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DPR Kicks Off a Month of Terrific Tennis Events

Friday, July 7, 2017
DPR, SETLC, USTA, RWLC, Citi Open and Washington Kastles partner to hold citywide tennis celebration

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DPR Media Contacts: John Stokes (202) 288-7275, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) in conjunction with the Washington Kastles, the US Tennis Association, Mid-Atlantic (USTA) and the Citi Open will host the City Wide Tennis Celebration on July 8th from 11am – 4pm at the SETLC, located at 701 Mississippi Avenue, Washington, DC 20032.

This will be a day of tennis for all ages, abilities and experience levels. There will be beginner, intermediate, advanced, senior and wheel chair tennis. There will also be face painting, music, food, top tennis vendors, event ticket giveaways and more, all for free!

DPR Director Keith A. Anderson states, “DPR takes tennis very seriously. We are proud to partner with USTA, Citi Open, RWLC and the Washington Kastles on this phenomenal event. Whether you are tennis professional, a beginner or wish to watch a great day of tennis, the Citywide Tennis Celebration will appeal to all ages.”

“Tennis has a rich history within the DC community and we couldn’t be more proud to celebrate the sport with DPR and others that support the growth of the game,” says Tara Fitzpatrick-Navarro chief executive officer of USTA Mid-Atlantic. “Summer is synonymous with tennis thanks to exciting professional level events, local tournaments and fun play opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic for all ages. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the best of the game and give tennis a try, so come to the tennis celebration and see why this is the sport of a lifetime!”

About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities


SETLC is DPR’s flagship tennis facility. It is a world-class, state-of-the art tennis facility located in Ward 8. The SETLC serves over 160 District youth daily by providing tennis instruction, tutoring, life skills, developmental chess, and educational and personal reinforcement to the District’s youth.

About RWLC

Founded in 1995 by former First Lady of DC, Cora Masters Barry, Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) is a non-profit working to improve the quality of recreational opportunities for underserved youths in the District. They have renovated and refurbished ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and provided computer labs all across the City—from the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Ward 8 to the Chevy Chase Recreation Center in Ward 3. RWLC’s flagship project, started in 2001, is the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, a state-of-the-art tennis and learning facility that features a library, five classrooms, computer lab, fitness center and a community meeting room, all serving tens of thousands of local children over the past twelve years.

About USTA

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the U.S.

  • Community Tennis
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Officiating
  • Player Development

About Washington Kastles

With the intimate stadium, music between points, cheerleaders, and mascots both tall and round, the Washington Kastles offer a high-energy experience unlike any tennis tournament in the world. In nine short seasons, the Kastles have quickly rewritten the record books of Mylan World Team Tennis.

The incomparable Serena Williams represented the Kastles in their Downtown D.C. debut on July 8, 2008, and the Kastles have taken the Washington sports scene by storm ever since. Playing with home court advantage in the 2009 WTT Finals, the Kastles saved three championship points to capture the King Trophy. They topped that in 2011 by winning all 16 of their matches, including the WTT Finals, to become the first team in the 40-year history of the league to complete a perfect season.

The Washington Kastles season is from July 16, 2017- August 2, 2017

About Citi Open

In July of 1969, the inaugural tournament became one of the first open professional tennis tournaments held in the United States. The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has since been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis, including blue courts, instant replay/video boards in the stadium, US Open Series, Sunday Main Draw start and, starting in 2009, an ATP "500" level tournament. Continuing that theme, the event introduced a WTA International Level tournament in 2012.

The Citi Open will be held from July 29, 2017 – August 6, 2017