Professional tennis is about to get pretty exciting for fans in DC, and I’m not talking about the next round of Wimbledon matches we’ll be watching on TV. In less than two weeks, some of the sport’s biggest stars (do the names Venus and Serena ring a bell?) will take court right here in our city, as the Washington Kastles bring world-class tennis — with a twist — to the Southwest Waterfront from July 5 – 21.
The Kastles are the DC franchise of World TeamTennis, the professional league that, you might say, is a complete 180 from Wimbledon. WTT breaks from the familiar traditions of tennis — teams play by a unique set of rules, loud music and fun spectacles occur during the match, and the crowd is not just welcome, but encouraged to be a part of it all. It’s a sporting event that focuses on the fans just as much as the stars.
Kids, especially, will have loads to enjoy with many extras just for them. Quickstart courts will be set up for a little pre-match play. There will be racquet giveaways for children 12 and under (and word has it that there will be plenty available, so just about every kid can get one — look for a tent/table with signage). Kids are often included in fun promotion between sets. And fans 16 and under are invited on court after matches for autograph sessions with all the players (that’s right, opportunities to meet Venus and Serena!).
And, parents, note this date: July 18, which is Family Night. Not only will there be even more activities for kids, but KidFriendly DC readers can get a 10% discount on tickets to that match by using the code KIDDC when purchasing online through Ticketmaster. Regular ticket prices for all matches start at $15.
The rest of the Kastles 2011 home schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, July 5 Kansas City w/Venus Williams
Thursday, July 7 Boston w/Serena Williams
Tuesday, July 12 New York vs. John McEnroe
Thursday, July 14 Springfield
Friday, July 15 St. Louis Chris Evert fan reception
Monday, July 18 Sacramento Family Night
Thursday, July 21 Philadelphia Season Finale
All of the home matches will take place in the team’s brand new venue, Kastles Stadium at the Wharf. The location on the Southwest Waterfront will offer spectators views of the city’s landmarks along with on-court action. Matches start at 7pm, and gates will open at 5:15pm. More information about the Washington Kastles is available on the website. And for a bit more about World TeamTennis, see this post from last year.