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March 20, 2014

Boston Lobsters announced roster for 2014 tennis season

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Fichman, who will be playing her first Mylan WTT season, is also excited about the team.

“I think it’s great. Megan is really very unique. She’s got real good hands. We played together last week and plan to play together this week in Miami,” said Fichman. “It’s a happy coincidence that we’ll get some matches under our belt. “Eric is a really good doubles player and Rik has a lot of experience on tour. He’s an accomplished player. It feels like the team’s structured in the sense (that) everyone has a role to play.”

Both Butorac and De Voest will be playing in their sixth Mylan WTT season this summer, providing Boston with a strong veteran presence.

Butorac has cemented himself as a fan favorite, as this will be his fifth straight summer with the Lobsters. The 32-year-old lefty is ranked No. 31 in doubles and has 15 career titles. He’s coming off an impressive performance at the 2014 Australian Open, where he and partner Raven Klaasen advanced all the way to the final and later defeated the Bryan Brothers for the second time in a row to capture their second team title in Memphis.

De Voest will be suiting up with the Lobsters for the first time this summer, coming in as the No. 186 ranked singles player in the world. In 2010, De Voest partnered with Springfield teammate Martin Damm to lead Mylan WTT in men’s doubles, so the 33-year-old should be a great fit with Butorac.

“I have known Eric for some years now and we have played doubles together before on tour, so I believe we will combine well and can be a successful team for the Lobsters,” said De Voest. “I also know the girls on the team and believe that the key to a good team is knowing and supporting each other.”

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