(Source: Washington Kastles)
Kastles Finalize Star-Studded Home Roster For Historic 10th Anniversary Season
Doubles Star Treat Huey Returns to form Week One DC Dream Team with Frances Tiafoe
Martina Hingis Added to Friday, July 21st Star-Studded Match!
Treat Huey will join the Kastles for his third season this summer.
Throughout the ten-year history of the Washington Kastles franchise, the team has achieved a long list of incredible milestones: Six King Trophies as league champion, the only two undefeated seasons in the league's 42-season history, a North American professional sports record 34-match win streak, three Coach of the Year awards for head coach Murphy Jensen, five league MVP awards, six finals MVP awards, and home matches featuring eight different world #1 ranked players in singles and doubles.
But never before have the Kastles entered a season with a lineup like this one.
And to top it off, the Kastles just re-signed Alexandria native and University of Virginia legend Treat Huey to return this summer for his third season and will form a DC Dream Team with Frances Tiafoe for the first week of the season. Both Huey and Tiafoe trained as kids growing up in the Washington area at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, MD before launching successful pro careers on the ATP Tour.The duo will be inspiring role models for young Kastles fans this summer who can watch the home-grown pair playing for their hometown team. Huey previously helped lead Washington to the league title in 2012 and will look to add another Championship ring to his collection.
On the ATP World Tour, Treat has established himself as one of the most formidable doubles players in men's tennis. He finished 2016 with a year-end doubles ranking of #22 in the world. With a career winning percentage of .615, Huey's won doubles titles on every surface, including Acapulco (hard), Estoril (clay), St. Petersburg (indoor hard), Eastbourne (grass), and reached the quarters of the Australian and US Opens (2016, 2014, 2013) and the semis of Wimbledon last year, where he and his partner Max Mirnyi lost in an epic five-setter to the #2 world ranked Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) 4-6 4-6.
"I'm real excited to be back on the team this summer," said Huey. "It means a lot to me to be able to put on the Kastles uniform and play in front of not only great Kastles fans but family and friends that have always supported me since I was growing up playing junior tennis not too far down the road."
Alexandria Native Treat Huey airborne against the Freedoms in his debut season for the Kastles in 2012
(Photo Credit: Vithaya Phongsavan)
In addition, Martina Hingis, fresh off her highly successful European clay court season, which included winning both the Madrid and Rome doubles titles, and a semifinal run at Roland Garros, has signed on to play a third match for the Kastles, on Friday, July 21 vs. Billie Jean King's Philadelphia Freedoms. By playing a third match, Hingis will qualify for the WTT Finals which will be held on Saturday, August 5 at La Costa, California, should the Kastles qualify.
"We want to put the best possible team on the court every night as a commitment to our city and our incredibly loyal fans," said team owner Mark Ein. "Martina is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and we really appreciate her steadfast commitment to the Kastles over many years. And bringing back another local talent in Treat to play alongside Frances Tiafoe is a homegrown DC dream team that will inspire kids and thrill all our fans for the entire first week."
Veteran Kastle Martina Hingis is pumped to play another match for Washington this season.
(Photo Credit: Camerawork USA)
Get ready for the most spectacular season yet!
The first week of the Kastles 10th-anniversary season will be unforgettable featuring: Hingis and Huey; former world #1 doubles team and winningest duo in ATP World Tour history Bob and Mike Bryan on Thursday, July 20; tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios, returning for his second season with the Kastles on Friday, July 21; rising American star and College Park native Frances Tiafoe, making his debut appearance for the Kastles this season; and the return of veteran Kastle Madison Brengle and 2015 league MVP Anastasia Rodionova.
For the three home matches during week two, on July 25, 26 and 29, the Kastles will be led by big-hitting American and world #27 Sam Querrey, returning for his third season and best known for his win over world #1 Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year, and Bruno Soares, a five-time Grand Slam champion who reached #1 in the world in 2016. The highlight of week two will feature the legendary Venus Williams on Tuesday, July 25, returning for her seventh season for the Kastles.
"We have had some great teams in our first nine years, but we have never had this level of world-class talent, excitement and depth every single night," Ein added. "It will truly be seven spectacular and memorable nights this July at Kastle Stadium for our tenth anniversary season."
|DATE||OPPONENT||2017 KASTLES HOME ROSTER|
|Tue. 18||New York|
Martina Hingis, Frances Tiafoe, Treat Huey, Madison
Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova
|Wed. 19||Orange County||Martina Hingis, Frances Tiafoe, Treat Huey, Madison|
Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova
|Thu. 20||San Diego||Bob and Mike Bryan, Frances Tiafoe, Treat Huey, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova|
|Fri. 21||Philadelphia||Nick Kyrgios, Martina Hingis, Frances Tiafoe, Treat Huey, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova|
|Tue. 25||Springfield||Venus Williams, Sam Querrey, Bruno Soares, Madison|
Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova
|Wed. 26||New York||Sam Querrey, Bruno Soares, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova|
|Sat. 29||Orange County||Sam Querrey, Bruno Soares, Madison Brengle, Anastasia Rodionova|