Double Trouble: Luke Bambridge, Andreja Klepac Sign Contract Extensions That Run Through 2020 Season
The 2017 World TeamTennis Female MVP Andreja Klepac and World No. 51 doubles standout Luke Bambridge are set to return to the Orange County Breakers for the 2020 World TeamTennis season. Both players, who came to terms on full-season deals with the team over the weekend, were brought back as protected players.
“It’s great to have two experienced WTT players return to lead our doubles teams,” said Breakers coach Rick Leach. “Doubles is three of the five sets in WTT, so it is really important to have strong doubles sets and players who understand the pressures of the format. Andreja is a former MVP and Luke had a breakout rookie season last summer, so we are excited to take the next step with them this summer.”
Currently ranked 29th in the world in doubles, Klepac owns eight WTA doubles titles and won Cincinnati (WTA Premier) and Zhuhai (WTA International) in 2019. Klepac had a standout 2017 WTT season in Orange County that saw her lead the team to the 2017 WTT Championship alongside her league MVP honors. An injury riddled 2018 WTT season yielded mixed results for the Slovenian but a healthy 2019 brought strong results for Klepac both in WTT and on the WTA tour.
Bambridge made his WTT debut for Orange County in 2019 and immediately became a fan favorite. Bambridge, ranked 51st in the world in doubles, was ranked fourth across the league in men’s doubles in 2019, winning 52% of all games played. In mixed doubles, Bambridge ranked fifth, winning 54% of all games played. On tour, Bambridge has won two ATP doubles titles, with both coming in 2018.
Bambridge and Klepac are the second and third full-season players signed by the Breakers ahead of the 2020 season, with the first being Stevie Johnson. The Breakers also signed Maria Sharapova to a partial season contract to open the WTT Free Agency period on Dec. 4. The Bambridge and Klepac signings leave the Breakers with one full-season roster spot remaining for the 2020 season.
The 2020 World TeamTennis regular season is set to run July 12-29, with the WTT Playoffs set for July 31-August 1. Breakers season tickets are on-sale now and start at just $175. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the Breakers front office at (949) 434-4560 or by visiting BreakersTennis.com.