“It’s one of those years that it feels like they had this streak where everything was going their way and now it’s going against us,” said the Kastles’ Bruno Soares. “But that’s how it goes.”
Soares, a defending U.S. Open doubles champion, finished his first season with in the WTT on Saturday, completing a week with the team. The two-time Olympian from Brazil said he always wanted to play WTT but couldn’t get the logistics to work until this season — and he’s glad he did. Next time, he wants to play more matches.
“I didn’t know what to expect, so that’s why I played one week only, and I’m really happy with everything,” Soares said. “If [team owner Mark Ein] gave me the chance, I would want to come back.
“I always really enjoyed the team competition. I’m a big fan of this. Coming from Brazil, I think it’s a great experience.”
On Saturday in Foggy Bottom, with Soares’s tour partner, Jamie Murray, in attendance, Soares and Anastasia Rodionova had a rough start to the night, losing, 5-2, in mixed doubles to Ken Skupski and ex-Kastles player Andreja Klepac. Soares and Rodionova were visibly frustrated with multiple controversial calls in the fourth set. Rodionova emotionally told the chair umpire: “Charity was Thursday. It’s not charity anymore,” alluding to the Kastles Charity Classic that happened Thursday.
In women’s doubles, Rodionova and Madison Brengle brought Smith Center back to life, pushing the set to a nine-point tiebreaker and defeating Klepac and Yanina Wickmayer, 5-4.
Trailing 9-7, the Kastles had a chance to gain some lost ground in men’s doubles, with Canadian star Vasek Pospisil making his Kastles debut alongside Soares. However, the duo could not keep up with Skupski and Teymuraz Gabashvili, falling 5-1. Pospisil was not a part of the original Kastles roster to start the season. The Kastles signed him Friday and he will play with Washington for the remaining matches of the season.
In women’s singles, Brengle lost to Wickmayer, 5-2. Pospisil, a 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion, fought valiantly in the last set of the night for the Kastles but lost to Gabashvili, 5-4, in a nine-point tiebreaker in men’s singles.
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