Lawmakers, media team up for charity tennis event

Lawmakers, media and Washington celebs teamed up on Tuesday night for a charity tennis event hosted by the Washington Kastles.

Team Stripes, led by CNN political analyst David Gregory, took the trophy in the sixth annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic, defeating Team Stars.

Gregory was named the tournament MVP after leading the Stripes to an opening-round win with his doubles partner, Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event MORE (R-Pa.), who was last year's MVP.

“It's just a great night of tennis,” Gregory told The Hill. “Ultimately, you know, it's about having the right partner.

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“It’s fun to be out here to be able to give people a hard time and forget about politics,” Gregory added.

Gregory’s teammates included Dent, Reps. Tom RooneyThomas (Tom) Joseph RooneyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-Fla.), Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanDemocrats see window closing for impeachment Appetite for Democratic term limits fizzling out The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps MORE (D-Calif.) and Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Kansas Senate race splits wide open without Pompeo Mike Pompeo to speak at Missouri-Kansas Forum amid Senate bid speculation MORE (R-Kan.), as well as D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen, Washington Kastles coach Murphy Jensen, Bloomberg’s William Connor and Washington Kastles players Robert Lindstedt and Madison Brengle.

For Huffman, an avid tennis fan, the highlight was getting to match up against pro players from the six-time World Team Tennis champion Washington Kastles.

“Any chance to be around these pros and hit with them and play against them is just a thrill,” Huffman said.

Huffman, who played with doubles partner Rooney for Team Stripes, capped off a 7-5 tie-breaker win in the third round of the tournament with an ace.

“There were some good points. Overall, the quality reflected the amount of time members of Congress spend on the tennis court, which is not much," Huffman joked.

"But I think everybody had a great attitude and had a lot of fun. That’s what it’s about.”

Gregory and Dent beat NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander and Bob Cusack, The Hill’s editor in chief, 7-4, in the first round.

Cusack and Alexander were joined on Team Stars by Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute MORE (R-Va.) and Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaOvernight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAmerica is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction On The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-W.Va.), former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), CNN senior diplomatic correspondent Michelle Kosinski, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, and Kastles stars Tennys Sandgren and Nicole Melichar.

Tennis Channel broadcaster and former SportsCenter anchor Brett Haber emceed the event. He peppered the commentary with light-hearted political jokes.

“Can we get a subcommittee to examine whether that was up or down?” Haber asked after a racquet spin to decide which team would serve first. “How about a blue ribbon study panel to write a 500-page report?” he joked.

Haber also teased Panetta about his tennis skills.

“For a Democrat that was a pretty conservative second serve,” he said.

His other jokes included shouting “fake rules” and claiming Capito was “filibustering” during a match.

The Hill's Bob Cusack praised the annual event for bringing together lawmakers from across the aisle and for helping "get young people into tennis."

"They don't have Democrat versus Republican, they lump the media and everyone together,” he said.

The event raised money for four different Washington, D.C., charities and the United States Tennis Association Foundation. The Hill was a media sponsor for the event.