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July 22nd, 2013 by Stinkhead

Martina Hingis enters
Martina Hingis enters Kastles Stadium

The Washington Kastles are bringing a lot of excitement to the DC area. Just over a week ago they broke the world record for longest winning streak in professional sports history. Then last week Martini Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Leander lines up the serve
Leander Paes prepares to serve you with papers.

Just a few matches remain until the WTT Championship Playoffs and the excitement is building. There is a buzz around town as the nation’s capital receives a team they can consistently cheer for. I wasn’t a tennis fan until I witnessed the game first hand, but now the verdict is in, and I’m hooked. Head on down to the Wharf (nearest Metro stop is Waterfront, then a short walk to the stadium) and see for yourself.

Look at the fuzz flying off the ball
Bobby Reynolds shears the fuzz off that tennis ball

A typical night at the Kastles Stadium begins around 7:00pm. There are cheerleaders (!) and other characters rallying the crowd. Then the Kastles and whoever the opposing team are enter the court. First there is Men’s Singles, followed by Female Singles, then Men’s Doubles, Female Doubles and finally a Mixed Doubles match-up. There are brief activities between sets that engage the audience, such as trivia and Guess the Ball type games. The concessions are amazing, definitely a notch or two above your typical stadium fare. Exhibit A, the french fries come with truffle butter.

Martina Hingis and Coach Murphy
Martina Hingis and Coach Murphy fist-bump a victory.

Even if you’re not a huge tennis fan, it’s a bonafide blast at a WTT match. It helps to know a little bit about the players. Leander Paes is considered one of the best double’s players in the world. He’s won a bronze medal in the Olympics and several Wimbledon titles. Get to know all the players at But otherwise settle back and enjoy the match. At the Wharf, the matches move quickly and there is music between each set and plenty of games (and did I mention cheerleaders?) to keep the flow moving. Time is running out on this season, swing by Ticketmaster and pick up tickets before the season in adjourned.

I am guilty of using too many courtroom puns.

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