Washington Kastles

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Washington Kastles
Washington Kastles logo.jpg
Founded 2008
Current season 2014
League World TeamTennis
Team history Washington Kastles
2008–present
Based in Washington, D.C.
Stadium Kastles Stadium at The Charles E. Smith Center
Colors

Red, White and Navy

              
Owner(s) Mark Ein
Head coach Murphy Jensen
Championships 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Division titles 5
Cheerleaders 8
Mascot Topspin and Slice

The Washington Kastles is one of seven franchises currently competing in World TeamTennis.

Based in Washington, D.C. since 2008, the Kastles won the WTT championship following the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. The uncommon spelling of the team's name traces to team owner Mark Ein's ownership of Kastle Systems, an office security company.

Stadium[edit]

The Kastles played the 2014 season at the Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University. The Charles E. Smith Center is located at 22nd and G Streets NW. The venue is indoors and hosted two matches that set the record for attendance at a Kastles match at 3,275. The team played its first three seasons in a temporary stadium constructed each summer on the former site of the former Washington Convention Center. The Kastles played the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, a 2,600-seat facility erected in 2011 on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, D.C.. That was closed in preparation for the development of the city's waterfront.

History[edit]

The Kastles began World TeamTennis play as an expansion franchise in 2008 and finished 6-8 in their inaugural season. They won their first King Trophy, named after former world No. 1 player and league co-owner Billie Jean King, in 2009 despite losing their first four matches and finishing just 7-7 during the regular season. The Kastles failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2010, but went undefeated in both 2011 and 2012, winning all 14 regular-season matches, the Eastern Conference championship and the WTT championship in each season.

The undefeated 2011 season marked the first time in the history of World Team Tennis that a team went 16-0 and was only the second time, behind the 1994 Newport Beach Dukes, that a team did not lose a regular season match. The 1994 Newport Beach Dukes lost in the playoffs and did not win the league championship. It was the first time a Washington professional sports team posted an undefeated regular season and won its league championship.

In 2012, the Kastles became the first professional sports team in the United States to complete back-to-back perfect seasons when they again finished 16-0.

In the 2013 season opener versus the New York Sportimes, the Washington Kastles recorded their 33rd consecutive win by a score of 23-15. which equaled the winning streak of the 1971-1972 LA Lakers of the NBA. In the second match of the season versus the Boston Lobsters, the Kastles recorded their 34th consecutive win by a score of 25-12 setting a new winning streak high for a major professional sports team. On July 10, 2013 the Kastles had their winning streak snapped by the Texas Wild in Las Colinas, TX. The next night at home, the Kastles fell to the Springfield Lasers. The Kastles won the remaining 10 matches of the regular season and ended up with the best record in the WTT at 12-2. The Kastles beat the Boston Lobsters in the Eastern Conference Championship match on July 25 by a score of 25-12. The Kastles repeated that score of 25-12 in the WTT Championship match against the Springfield Lasers to win their third consecutive WTT Championship and a final season record of 14-2.

The Kastles continued their winning ways in 2014. Even though the Kastles lost 4 regular season matches (only one at home) they posted the best record in the Eastern Conference and hosted the Philadelphia Freedoms in Eastern Conference Championship match. The Kastles won their 5th Eastern Conference Championship by a score of 21-16. They have only failed to make the playoffs and win the Eastern Conference Championship in 2008 (their inaugural season) and 2010.

The Kastles then traveled to Springfield, Missouri to face the Springfield Lasers in the Mylan WTT Championship Match on July 27, 2014, Since the Kastles had a better regular season record than the Springfield Lasers, the Kastles were considered the home team and were able to determine the order of play. The order of play didn't matter - the Kastles swept all five events and won their fourth consecutive WTT Championship by a score of 25-13. Bobby Reynolds won his Men's Singles event and the Men's Doubles even, his last match as a Washington Kastle. The only other team in the 39 year history of World Team Tennis that won four championships in a row are the Sacramento Capitals.

Justin Gimelstob - Anna Kournikova controversy[edit]

On June 25, 2008, Kastles player Justin Gimelstob was on the Washington, D.C. morning radio show "The Sports Junkies", talking about his tennis career, his interactions with other tennis pros, his dalliances with such female players as Martina Hingis, and a variety of other topics. During the interview, Gimelstob, a regular guest on the show, said that he when he faced Anna Kournikova (who played for the St. Louis Aces) the following month match in Washington: "I’m going to serve it right at the body, about 128, right into her midriff. If she's not crying by the time she comes off court then I did not do my job." Asked if that meant he hated the Russian, with whom he trained as a youth, he replied: "Hate is a very strong word. I just despise her to the maximum level just below hate." He added that he would not like to sleep with Kournikova, "because she's such a douche." Instead, "I wouldn't mind having my younger brother, who's a kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that."

Gimestob would subsequently lose his job as a commentator on the Tennis Network.

Kournikova originally had planned to pull herself from the event but decided to play. In the mixed doubles portion of the match, Mashona Washington and Gimelstob defeated Kournikova and Travis Rettenmaier. 5-2 (though Gimestob did not start the set. He came in for Scott Oudsema at 2-0)

Head coach[edit]

Thomas Blake was named head coach of the Washington Kastles in June 2008. Blake became a professional tennis player in 1996 and most notably partnered with his brother, James Blake, to play doubles in the US Open in 1996 and 2002. In 2005, Blake retired from professional singles play.

Murphy Jensen was named the Kastles' head coach at the start of the 2009 season. Jensen and his brother, Luke won the French Open doubles championship in 1993 and hosts a show on The Tennis Channel. After the Kastles finished undefeated in 2011 and 2012, Jensen was named the league's Coach of the Year. Jensen was also named the league's Coach of the Year in 2013.

Current squad[edit]

Former squad[edit]

2008 Season[edit]

Record: 6-8 (Inaugural Season)

2009 Season[edit]

Record: 7-7 (Eastern Conference Second Seed, World TeamTennis Champions)

Eastern Conference Championship (Kastles Stadium, City Center, Washington, DC)

  • July 24 - vs. New York Sportimes: 22-19 win (8-7)

World TeamTennis Championship (Kastles Stadium, City Center, Washington, DC)

  • July 26 - vs. Springfield Lasers: 23-20 win (9-7)

2010 Season[edit]

Record: 8-6

  • July 5 - @ New York Sportimes: 20-21 loss (0-1)
  • July 6 - hosted Philadelphia Freedoms: 21-15 win (1-1)
  • July 7 - hosted New York Buzz (WAS - Venus Williams, NYB - Martina Hingis): 25-15 win (2-1)
  • July 8 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms (WAS - Venus Williams): 21-20 win (3-1)
  • July 9 - @ New York Buzz (NYB - Martina Hingis): 20-12 win (4-1)
  • July 10 - @ St. Louis Aces (WAS - Venus Williams, SLA - Lindsay Davenport): 23-16 win (5-1)
  • July 12 - hosted New York Buzz (NYB - Martina Hingis): 21-20 win (6-1)
  • July 13 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms: 18-24 lost (6-2)
  • July 14 - hosted Kansas City Explorers: 22-24 loss (6-3)
  • July 15 - @ New York Sportimes: 18-23 loss (6-4)
  • July 18 - hosted Boston Lobsters: 16-20 loss (7-4)
  • July 20 - hosted New York Sportimes (NYS - John McEnroe): 22-16 win (7-5)
  • July 21 - hosted St. Louis Aces (SLA - Anna Kournikova): 19-17 win (8-5)
  • July 22 - @ Boston Lobsters: 15-24 loss (8-6)

2011 Season[edit]

Record: 16-0 (World TeamTennis Champions)

  • July 5 - hosted Kansas City Explorers (WAS - Venus Williams): 21-18 win (1-0)
  • July 6 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms (WAS - Venus Williams): 19-18 win (2-0)
  • July 7 - hosted Boston Lobsters (WAS - Serena Williams): 25-10 win (3-0)
  • July 8 - @ Springfield Lasers: 23-20 win (4-0)
  • July 9 - @ Sacramento Capitals (WAS - Serena Williams): 21-16 win (5-0)
  • July 11 - @ Newport Beach Breakers: 21-13 win (6-0)
  • July 12 - hosted New York Sportimes: 20-19 win (Super Tiebreak) (7-0)
  • July 14 - hosted Springfield Lasers: 21-20 win (Last Event Tiebreak) (8-0)
  • July 15 - hosted St. Louis Aces: 21-20 win (Super Tiebreak) (9-0)
  • July 16 - @ Boston Lobsters: 25-18 win (10-0)
  • July 18 - hosted Sacramento Capitals: 25-14 win (11-0)
  • July 19 - @ New York Sportimes (Albany) (WAS - Serena Williams, NYS - Martina Hingis): 21-20 win (Super Tiebreak) (12-0)
  • July 20 - @ New York Sportimes (WAS - Serena Williams, NYS - Martina Hingis): 23-15 win (13-0)
  • July 21 - hosted Philadelphia Freedoms: 25-11 win (14-0)

Eastern Conference Championship (Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC)

  • July 22 - hosted Boston Lobsters: 23-15 win (15-0)

World TeamTennis Championship (Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC)

  • July 24 - hosted St. Louis Aces: 23-19 win (16-0)

2012 Season[edit]

Record: 16-0 (World TeamTennis Champions)

Eastern Conference Championship (Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC)

  • September 15 - New York Sportimes (WAS - Venus Williams): 19-15 win (15-0)

World TeamTennis Championship (Family Circle Tennis Center, Charleston, SC)

  • September 16 - Sacramento Capitals (WAS - Venus Williams, SAC - Kevin Anderson): 20-19 win (16-0)

2013 Season[edit]

Record: 14-2 (World TeamTennis Champions)

  • July 8 - hosted New York Sportimes - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, Kevin Anderson): 23-15 win (1-0)
  • July 9 - hosted Boston Lobsters - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, Kevin Anderson): 25-12 win (2-0)
  • July 10 - @ Texas Wild - 7:35 PM (WAS - Kevin Anderson): 18-23 loss (2-1)
  • July 11 - hosted Springfield Lasers - 7:10 PM (SPR - Andy Roddick, WAS - Kevin Anderson): 15-22 loss (2-2)
  • July 13 - @ Sacramento Capitals - 7:35 PM: 23-14 win (3-2)
  • July 15 - @ Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, BOS - Mark Philippoussis): 23-18 win (4-2)
  • July 16 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (Martina Hingis): 22-18 win (5-2)
  • July 17 - hosted Springfield Lasers - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 21-15 win (6-2)
  • July 19 - @ Texas Wild - 7:35 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 23-16 win (7-2)
  • July 20 - hosted New York Sportimes - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 21-20 win (8-2)
  • July 21 - @ Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 19-18 win (9-2)
  • July 22 - hosted Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 23-13 win (10-2)
  • July 23 - @ New York Sportimes - 7:30 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 23-15 win (11-2)
  • July 24 - hosted Boston Lobsters - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 25-9 win (12-2)

Eastern Conference Championship (Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, Washington, D.C.)

  • July 25 - Kastles (Home Team based on Record) vs. Boston Lobsters - 7:10 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 25-12 win (13-2)

World TeamTennis Championship (Kastles Stadium at The Wharf, Washington, D.C.)

  • July 28 - Kastles (Home Team due to best record in WTT) vs. Springfield Lasers (WAS - Martina Hingis, SPR - Andy Roddick): 25-12 win (14-2)

2014 Season[edit]

  • July 7 - @ Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM: 24-16 win (1-0)
  • July 8 - @ Texas Wild - 7:30 PM: 24-15 win (2-0)
  • July 9 - host Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, Kevin Anderson): 24-8 win (3-0)
  • July 10 - host Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (WAS Martina Hingis, Kevin Anderson): 24-10 win (4-0)
  • July 11 - @ Austin Aces - 7:30 PM (AUS - Andy Roddick, Marion Bartoli, WAS - Martina Hingis): 24-10 win (5-0)
  • July 13 - host Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 23-14 win (6-0)
  • July 14 - host San Diego Aviators - 7:00 PM (SD - Daniela Hantuchova, WAS - Martina Hingis): 18-22 loss (6-1)
  • July 16 - host Texas Wild - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, Venus Williams): 23-18 win (7-1)
  • July 17 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (WAS - Venus Williams): 15-22 loss (7-2)
  • July 18 - @ Springfield Lasers - 7:00 PM: 10-24 loss (7-3)
  • July 19 - @ Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM: 23-19 win (8-3)
  • July 21 - host Boston Lobsters - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 25-9 win (9-3)
  • July 22 - host Springfield Lasers - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis, Sloane Stephens): 23-15 win (10-3)
  • July 23 - @ Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 20-21 loss (10-4)

Eastern Conference Championship (Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, Washington, D.C.)

  • July 24 - Kastles (Home Team based on Record) vs. Philadelphia Freedoms - 7:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 21-16 win (11-4)

World TeamTennis Championship (Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield, MO)

  • July 27 - Kastles (Home Team sets order of play due to better regular season record) vs. Springfield Lasers - 5:00 PM (WAS - Martina Hingis): 25-13 win (12-4)

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