Friday, July 29, 2016

Kastles Sign Olympian and Arlington Native Denis Kudla for Monday Home Opener

Olympian Denis Kudla

From our friends at the Washington Kastles...

Washington Kastles Re-Sign Olympian and Arlington Native Denis Kudla for Home Opener

Kudla to replace the injured Sam Querrey and join fellow U.S. Olympians Bob and Mike Bryan on Monday, August 1 at Kastles Stadium

The Washington Kastles, the five-time defending and six-time Mylan World TeamTennis champions, have re-signed first-time Olympian and Arlington, Virginia native Denis Kudla as a replacement for Sam Querrey for Monday’s home opener against the Springfield Lasers. Querrey retired from his first-round match at the Rogers Cup earlier this week with a back injury and will not be able to play in the Kastles first four home matches.

Kudla will be joined at Kastles Stadium on Monday night by Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis and Leander Paes, who will all head from DC to Rio to represent the United States, Switzerland and India, respectively, at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kudla will be making his Olympic debut while Paes will become the first tennis player in history to appear in seven Olympic games.

Kudla made his debut for the Kastles and WTT in 2015, leading the team to a 4-2 record over the season’s first six matches while going a combined 9-3 in men’s singles and men’s doubles sets, capping off his season with a 5-0 shutout of Robby Ginepri of the Philadelphia Freedoms at Kastles Stadium. Kudla helped lead the Kastles to the league’s best overall record in men’s doubles and second-best overall in men’s singles.

Kudla, who grew up in Fairfax and moved to Arlington at 13, trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. before embarking on his pro career in 2008. In 2015, Kudla was the last American male left in the Wimbledon draw, reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time before losing to 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Kudla has won seven career challenger- and futures-level singles titles and four doubles titles, and holds a career-high ranking of 53rd. Kudla is currently the 102nd-ranked men’s singles player in the world. He’ll join Bob and Mike Bryan, Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Madison Brengle, and Anastasia Rodionova on Monday night as the Kastles kick off their title defense with the first of six home matches.

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About the Washington Kastles:
Founded in 2008 by local entrepreneur Mark Ein, the Washington Kastles have won five consecutive Mylan World TeamTennis titles and six overall. In 2011 and 2012, they completed the only perfect seasons in the league's 41-year history. In 2013, Washington extended its winning streak to 34 matches, setting a new major U.S. pro sports record. The team's mission is to bring the Washington, D.C. community together, make tennis accessible to everyone in the Greater Washington area and actively support local charitable partners. To that end, the Kastles provide ticket or racquet donations to nearly 200 charitable, military and civic organizations each year and made more than $1.2 million of charitable contributions since 2008. Learn more about the team by visiting

About Mylan World TeamTennis:
2016 marks the 41st season for Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT), the groundbreaking leader in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. Last summer, Mylan WTT became only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach a 40th season milestone.

Mylan WTT has been a pioneer in the sports world with many of the league’s modernizations recognized and adopted by others in the industry. In addition to being the first professional sports league to feature men and women competing equally on a team, Mylan WTT has showcased advancements such as no-ad and cumulative scoring, on-court coaching and playing let serves.