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 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.), and Reps. 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 Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDemocrats: Trump plan could jeopardize 500,000 children's free school meals Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour 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 Editor-in-Chief: Biden's lack of energy is an issue The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy The Hill's Morning Report — Will Congress do anything on gun control? 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 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.), 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."