WL Insider: Martina Hingis Joins Kastles

The renowned Washington tennis team picked up the star in Tuesday’s draft for the 2013 season. 

By WL Staff

The swiss tennis star will join the Washington Kastles in July. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

2012 was a monumental year for Washington sports: Both the Redskins and the Nats clinched division titles and made postseason appearances for the first time in years, while the Kastles scored an undefeated season. Now the Kastles, who open the 2013 season art home against the New York Sportimes on July 8, are looking to set the all-time record for the longest winning streak by a major U.S. pro sports team with victories on July 8 and 9, for a total of 34 consecutive wins. To aid in their quest the Kastles acquired former World No. 1 and reigning Mylan World TeamTennis Female MVP  for the 2013 season.

“I am really excited about joining the Washington Kastles. The team and its owner are building a great legacy and I look forward to contributing toward that,” said Hingis. “Washington is a great city and the Kastles have a fantastic fan base. I can’t wait to get started in July.”

The Kastles will play seven home games in 2013. (Photo by John Arundel)

Hingis will play alongside returning teammates , ,  and be coached by 

“Martina Hingis will bring variety and an all-court game that forces her opponents to feel off-balance,” said Jensen, who will return to coach his fifth season. “She moves on the court in much the same way that  skates on the ice – effortlessly.”

The former New York Sportimes player will be unable to join the Kastles until July 15, as she is being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 13. Hingis will be with the Kastles for the final nine games of the regular season.

Tickets for all seven home matches will go on sale to the general public this spring through  www.washingtonkastles.com or Ticketmaster. Season tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling the Kastles at 202-4TENNIS (483-6647).

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