Mark Ein, Adrian Fenty, Jack Evans by Max Cook
The Washington Kastles, defending World TeamTennis champions, announced at a press conference today that all individual and season tickets are now available for their 2010 season. In attendance were Mayor Adrian Fenty, Councilman Jack Evans, team owner Mark Ein, and returning coach Murphy Jensen. Tickets for individual matches can be purchased on their website or on TicketMaster, while season tickets can be purchased by calling 202-4-TENNIS.
The upcoming season in July promises to be another exciting time for tennis fans, with the return of coach Murphy “Refuse to Lose” Jensen and the addition of Venus Williams to the team. Also returning this year are her sister Serena Williams and doubles dynamos, Leander Paes and Rennae Stubbs. “With the talent on this veteran roster, we should win it all again,” said Jensen. “I know I speak for the entire team when I say that last season was one of the best experiences of our careers and we’re coming back to repeat as champions.” Continue reading →
Venus Williams by Max Cook
As if having the world’s #1 women’s tennis player on our team wasn’t enough, the Washington Kastles have added the #5 player as well. That’s right, both Serena and Venus Williams will be playing for the Kastles this season almost assuring another successful run at the World TeamTennis Championship. With arguably the best sibling duo in tennis history, the Kastles roster now boasts a combined 61 Grand Slam titles.
In other exciting news for Kastles fans, coach Murphy Jensen will be back again to see if lighting can strike twice. “It takes world-class talent to win championships and there are no more accomplished athletes than Serena and Venus,” said Murphy, “Last summer was truly a dream season for us, and come July 5, the dream continues in DC.”
Continue reading →
Murphy Jensen by Max
The inaugural season of the Washington Kastles, DC’s very own World TeamTennis team, was wildly successful, selling 94% of their seats and all of their boxes, an amazing feat by any standards. In response to this great demand, their second season proves to be even bigger and better. The Kastles Stadium (currently under construction) will again be located in the heart of downtown on the corner of 11th & H Streets NW, will be expanded to nearly 3,000 seats, and will also host an additional “marquee player game” as well as the WTT Championship Finals. The icing on the cake however is the addition of their new head coach, ex pro and TV personality, Murphy Jensen.
I had a chance to sit down with Jensen to discuss what he hopes to bring to the team this season. If you know anything about Murphy and his exuberant, gung ho personality, it may come as no surprise that interviewing him was like herding cats. Cats on a Red Bull diet. What I’d imagined to be a well executed, fifteen minute set of questions and answers, turned into an hour long chat with one of the most high energy individuals I’ve ever met. During our conversation we covered topics ranging from his excitement to be a part of the Kastles, his comedy travel show Murphy’s Guide, his advice on shaving your head, the first time he drove a Porsche, playing tennis with “41”, and of course what he loves about DC. Many of his responses were as if they came from a politician in that they were long-winded and never really answered my question, but in the end I left the Kastles office thinking to myself, “That is one awesome dude.”
Continue reading →