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Vandeweghe, Melichar Traded To New York Empire


Coco Vandeweghe will reconnect with her New York roots in West Virginia.

Bolstering its push for a playoff spot, the New York Empire acquired one of World TeamTennis' top doubles teams—Vandeweghe and Nicole Melichar from the San Diego Aviators—in exchange for former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, former world No. 1 doubles player Kveta Peschke and financial considerations. 

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Heading down the home stretch of the regular season, the Empire hope the 28-year-old Vandeweghe, who partnered Ash Barty to the 2018 US Open doubles crown, and 2018 Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Melichar can help the team lock down one of four playoff spots.

New York currently resides in fourth place with a 6-5 record, one game ahead of the fifth-place Washington Kastles (5-6) for the final playoff spot. Each team plays 14 matches total.

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The entire World TeamTennis season is being contested at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Still, it's a homecoming for Vandeweghe, who was born in New York City. Both her grandfather and uncle, former UCLA standout Kiki Vandweghe, played for the New York Knicks in the NBA.

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