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 CapitoMcConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return Graham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE (R-W.Va.), and Reps. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanBickering Democrats return with divisions Lobbying world OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-Calif.) and Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottDeLauro wins Steering Committee vote for Appropriations chair National reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge Trump officials approve Georgia plan to remove as enrollment option 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 - Sponsored by Facebook - Election Day has arrived Law enforcement braces for unrest after Election Day The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association -Trump enters debate week after NYT obtains his tax returns 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 magnificent moderation of Susan Collins The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare front and center; transition standoff continues Republicans who could serve in a Biden government 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."