Two miles away from Verizon Center rests the Charles E. Smith Center, home of the George Washington Colonials. But for two weeks during the summer, the Washington Kastles, a WTT tennis team, takes over.
Saturday night, the last-place Kastles played their final home game of the regular season, falling to the Orange County Breakers 24-14. The Kastles, who won six championships during its first 10 years of existence, fell to 4-7 and have dropped four-straight matches.
But after the game, the entire organization gathered at center court, including coach Murphy Jensen and players Bruno Soares, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova, and Vasek Pospisil, to celebrate another successful season. Team owner Mark Ein praised the organization, including all the members of the game ops crew, in a touching speech. Ein called the franchise a model for many of the other teams in the WTT. He cited how proud he was of the family atmosphere the Kastles have created and how appreciative he was of the players, who have helped grow the game locally with their enthusiasm and graciousness with fans.
The Kastles contract several talented members of the Capitals game entertainment crew, which includes Capitals PA announcer Wes Johnson. During Ein’s speech, he presented Johnson, and four other unheralded members of the organization, with championship rings from the team’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 championship seasons.