- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Serena Williams has been drafted by Washington’s newest pro sports team.

The Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis announced that Williams, the winner of eight grand slams, will join the team when it makes its debut this July.

“She’s as good as it gets,” Kastles owner Mark Ein said. “We’re really excited to get her. Her matches are electric. Her style really gets people energized.”

Ein said he drafted Williams in part because she had never played in an event in the District and because she has a sister who lives in the city. Williams also has been a supporter of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

The Kastles will play seven home matches in the District between July 3 and 23, followed by a Championship Weekend in Roseville, Calif. Williams is expected to play in one home match and three road matches and will play both singles and doubles.

The rest of the Kastles four-team lineup will be announced April 1. Ein said he expects to add one more marquee name, most likely a male star.

Ein also said the team will likely play its matches at a temporary site with capacity of about 2,500 and easy access to major roads.

World Team Tennis was founded by Billie Jean King in 1973. It is known for its fan-friendly style, with no-ad scoring, coaching breaks and played lets.

Each event consists of five sets, featuring one each of men’s and women’s singles, one each of men’s and women’s doubles and a set of mixed doubles.

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