight.


Mixed doubles began the night, with Lipsky and Alla Kudryavtseva getting the visitors off to a 5-3 win over Christina McHale and Neal Skupski. Then in women’s doubles, the Empire duo of McHale and Maria Irigoyen took the lead back with a 5-2 win over Gibbs and Kudryavtseva. Marcus Willis extended the Empire lead to 13-9 with a 5-2 triumph over Dennis Novikov heading into halftime.


Gibbs then swept her singles event 5-0, the first three games against McHale and the last two against Irigoyen, who came in as a substitute. The match concluded with men’s doubles, and the team of Lipsky and Novikov topping Willis and Skupski for the comeback win for the Breakers, who lead Mylan World TeamTennis with an 8-2 match record.


The Empire (2-8) finish their home schedule on Friday vs. the San Diego Aviators at 7 p.m. Orange County visits Philadelphia on Friday and Washington on Saturday to conclude the regular season.


Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO

Orange County Breakers (8-2) d. New York Empire (2-8), 19-17

Mixed Doubles: Alla Kudryavtseva/Scott Lipsky (OC) d. Christina McHale/Neal Skupski (NYE), 5-3

Women’s Doubles: Christina McHale/Maria Irigoyen (NYE) d. Nicole Gibbs/Alla Kudrayavtseva (OC) d., 5-2

Men’s Singles: Marcus Willis (NYE) d. Dennis Novikov (OC), 5-2

Women’s Singles: Nicole Gibbs (OC) d. Christina McHale (sub. Maria Irigoyen) (NYE), 5-0

Men’s Doubles: Scott Lipsky/Dennis Novikov (OC) d. Marcus Willis/Neal Skupski (NYE), 5-4


The Empire schedule and a full roster of players can be found at www.NYEmpireTennis.com. Fans can also follow the team on Twitter (@nyempiretennis) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/NYEmpireTennis). To become a sponsor, purchase individual or season tickets or to get more information about VIP packages, please email [email protected], visit www.nyempiretennis.com or call the New York Empire office at (844) 5-EMPIRE (844-536-7473).

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