(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray congratulated the Washington Kastles, the District of Columbia’s World Team Tennis (WTT) team, for winning its second championship in three years.
“I want to congratulate the Washington Kastles for becoming the first team to go undefeated in the 36-year history of World Team Tennis,” Mayor Gray said. “Owner Mark Ein and his team are also winners off the field, as they are supporters of our youth and efforts to bring diversity to the game of tennis.”
Mayor Gray last week proclaimed July 29 – August 7 as “DC Tennis Week” and today recognized Kastles team representatives at his weekly City Hall Press Briefing. The Kastles had a 16-0 record this season, and defeated the St. Louis Aces 23-19 at the WTT Championship match on July 24 in Charleston, SC
The Kastles have also been a large part of the start of the revitalization of the Southwest Waterfront by building Kastles Stadium at The Wharf earlier this year. They have been drawing tens of thousands of people from throughout the city and region, including the First Lady and her daughters Sasha and Malia, to filled-to-capacity matches.
The Kastles have given back generously to the community since they started the franchise by hosting once-in-a-lifetime clinics for District children. The clinics have been led by their coach and world-renowned players like Serena and Venus Williams. Over the last four years the Kastles have benefitted over 100 charities that benefit underprivileged kids, community, police and military organizations through the donation of over $600,000 in cash and goods, including 6,000 tickets, 3,000 kids tennis racquets and Kastles apparel.
A “Championship Rally” for the Kastles is set to be held on the steps of the Wilson Building on Tuesday, August 23 at noon to recognize the team and cheer them on as members go on to compete at the U.S. Open.