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The Washington Kastles, the professional tennis squad in the World TeamTennis league, will leave its courts on the Southwest Waterfront and relocate to Foggy Bottom’s newly renovated Charles E. Smith Center at GW, the team announced today. 

The team has played in a stadium on the Southwest Waterfront for three seasons, and is being forced to relocate, according to the Washington Business Journalbecause the development of The Wharf, a 3.2-million-square-foot mixed-use project, started in March.

Still, the Kastles sounded cheery about the move in its press release today:

Kastles fans can anticipate an electric atmosphere in and around the state-of-the-art Smith Center, which completed a $43 million renovation in 2011,” the release reads. “With their new facility, the Kastles will offer a wide range of new fan features, including high-definition instant replays visible throughout the arena, animated baseline scoreboards, luxurious hospitality areas and 700 additional seats.

Tickets to the team’s seven home games—-July 9 to 22—-are on sale now, and start at $8.  Martina Hingis will play in the Kastles’ home games this season and Venus Williams will play for one night on July 16. The Charles E. Smith Center’s tennis stadium, located at 600 22nd St. NW, has 3,212 seats. The team plans to close off 22nd Street NW between F and G streets NW before every home match for an outdoor fan festival.

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