When they are not competing for Grand Slam tennis titles, American stars Venus and Serena Williams spend a lot of time giving back to the game, conducting free clinics for young children. That is a regular part of match days in World Team Tennis. Venus and Serena say it gave them a good feeling when she sees the high interest level, especially among minorities.
It's great to see young people playing in general, but also seeing young African-Americans playing tennis is fantastic, too. But I think my main focus is just young people playing and mostly doing positive things with their lives. You know it's really cool. You come out and you help the kids or you watch them play, and you never know what one kid or two kids, or however many kids, you can ultimately influence.
World Team Tennis officials say they hope these clinics can spur continued growth of the sport. Another William sister lives in Washington, and Serena said playing for the Kastles here in the nation's capital is a bonus.
I love playing for the Kastles, and I love playing for the city, and I love the city. And it's so beautiful, and now we're right on the water. So it's just amazing playing in an amazing stadium and it's great.
The Kastles home court is right on the Potomac River. And it has been filled to capacity for all of their games this season. At one match, even first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters came out to cheer the home team. World Team Tennis features men and women, and has its own scoring rules and regulations. Venus likes that aspect of the league.
Every game counts, so even if you don't win your match, if you get some games for your team, ultimately that can lead to a win for everyone. So everyone has to contribute an equal part, and that's what really makes it unique.
Serena say she enjoys being her older sister's teammate.
She doesn't necessarily give me advice. We just go out and do our best and try to play well for the Kastles. We're both really excited to be playing for the same team.
The Kastles also features doubles specialist Leander Paes of India. He has helped Washington become the first team to clinch a playoff spot.