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New D.C. Tennis Team Nabs Serena Williams

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Eight-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will play for the new Washington Kastles during the 2008 World Team Tennis Pro League season.

According to the Kastles, the D.C. franchise of the league co-founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, Williams will play one home match and three away matches. She is expected to play both singles and doubles.

Williams is one of the most well-known female tennis players in the world. Both Williams and her older sister, Venus Williams, are former No. 1 ranked players.

The Kastles will play their home matches at a location in D.C. soon to be announced. The league's 2008 regular season runs from July 3 to July 23, with the World TeamTennis' championship weekend set for July 24-27 in Roseville, Calif.

The Kastles will play in the league's eastern conference, along with five other teams including the Delaware Smash and Boston Lobsters. The western conference has five teams such as the defending champions, Sacramento Capitals.

The league features several generations of tennis pros, both men and women, competing in communities throughout the United States each summer. The Washington Kastles represents the first D.C.-based team in the league's history.

Posted by Shelia

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