Kastles Serve Up Opening Night Thriller Against NY
Tempers always run high when the Kastles and Sportimes meet. Relive their 2009 classic above.
There are only three weeks until the Washington Kastles' home opener against the New York Sportimes, featuring former World No. 1 Martina Hingis. Excitement, as expected, is building for the match-up between the heated Eastern Conference rivals.
In three of four previous DC meetings between Washington and New York, the match has been tied through five sets and ended dramatically with a winner-take-all Supertiebreaker.
Atop those memorable evenings is July 16, 2009, when Leander Paes and Robert Kendrick blasted each other with shots during a heated men's doubles set (See video above).
Who knows what will happen this July 12th when Paes and the Kastles clash with Kendrick and the Sportimes again? One thing is for sure: All fans in attendance that night will receive a free commemorative Kastles' championship shirt, courtesy of GEICO.
The magical evening will begin with a championship banner ceremony, honoring the undefeated 2011 Kastles team that won Washington's second World TeamTennis title in three seasons. Then, Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Arina Rodionova and new Kastle Anastasia Rodionova will take on Kendrick, Hingis, Jesse Witten and former Top 40 player and Playboy model Ashley Harkleroad.
The Kastles saved six match points over the course of two matches with the Sportimes in 2011, preserving their perfect season each time when Paes and Reynolds rallied the team in men's doubles.
Some of the best players in WTT will be showcased at this year's Kastles' home opener. Paes and Reynolds ended 2011 as the top-ranked men's doubles team in the league, while the 15-time Grand Slam champion Hingis was the league's highest-rated women's singles player.
Seats to see the latest chapter in the greatest rivalry in World TeamTennis are still available starting at only $30, but they are going fast on Ticketmaster.com
The Kastles celebrated wildly after rallying against New York last season.
(Photo by Rich Kessler)