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 CapitoGaetz: Some lawmakers reviewed transcript at White House On The Money: Trump takes aim at China in UN address | Consumer confidence fell as trade tensions rose | Senate proposes billion for Trump border wall Senate proposes billion for Trump border wall MORE (R-W.Va.), and Reps. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanDemocrat argues GOP had 'no deep love or loyalty' to Trump Democrats take Trump impeachment case to voters Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE (D-Calif.) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottCBO: Pelosi bill to lower drug prices saves Medicare 5 billion Democrats divided on surprise medical bill fix NYC teacher suing DeVos over student loan forgiveness program 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) CusackHill editor-in-chief: NBA is 'bending down' to 'almighty dollar' The Hill's Editor-In-Chief: Yang slams NBA and new Biden reporting The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions 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 DentOvernight 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 The 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 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."