February 13, 2013 - World TeamTennis (WTT) - Washington Kastles
Former World No. 1s Venus Williams and Andy Roddick will be playing at Kastles Stadium this July.
Venus Williams will be back at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf this summer for her fourth season as a Washington Kastle!
The 22-time Grand Slam champion was selected by the Kastles in Tuesday's Mylan World TeamTennis Marquee Draft.
The date and opponent for Williams' return to Washington will be revealed the week of March 4 along with the complete Kastles schedule. Williams is also set to represent the Kastles in Dallas against the new Texas Wild.
Williams' teammates in 2013 will be determined during the Mylan WTT Roster Draft on Tuesday, March 12 at Noon.
The Kastles are 32-0 overall since 2010, 14-0 at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf and 10-0 when Williams is in their lineup. The four-time Olympic gold medalist played a crucial role in keeping the Kastles undefeated in each of the last two seasons.
Facing her former team in 2011, Williams stunned the Philadelphia Freedoms (video) when she rallied the Kastles back from a 15-9 halftime deficit. In just the second match of the Kastles' current 32-match winning streak, Williams won women's singles 5-2, and then finished off the Freedoms with a 5-1 victory in mixed doubles alongside Leander Paes .
She was the comeback queen again on July 21, 2012, as the Kastles trailed the New York Sportimes 19-13 going into the final set of women's singles. Up against fellow former World No. 1 Martina Hingis, Williams saved four match points (video) and swept the final 11 points, defeating Hingis 5-1 in the set, 2-0 in overtime and 7-0 in a Supertiebreaker.
Williams went on to earn 2012 WTT Finals MVP honors for her clutch play Sept. 15-16 in Charleston, S.C. The Kastles were tied after four sets twice in a 24-hour span -- against the Sportimes in the Eastern Conference Championship and the Sacramento Capitals in the WTT Finals.
Both times it was Williams who clinched the winner-take-all fifth set, defeating Ashley Harkleroad 5-1 before beating CoCo Vandeweghe 5-4 (video) from 0-2 down in a do-or-die tiebreaker to cap the Kastles' title run. Williams also won mixed doubles with Paes and women's doubles with Anastasia Rodionova in the WTT Finals.
Due to scheduling issues, the availability of Kastles original player Serena Williams for the Mylan WTT season July 7-24 is uncertain at the moment. Serena will seek to defend her Wimbledon title June 24-July 7 before playing at WTA events July 15-21 in Sweden and July 22-28 in Stanford, Calif.
But another American superstar will be coming to Kastles Stadium at The Wharf for the very first time.
Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick will lead the Springfield Lasers onto the Southwest Waterfront this July.
Roddick left the ATP World Tour last September after amassing 32 singles titles and 33 Davis Cup wins, cementing his status as one of the greatest team tennis players in the world. He helped the U.S. capture the Davis Cup in 2007.
Personable and powerful -- he once hit a 155 mile-per-hour serve -- Roddick has enjoyed great success playing in the nation's capital. He won the Citi Open three times, compiling a 30-6 record in nine tournament appearances.
Roddick's greatest season came in 2003 when he won 19 consecutive matches following the Citi Open, highlighted by his lone Grand Slam championship at the US Open. He would have racked up more major titles were it not for Roger Federer, who replaced Roddick at the top of the rankings in 2004 and defeated him in four Grand Slam finals.
Despite those disappointing losses, Roddick remained the model of consistency throughout his career on tour. He won at least one ATP title in 12 straight seasons (2001-2012) and ended nine straight years ranked in the Top 10 (2002-2010).
Roddick is returning to Mylan WTT for a seventh season, having most recently played for Philadelphia in 2010.
Among the other selections in Tuesday's Marquee Draft were the World No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas), 2013 Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens (Philadelphia) and top-ranked American men Sam Querrey (Sacramento) and Mardy Fish (Sacramento).
Stay tuned to the Kastles E-Blast for more player news in the near future, the Kastles schedule announcement the week of March 4, and a preview of the March 12 Mylan WTT Roster Draft.
Individual match tickets won't go on sale until the spring, but you can secure the best seats at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf and a great set of other benefits by purchasing a box or season tickets today!
Depending on the type of box or season tickets, you could receive opportunities to play tennis with Coach Murphy Jensen and the team, invitations to exclusive Kastles social events and pre-match hospitality access. To get the best seats, call 202-4-TENNIS (483-6647) or E-mail Info@WashingtonKastles.com. For more details, visit WashingtonKastles.com.
Andy Roddick won the 2006 Indianapolis doubles title with Bobby Reynolds of the Kastles.