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Washington Kastles Will Defend Their World Team Tennis Title This Summer

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Mylan World Team Tennis has announced that the five-time champion Washington Kastles will return this summer to defend their 2015 championship title. Back with a two-week regular season starting at the end of July, six WTT teams will play 12 regular season matches (six home, six away) from July 31 through August 13. The top two teams will then advance to the WTT Finals on Saturday, August 27. The finals will take place in New York, just prior to the start of the US Open.

Last season, the Kastles were led by superstars Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and doubles legend Leander Paes, and they were clearly were the best team of the league. This year, however, there will be a new team competing for the King Trophy, the New York Empire. Based at the famed Forest Hills Tennis Center in New York, the Empire will be coached by John McEnroe and will be headlined by former world number one player, Andy Roddick.

The 2016 teams include Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Springfield (Missouri), San Diego, and Orange County (California). Rosters will be built at at Friday, March 25, 2016 event, in Miami, called the Mylan WTT Player Draft. The draft will take place during the Miami Open tennis tournament held annually on Key Biscayne.

The 2016 WTT season will include 45 hours of live match coverage on ESPN3 (one match daily), one featured match on ESPN2, and more than 250 hours of matches and special programming airing on Tennis Channel, Comcast SportsNet, Altitude Sports, Mediacom and other regional sports networks.

 

World Team Tennis, created by Billie Jean King, has been played for more than 40 years. Featuring a unique format, mixing singles and doubles and fun, the WTT is a reasonably priced family entertainment, where you get to see superstars play in an informal atmosphere. The Kastles home court for the 2016 season will be in the Smith Center at George Washington University. It is the team’s third season at the venue, which is easily accessible by Metro and has good street and lot parking available.