First lady Michelle Obama and a host of VIPs attend Washington Kastles match

Hey isn’t that … first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha cheering on the Washington Kastles as the Kastles defeated the Springfield Lasers, 23-15 at the Smith Center on Tuesday night?

The Obamas were in pretty rarefied company. Other Washington denizens at the VIP tables included Kastles owner Mark Ein; Annette Lerner, part owner of the Nats; AOL founder Jim Kimsey; former AOL chief executive Steve Case; and former D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty (D).

(In June our colleague, sports writer Liz Clarke, spotted Fenty at the French Open in Paris with girlfriend Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Fenty’s 14-year-old twin sons, Andrew and Matthew, compete on the junior tennis circuit.)

So does this add to our theory that tennis is like NASCAR for the champagne set?

Dressed in a graphic floral print top paired with grey ankle-length pants and gold flats, the first lady, says our tipster, stayed for most of the evening and seemed to “really enjoy her popcorn.” (Who doesn’t?)

The Kastles, led by rising star Sloane Stephens, will host the World Team Tennis Eastern Conference championship against the Philadelphia Freedoms on Thursday.

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Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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Helena Andrews · July 23