With Olympians comprising more than half of their roster, the Washington Kastles will proudly send off Leander Paes (India), Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) and Serena Williams (USA) at their July 22 home match against the Kansas City Explorers.
Four Kastles' matches will follow during the regular season: the home finale against Philadelphia on July 24 and road matches at New York, Kansas City and Springfield. In those matches, the Kastles will field the formidable team of Bobby Reynolds, Arina Rodionova, Edina Gallovits-Hall and Treat Conrad Huey. Gallovits-Hall will replace Anastasia Rodionova, while Huey substitutes for the six-time Olympian Paes.
The July 24 Kastles vs. Freedoms match will be a homecoming for Huey, who was born in Washington, raised in Alexandria and graduated from the University of Virginia. Before becoming a two-time All-American for the Cavaliers, Huey was a three-time Washington Post Player of the Year while attending St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School.
Huey has proven to be one of the most improved doubles players since the summer of 2011, reaching finals on three different surfaces and rising from No. 91 to No. 37 on the ATP World Tour.
In the last six weeks alone, Huey and fellow Virginia alum Dominic Inglot have earned wins over both teams that competed in the 2012 Wimbledon men's doubles final. They beat three-time finalists Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau to make the third round at the French Open before knocking off Wimbledon champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen to win an ATP Challenger Tour title in England.
Huey is familiar with his future Kastles' doubles partner Reynolds. In their first and only tournament together, Huey and the Kastles' closer did not drop a set en route to the Challenger championship last July in Winnetka, Ill.
Gallovits-Hall promises to be a dual-threat for the Kastles, having been ranked inside the Top 70 in both singles and doubles on the WTA Tour. She ended four straight years ranked inside the Top 100 in singles (2007-10).
Now ranked just outside the Top 100, Gallovits-Hall has posted wins over World No. 7 and Wimbledon semifinalist Angelique Kerber and World No. 9 and French Open finalist Sara Errani.
In doubles, Gallovits-Hall is a three-time champion on the WTA Tour.
Seats to see off Leander, Anastasia and Serena on July 22nd, and welcome in Treat and Edina on July 24th, are available on Ticketmaster.com.
Edina Gallovits-Hall has won 18 singles and 9 doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.
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