As Mark Our survey of a indoor tennis court, he considered a film about creating a sports center that people would like to see.
“It is thought that Field of Dreams,” says Ein at the court at the top of the Union Market market in Northeast Washington, with the views of the CUs. Capitol and Washington Monument.
Ein is owned by the Kastles party in Washington and a majority of World TeamTennis, a professional mixed gender tennis league which is entering the 45th and 12th season in Washington. Starting Monday to July 27, its Kastles franchise will play an unprecedented venue: The court designed for professional and built tennis at the top of the building. (In 2005, an exhibition game between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi was a temporary court built on a helipad at a luxury hotel in Dubai.)
There is a capacity of 700 people at the pop-up stadium in Northeast Washington, past on previous centers of staff, which ran from 2,200 to 3,500 for Kastles games. VIP dinner tables with food from restaurants in the Union Market and surrounding areas, according to Ein, said the home schedule was sold.
The idea is with Jodie McLean, chief executive of Edens, the real estate development company owned by the Union Market. Ein said when she mentioned the idea that he was suspicious. He was looking at various locations throughout the District to move the Kastles after five seasons inside by Charles E. Smith Center on the campus of George Washington University. There was no rooft court on its list. But as he heard more about his feasibility, he believes that it would function as an interesting site.
“I thought maybe we were out of ideas,” said Thursday. “We then decided to put it on the roof of the Union Market. To see it really be alive. . . it's amazing and hard to believe that it came together. ”
The Kastles, one of the eight franchises in WTT, is looking for its first league title from 2015, when they won the final five in a row. This year's roster will include the Washington District Frances Tiafoe, Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams, are due to play on 25 July.
“Every time I look at the stands in DC, I know every individual,” said Tiafoe, 21, the highest ranked player at Kastles' at No. 38 worldwide. “I'm very excited to play for the Kastles. It was always my dream as a child. ”
If this is a good thing this month, the Home Market Home would like to call the Market Market over 2019 as part of a year-round permanent development.
As he watched the rocket court, Ein showed why he was there in the first place. He fell in love with tennis as a child, who was a member at Citi Open D.C., the professional tour event he accepted management earlier this year.
With both the Citi Open and the Kastles, it wants to keep high-level tennis in D.C, making sport more accessible in urban environments.
“I want to give tennis to the people, not to people to tennis,” said Ein, who plays tennis on the weekend. “Many tennis places are quite remote. We will let tennis to the city. ”
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