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The Washington Kastles World Team tennis matches will be on the roof of the Union Market in D.C.

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.


Frances Tiafoe, left, and Venus Williams were mixed double partners at Wimbledon. Both will play at the top of the Union Market later this month. (Tim Ireland / Press)

“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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Washington Kastles World Team Tennis matches will be on the roof of Union Market in D.C.

As Mark Ein studied a tennis court built on a roof, he considered a movie about creating a sports event that people would like to see.

"It feels like" Field of Dreams, "one of the court said at the top of Union Market in Northeast Washington overlooking the US Capitol and Washington Monument.

One owns Washington Kastles and a majority interest in World TeamTennis, a mixed sex professional tennis league that enters its 45th season and 12 in Washington. From Monday to July 27, his Kastles franchise plays in what Ein called an unprecedented place: A court designed for professional tennis and built on a building. (In 2005, an exhibition was matched between Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played on a temporary court built on a helicopter at a luxury hotel in Dubai.)

The pop-up stadium in Northeast Washington has a capacity of 700 people, which is significantly lower than the team's previous venues, which ranged from 2,200 to 3,500 for Kastles matches. It will include VIP dinner tables with food from restaurants in Union Market and the surrounding area, according to Ein who said the home directory is out of stock.

The idea belongs to Jodie McLean, director of Edens, the real estate development company that owns Union Market. One said when she mentioned the idea, he was skeptical. He had looked at various locations across the district to move Kastles after five seasons indoors at Charles E. Smith Center at George Washington University campus. A rooftop court was not on its list. But when he heard more about its feasibility, he thought it would work as an exciting place.

"I thought maybe we were out of ideas," Ein said on Thursday. "So we decided to put it on the Union Markets roof. To see it really come to life … it's spectacular and hard to believe it came together."

Kastles, one of eight franchises in WTT, is seeking their first league title since 2015, when they won the last five consecutively. This year's roster will include the Washington area native Frances Tiafoe, Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams, scheduled to play July 25th.


Frances Tiafoe, left and Venus Williams were mixed double partners at Wimbledon. Both will play on Union Market later this month. (Tim Ireland / Associated Press)

"Every time I look at the D.C. stands, I know every single person," said Tiafoe, 21, Kastles & # 39; highest ranked player at No. 38 in the world. "I am very excited to play for Kastles. It was always my dream as a child."

Should all go well this month, Ein wants to call Union Market Kastles home beyond 2019 as part of a permanent, year-round roof development.

As he looked over the rooftop chair, Ein wondered why he was there in the first place. He fell in love with tennis as a child who served as a ballboy at D.C.'s Citi Open, the professional tour event at he took over the management earlier this year.

With both Citi Open and Kastles he wants to keep tennis at high level in D.C., which makes the sport more accessible in urban environments.

"I want to bring tennis to the people, not people to the tennis," said Ein, who plays tennis on weekends. "A lot of tennis is in remote places. Let's take tennis to the city."

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