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Rep. Tim Bishop, a tennis devotee, will turn pro, at least on Thursday night.
Bishop (D-Southampton) will join a half dozen other congressional members, "Meet the Press' " David Gregory, Fox News’ Brett Baier and Jonathan Karl of ABC News at charity matches with the World Team Tennis champions Washington Kastles, who have just come off a world record 34 consecutive wins, the longest of any pro team in sports history.
The celebrities will be playing with Kastles stars including former No. 1 ranked woman Martina Hingis and Murphy Jenson, once part of a top doubles team with his brother.
Bishop, who won the MVP in the congressional baseball game earlier this year and co-chairs an informal tennis caucus in the House, said it is the first time he has been part of the event.
Organizers say celebrities and Kastle members will be divided into two teams, the “Stars” and the “Stripes” for a series of round-robin doubles matches.
“I don’t know how we’re being paired up,” said Bishop, “but I want to be on Martina Hingis’ team.”