Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event

Lawmakers and journalists teamed up Tuesday night for a good cause, hitting the court for the seventh Washington Kastles Charity Classic tennis tournament.

The clouds parted just in time for attendees to watch Team Stripes beat Team Stars at the Kastles' new stadium in Union Market.

The annual event raised money for Washington, D.C., charities, including the DC Ed Fund, N Street Village and Food & Friends.

It was a bipartisan affair, with lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-W.Va.), Reps. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanTensions running high after gun incident near House floor Scars of Capitol attack permeate high-security inauguration Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots MORE (D-Calif.) and William TimmonsWilliam Evan TimmonsREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Post-pandemic, small businesses need sustainable opportunity Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-S.C.), and former Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder Dent22 retired GOP members of Congress call for Trump's impeachment Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 The magnificent moderation of Susan Collins MORE (R-Pa.) taking part.


Among the media participants were CNN reporter Michelle Kosinski, network president Jeff Zucker, and Wolf Blitzer, host of "The Situation Room." The Hill, a media sponsor of the event, was represented by Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Incoming lawmakers stress coronavirus relief, economy as first priority of new session Rep.-elect Issa says Trump should attend Biden inauguration MORE.

And tennis icon Nick Bollettieri was on hand as one of the event's celebrity coaches.

Bollettieri jokingly pleaded the Fifth when asked whether Republicans or Democrats were the better tennis players in the event. But he opened up to talk about the importance of coming together for a worthy cause.

“It’s all about helping inner-city children and that’s why I am here,” he said. “The future of America is based on young children and if they don’t have hope that they can reach their dreams, America will be in more trouble than it is today.”

It was a competitive match with the Stripes, represented by tennis star Bruno Soares and D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, taking the first set in a 7-5 tiebreaker over the Stars' Yoshihito Nishioka, who plays for the Kastles, and Kastles owner Mark Ein.

Kastles coach Murphy Jensen emceed the event and kept the mood light-hearted.

At one point during the tournament, when CNN's Jeff Zucker took the court, Blitzer took over the umpire chair.

The match was a close and hard-fought affair, with the Stripes ultimately prevailing by one point. ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl was honored with the MVP award.