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 DentGOP House candidate placed on leave from longtime position after sexual misconduct allegation Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 RooneySenate panel postpones election security bill markup over lack of GOP support Hillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill MORE (R-Fla.), Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanMcCarthy joins push asking Trump for more wildfire aid in California California wildfires prompt deficit debate in Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Calif.) and Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderMother used in ad attacking Kansas Dem candidate is state GOP official To save asylum seekers we must save our immigration courts GOP super PAC hits Dem House hopeful as 'Pelosi liberal' in new Kansas ad 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 GoodlatteGoodlatte: Administration undercut law, Congress by setting refugee cap Virginia reps urge Trump to declare federal emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence Republicans mull new punishments for dissident lawmakers MORE (R-Va.) and Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaOvernight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming NATO headquarters after McCain Overnight Defense: 7B defense policy bill speeding toward finish line | Trump threatens Turkey with sanctions over American pastor | Senators offer bills to defend NATO ties MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThis week: Democrats pledge ‘sparks’ in Kavanaugh hearing Congress faces September scramble on spending California passes bill to ban controversial drift net fishing 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.