Anyone for tennis? Washington Kastles Charity Classic returns this week

It'll soon be game, set, match for a bipartisan bunch of lawmakers and D.C. journalists as they face off in an annual charity tennis competition.

Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoDemocrat Richard Ojeda announces Senate bid after dropping out of presidential race Spending bill to address miners' health care, pensions Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation MORE (R-W.Va.), and Reps. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanDemocrats reach cusp of impeachment Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Pelosi heading to Madrid for UN climate change convention MORE (D-Calif.) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottHoyer: Democratic chairmen trying to bridge divide on surprise medical bills To support today's students, Congress must strengthen oversight of colleges Democratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' MORE (D-Va.) are poised to both team up with and take on members of the press at the seventh Washington Kastles Charity Classic on July 23. The Hill Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial Both sides of the aisle call for local, state, federal cooperation on homelessness The Hill's Editor-In-Chief: New concerns that Biden is Hillary 2.0 MORE, ABC's Jonathan Karl and first-time player Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, will be among the media pros picking up racquets at the event, held at the Kastles' new stadium at Union Market.


"One of the things that we do differently from all the other Washington political sports events is we don't pit Republicans against Democrats, or government figures against the media," Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein tells ITK. "We mix the teams with both. And we think that's one of the things that make this event so special and so needed. Each of the teams has Republicans, Democrats, members of the media and members of our team, our pro-athletes."

D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen, former Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe biggest political upsets of the decade Ex-GOP lawmaker: Former colleagues privately say they're 'disgusted and exhausted' by Trump Overnight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Federal judge blocks Trump from detaining migrant children indefinitely | Health officials tie vaping-related illnesses to 'Dank Vapes' brand | Trump to deliver health care speech in Florida MORE (R-Pa.), and Ein are also expected to play, with Nick Bollettieri returning as a coach.

All of the ticket proceeds from the match will benefit District-area charities, organizers say. The Hill is a media sponsor for the event.

Ein, the owner of Washington City Paper, insists that even in a partisan and politically fractured city such as Washington, the series of doubles matches can help create "real, true friendships" across the aisle.

"One of the members of Congress commented to me last year that they had entered Congress the same time as their doubles partner 10 years earlier, but had never spoken to them. But they played doubles together and realized they had a lot in common and liked each other and started a friendship," he says.

"I think we can all use more of that in Washington."