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Indian Wells & The Miami Open Are Over

Indian Wells marked the return of Serena and a third round match between Venus and Serena.  Something needs to be done about protected rankings for women out for maternity leave so this kind of crazy seeding and crazy draws don’t happen like this.

Which brings us to Miami – Serena meets the winner from Indian Wells in the first round at Miami?  Absurd.  It was disappointing that Venus only made it to the Quarterfinals but she did beat some big names getting there.

But let’s talk about the winners.  John Isner (New York Empire, WTT) finally got his first Masters 1000 title and Sloane Stephens (former Washington Kastle, WTT now with the Philadelphia Freedom, WTT)  took the Women’s Singles title.  Throw in the Washington Kastles’ own Bob and Mike Bryan taking their 115th career title in Miami and another WTT former player, Coco Vandeweghe paired with Australian Ashleigh Barty to win the Women’s Doubles title.

It was nice to see the USA represented as the winners in every event in Miami this year.  It was the first time in eight years that an American man had won the Men’s Singles title.

Now waiting for WTT to start…

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It’s Getting Closer…!!!

The World Team Tennis season is on it’s way and along with that are the new look Washington Kastles.  The WTT draft was held on March 13, 2018 and the 2018 Washington Kastle’s roster is:

  • Murphy Jensen, Coach
  • Madison Brengle (protected)
  • Bob and Mike Bryan (protected)
  • Robert Lindstedt
  • Nicole Melichar
  • Tennys Sandgren
  • Venus Williams (protected)
  • Frances Tiafoe

The 2018 season kicks off with Kastles visiting the New York Empire on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Court 17 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and runs through August 2, 2018 with an away match in Orange County, CA.

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Was a Weird Kastles Season

It was definitely a strange tennis season for me.  The Kastles were lackluster – Martina played a limited number of matches and Leander was not on the team this year.

It was the Tenth Anniversary Season of the Kastles and true to form, Mark Ein did it right.  Every match but one of the seven home matches had give-aways and that seventh match was when Venus Williams was in town.

In typical Mark Ein fashion (being ultra high class) he provided long time season ticket holders with a special perk – a pre-match photo opportunity with Venus Williams with photos taken by a professional with the photo being framed by the Kastles and sent to the season ticket holder.

I can’t think of one instance when Mark Ein didn’t do it the right way.  He is a role model for all sports team owners.  The other sports franchise owners could take a lesson from Mr. Ein.

It was also strange to not have Serena on tour and at the slams.  Hopefully she will be back from her pregnancy leave next year.  If she doesn’t make the Australian Open I would expect her back at Wimbledon if she comes back.

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Under A Week And Counting

We are now under a week and counting!!!  It’s Wednesday evening and only 6 nights from now I’ll be in the Smith Center at GWU watching my beloved Washington Kastles first home match.

Martina Hingis and Frances Tiafoe will be “in the house” on 7/18 and 7/19.  Bob and Mike Bryan will be with Frances on 7/20 and then on 7/21 Martina, Frances and Nick Kyrgios will represent the “home team”.  After a road trip, the Kastles return to the Smith Center on 7/25 and our Wimbledon stars Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Bruno Soares will be there for the “home team”.  Sam and Bruno will be with the team also on 7/26 and 7/29.

As of today, July 12, Venus is in the Women’s Semifinals, Sam is in the Men’s Semifinals, and Martina (along with Jamie Murray) and Bruno (along with Elena Vesnina) are in the Quarterfinals of the Mixed Doubles.

All in all a pretty good tournament for the Kastles stars.

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Less Than Two Weeks Until Kastles Time!!!

Well, it’s July 4, 2017 and we are under two weeks away from yet another season of Washington Kastles World Team Tennis.  This should be a great season since it’s the 10th Anniversary season of the Kastles.

This should be an even more special season now that Mark Ein, our beloved Washington Kastles owner now owns a majority interest in the entire World Team Tennis league.

The season opens away at the Springfield Lasers on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  That is followed up by four home matches in a row on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 18-21, 2017.  On Sunday and Monday July 23 and 24 the Kastles play back to back matches at Philadelphia.  They then return home for back-to-back home matches with the Springfield Lasers and NY Empire on Tuesday and Wednesday July 25 and 26.  On Friday, July 28 the Kastles are away at the Springfield Lasers and then return home for the last home match of the season against the Orange County Breakers on Saturday, July 29.  They then finish out the season on the road at the NY Empire on Sunday, July 30, at Orange County on Tuesday, August 1 and finally on Wednesday, August 2 at San Diego.

Almost time for Murphy, Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina, Venus, Madison Brengle, Nick Kyrgios, Sam Querrey, A-Rod, Bruno Soares, Treat Huey and Frandes Tiafoe!!!

Bring the season on.

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Martina On A Roll With Latisha

Our very own Washington Kastle Martina Hingis still paired with Latisha Chan won four more Women’s Doubles titles.

Latisha and Martina beat the team of Timea Babos and Adrea Hlavackova in the finals of the Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain on clay.

They then followed that up by a win over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina at the Italian Open in Rome, Italy also on clay.

They then won by a walkover by Jelena Jankovic and Anastasija Sevastova at the Mallorca Open in Mallorca, Spain on grass.

In the warmup for Wimbledon they won over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua at the Eastbourne International in the U.K.

Way to go Martina and Latisha and good luck at Wimbledon.  Looking forward to Kastles time July 16, 2017!!!

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Martina Does It Yet Again

Our very own Washington Kastle Martina Hingis paired with Latisha Chan and won yet another Women’s Doubles title.

Latisha and Martina beat the team of Siniakova and Hradecka in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, CA.  This was only the third tournament that Martina played paired with Latisha.  It is a WTA Premier Mandatory Event so Martina and Latisha get 1000 ranking points and split the top prize of $385,170 dollars.

Way to go Martina!!!

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Mark Ein Is Now Majority Owner of Mylan World Team Tennis

Well it seems like World Team Tennis will be stewarded by the best owner in the World Team Tennis league and another great owner.  Mark Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles (my soulmate sports team) and Fred Luddy who is the majority owner of the San Diego Aviators and a super geek.  Fred Luddy founded the company ServiceNow and is now their Chief Product Officer.  His IT roots go all they way back to Amdahl corporation in the late 1970’s where he was a software developer working on Amdahl’s mainframe operating system.

I would be hard pressed to name any other person that is better suited to take over World Team Tennis from Billy Jean King than Mark Ein.

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The Olympics Ruined This Season of WTT – Here’s To Next July

Well, the Olympics really screwed up this year of WTT and the Kastles did not make the playoffs.  Instead of one East and one West team it was two West teams this year.  The Orange County Breakers faced the San Diego Aviators with the Aviators prevailing.

The 2017 WTT season will be the 10th season for the Kastles so it should be great.

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It’s Kastles Time!!!

It’s finally here!!!  World Team Tennis season.

My beloved Washington Kastles started out the season on the road in New York where they faced the New York Empire in their inaugural match.

Denis Kudla and Leander Paes started out winning the Men’s Doubles match 5-4 and then Martina Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova took the court to face Christina McHale and Maria Ingoyen in Women’s Doubles.  Martina and “A-Rod” took care of the Empire duo in 15 minutes and won by a score of 5-2 to bring the overall score to 10-6.  Guido Pella then faced Denis Kudla in Men’s Singles and got the Empire close to the Kastles by winning by a score of 5-2.

So, at intermission the overall score was 12-11 and it appeared that the match would be closer than Kastles fans would be comfortable with.  Martina Hingis and Leander Paes took the court against Christina McHale and Neal Skupski.  The Kastles served first and were broken.  The Kastles broke back.  After the Kastles broke a second time, they won the set 5-2 for an overall score of 17-13.

The score of 17-13 gave Madison Brengle a slight cushion playing Women’s Singles against Christina McHale and the announcer on ESPN3 kept talking about the fact that if Christina McHale won the Women’s Singles event that they would go to extended play, could tie up the overall score and then go to a supertiebreaker.

Christina served first and was broken.  Madison held serve and broke Christina a second time to go up 3-0.  Christina broke back to make it 3-1.  Madison then broke Christina a third time to bring the event to 4-1.  With Madison serving for the set Christina broke a second time to bring the event score to 4-2.  Christina then served and was broken for the fourth time and Madison won the event 5-2 and the overall final match score was 22-15.

Then Kastles take the court at the Smith Center tonight to play the Springfield Lasers with Bob and Mike Bryan joining the team.

Kastles Time!!!

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