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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Washington Kastles - World Team Tennis

By Environment Man

The Washington Kastles is the newest of the 10 other 'teams' in the World Team Tennis league, which was co-founded by Billie Jean King. Opening night was Tuesday, July 8 and not only did Billie Jean King attend, Serena Williams was there fresh from her Wimbledon loss to her big sister on Saturday. Serena is actually on the Washington Kastles team because each team reserves one roster spot for a 'marquee player.'

In World Team Tennis games are scored 1-2-3-4 with first to 4 winning the game. Winning a set is winning five games and winning a match is the score of the most total points from each set. So if a player wins a set 5-3, the winning player's team will be awarded five points and the losing team will be awarded three points. World Team Tennis plays 14 matches (seven at home) during the month of July. Matches include men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

I do not like the different colors on the court. That has to be somewhat distracting for the players and it simply does not look as good as a single color, preferably blue or green.

Love the tennis facility and the location though: right in the heart of Washington, D.C. at 11th and H Streets and New York Avenue N.W.

By the way, the Kastles lost but Serena won two of her three events (women's singles and women's doubles--she lost in the mixed doubles). The Boston Lobsters beat the Washington Kastles 22-19.
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