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*W*
Feb 20th, 2008, 08:15 AM
Washington Kastles Sign Serena Williams as Marquee Player



First Professional Appearance for Williams in DC Will Be With World
TeamTennis' Newest Franchise

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington Kastles
announced today that eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will
play for the newly formed team during the 2008 World TeamTennis Pro League
season.

This will be the first time Serena has ever played professionally in
D.C. She will play one home match and three away matches for the Washington
Kastles and is expected to play both singles and doubles. Each team will
play 14 matches during the WTT's 2008 season, which runs July 3-23 with the
WTT Championship Weekend set for July 24-27 in Roseville, Calif.

The Washington Kastles, owned by a group led by venture capitalist,
entrepreneur and Washington native Mark Ein, will play their home matches
at a Washington, D.C. location soon be announced.

"WTT is all about the fans having a great time and cheering their team
to victory. Drafting Serena Williams is our commitment to Washington tennis
fans that we're going to have a great first season - not only great fun to
watch, but also our commitment to showcase great tennis and to win!" said
Ein, owner of the Washington Kastles. "With her ties to the Washington
area, we look forward to welcoming Serena to our community and are really
energized about the quality of tennis and entertainment that we're bringing
to Washington this summer."

During the three-week season, the Kastles will play in the Eastern
Conference along with the Boston Lobsters (Boston, Mass.), New York Buzz
(Schenectady, N.Y.), New York Sportimes (Mamaroneck, N.Y.), Philadelphia
Freedoms (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Delaware Smash (Wilmington, Del.). The
Kastles will fill out their four-player lineup when they draft sixth out of
11 teams at the WTT Roster Player Draft on April 1 in Miami.

World TeamTennis, co-founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King,
features several generations of tennis pros competing in a co-ed pro league
in communities throughout the U.S. each summer. This is the first
Washington, D.C.-based team in the league's 33-year history.



Washington-area tennis enthusiasts can get more information at
http://www.washingtonkastles.com or 202-4TENNIS (202-483-6647). Tickets are
scheduled to go on sale in early March.



SOURCE Washington Kastles

doni1212
Feb 20th, 2008, 09:03 AM
Yeah, I read that. I thought it was interesting. Good old WTT.

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 20th, 2008, 11:28 AM
hmmm....i guess if ree is serious about this then we can figure out her real schedule around this...

Uranium
Feb 20th, 2008, 01:11 PM
well, she was suppose to last year, but didn't, but it's a new year and she will play WTT and win!:rocker:

serenus_2k8
Feb 20th, 2008, 01:18 PM
Im confused, never heard of WTT nefore :confused:

Why isnt Ree earning some points, whats the benefit of playing this?

Uranium
Feb 20th, 2008, 02:16 PM
it's World team tennis, you do it for fun, its run by BJK and it is a great team atmosphere
Venus has done it last 3 years and again this year for Philadelphia Freedoms

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 20th, 2008, 04:02 PM
Im confused, never heard of WTT nefore :confused:

Why isnt Ree earning some points, whats the benefit of playing this?

what's this obsession with points all of a sudden...:confused: she's not missing the whole summer to play it...:confused:

Brooks.
Feb 21st, 2008, 06:28 PM
great waste of time Serena!

serenus_2k8
Feb 22nd, 2008, 04:04 PM
what's this obsession with points all of a sudden...:confused: she's not missing the whole summer to play it...:confused:

Well she is missing great oppurtunities to get points and then during the periods that she is fit enough to play she does it for fun...

Other than WS, who else plays?

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:33 PM
the most she misses is one tournie when she plays :confused: venus did it last year after wimby...how long does it take...one weekend??

BuTtErFrEnA
Feb 22nd, 2008, 05:34 PM
btw lindsay, and masha play it...

Serena'sboo
Feb 22nd, 2008, 11:50 PM
the most she misses is one tournie when she plays venus did it last year after wimby...how long does it take...one weekend??
_____Origionally posted by TeamWilliams

TeamWilliams You are exactly right she came last year to St.Louis(she didn't play b/c she still had that thumb injury)but she still came out for the fans etc. and its a short period in World Team Tennis. Let me break it down for people who dont know

1)different cities in the US like St. Louis, New York, Sacramento, Boston etc all have teams and they compete against each other and who ever has the best record out of the west and east play each other in the finals, its really fun to go to b/c you get to see pros like Bryan Brothers, Serena !!!!!!!! (I was so happy when I met her I wanted to cry.!!) Pete Sampras, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Davenport, Venus, Tommy Hass, etc

Its a fun event but Serena's going to DC??????

NOOOOOOO, I wanted her to come back to St Louis again likes she did last year:sad::bigcry::bigcry:

I told her i would buy her a ring:bigcry: I hate DC:lol: :fiery: :sobbing:

Oh well:sobbing:

serenus_2k8
Feb 22nd, 2008, 11:53 PM
Oh, it sounds really cool! Tennis isnt popular enough for something like that in the UK! Anyone know what the other teams are gonna be like?

Serena'sboo
Feb 23rd, 2008, 12:00 AM
well I know that St. Louis is going to have Andy Roddick again yay
philadelphia is going to have Venus heres some info on some of the other teams teams



http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3594768

So St louis aces had the chance to pick Serena but they didn't OOOHHHH assholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*W*
Mar 20th, 2008, 08:33 AM
Washington Kastles Announce 2008 Team Schedule Featuring Serena Williams and the Addition of John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova



Williams to Open Washington Kastles' Inaugural Home Match on July 8th



WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington Kastles
announced its team schedule for the 2008 World TeamTennis Pro League
season. The schedule features matches with Kastles' marquee player Serena
Williams and visits from John McEnroe and Anna Kournikova.



The Kastles' July 8th home opener will be the first time Serena has
played professionally in D.C. She will play a total of four matches for the
Washington Kastles. The Washington Kastles, owned by a group led by venture
capitalist and Washington native Mark Ein, will play their home matches at
a Washington, D.C. location soon to be announced.



"We are thrilled to announce the appearances of John McEnroe and Anna
Kournikova this summer in Washington," said Ein, owner of the Washington
Kastles. "They are two of the great personalities in tennis and together
with Serena headlining the opening match, our inaugural season promises to
be a blockbuster."




Friday, July 4th At Philadelphia Freedoms
Saturday, July 5th At Delaware Smash

Tuesday, July 8th Home vs Boston Lobsters featuring Serena
Williams
Wednesday, July 9th At New York Buzz featuring Serena Williams
Thursday, July 10th At New York Sportimes featuring Serena Williams
Friday, July 11th Home vs New York Buzz

Sunday, July 13th At Newport Beach Breakers featuring Serena
Williams

Tuesday, July 15th Home vs New York Sportimes featuring John
McEnroe
Thursday, July 17th Home vs Sacramento Capitals
Friday, July 18th At Boston Lobsters
Saturday, July 19th At Kansas City Explorers featuring the Bryan
Brothers
Sunday, July 20th Home vs Philadelphia Freedoms

Tuesday, July 22nd Home vs Delaware Smash
Wednesday, July 23rd Home vs St. Louis Aces featuring Anna
Kournikova


Each World TeamTennis team will play 14 matches during the WTT's 2008
season, which runs July 3-23 with the WTT Championship Weekend set for July
24-27 in Roseville, Calif. The Kastles will fill out their four-player
lineup when they draft sixth out of 11 teams at the WTT Roster Player Draft
on April 1 in Miami.

1000
Apr 1st, 2008, 10:48 PM
I hope Serena wins all of her matches but treats this like a training session