February 14, 2010

Venus and Serena to play for Washington Kastles

(The Washington Post) - The sporting world's most famous siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, will represent Washington this summer under a deal unveiled Thursday that makes them teammates on the city's World Team Tennis squad, the Washington Kastles.

The 2009 champion Kastles drafted Serena Williams and then traded for Venus. Though they won't play in the same match, each will make one home appearance at Kastles Stadium this July.

In addition, Serena, who claimed her 12th major title last month in winning the Australian Open, will also play road matches against the New York Sportimes, New York Buzz and Philadelphia Freedoms. Venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, will play road matches in Philadelphia and St. Louis. Andy Roddick (Philadelphia), Martina Hingis (New York Buzz) and Lindsay Davenport (St. Louis) were chosen with the three top picks in the league's 2010 draft Thursday. Shortly before the draft, Kastles owner Mark Ein engineered the trade with Philadelphia that added Venus Williams to the roster. The season runs July 5-25.

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