Washington Kastles To Play 2014 World TeamTennis Season at Smith Center
Former World #1 Players Venus Williams and Martina Hingis to Add to Smith Center's Tennis History
May 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - Highlighted by legendary women's players Venus Williams and Martina Hingis, the Washington Kastles will play their 2014 World TeamTennis Season at the Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of the George Washington University this July.
In six seasons, the Washington Kastles have rewritten the record books of Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT), claiming the King Trophy in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and setting a U.S. pro record with a 34-match winning-streak.
"The George Washington University and the Charles E. Smith Center have hosted some of the world's foremost experts, leaders and luminaries in a multitude of professions, including politics, arts, sports and entertainment," said GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "With the Washington Kastles set to play their professional team tennis season at the Smith Center this summer, we are adding to that proud history."
Hingis is expected to play in all seven of the Kastles' home matches, while Williams will headline the Wednesday, July 16th home date. They are expected to play doubles together when Washington hosts the Texas Wild.
"We consistently strive to create some of the greatest fan experiences in all of tennis and are thrilled to play for our fourth straight WTT championship in this state-of-the-art facility," said Kastles Owner Mark Ein. "I know our Kastles fans will love not only the comfort and new amenities at the Smith Center, but also the incredible intensity, energy and excitement they will find this summer in our new home."
Before every home match, the Kastles will close off 22nd Street NW between F and G Streets NW for an outdoor fan festival featuring QuickStart kids tennis courts, fastest-serve contests, music, mascots, and food and drink specials.
The Kastles bring professional tennis back to the Smith Center for the first time in nearly 25 years as the venue formerly hosted the Volvo Classic men's event (1976-1980) and the Virginia Slims of Washington women's event (1977-1979, 1982-1986, 1990).
More than 20 Hall-of-Famers have played at the Smith Center, including Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
The Kastles will offer a wide range of fan features, including high-definition instant replays, animated baseline scoreboards and hospitality areas in the Colonials and Champions Clubs. Kastles Cheerleaders will also entertain the crowd.
The Kastles come to Foggy Bottom after three seasons on the Southwest Waterfront, where Washington sold out virtually all of its home matches.
Individual match Kastles tickets starting at $8 are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, 202-397-7328). Kastles Baseline Experience, Kastles Baseline Club and all season tickets can be purchased by calling 202-4-TENNIS (483-6647) or visiting www.WashingtonKastles.com.
WASHINGTON KASTLES 2014 SCHEDULE
DATE MATCH TIME MARQUEE PLAYER
Mon. 7/07 at Boston 7:00 pm
Tue. 7/08 at Texas 8:30 pm
Wed. 7/09 vs Boston 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Thu. 7/10 vs Philadelphia 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Fri. 7/11 at Austin 8:30 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Andy Roddick (AUS)
Marion Bartoli (AUS)
Sun. 7/13 vs Philadelphia 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Mon. 7/14 vs San Diego 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Daniela Hantuchova (SAN)
Wed. 7/16 vs Texas 7:00 pm Venus Williams (WAS)
Martina Hingis (WAS)
Thu. 7/17 at Philadelphia 7:00 pm Venus Williams (WAS)
Fri. 7/18 at Springfield 8:00 pm
Sat. 7/19 at Boston 6:00 pm
Mon. 7/21 vs Boston 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Tue. 7/22 vs Springfield 7:00 pm Martina Hingis (WAS)
Wed. 7/23 at Philadelphia 7:00 pm