The Washington Kastles ended their inaugural season in the Smith Center in style Thursday night, defeating the Philadelphia Freedoms 21-16 and capturing their fourth straight Eastern Conference championship.
Washington rallied after being down 8-7 after two matches before proceeding to take three out of the next four matches to secure the win.
But the victory gave way to another kind of celebration afterwards, as 32-year old closer Bobby Reynolds announced to Kastles fans that he would retire from professional tennis upon season's end.
"These past five years have hands down been the greatest five years of my life," Reynolds said while fighting back tears as he addressed Kastles fans. "I don't get to play very much on Center Court at Wimbledon, Australia or the US Open, but this was my Center Court."
The Kastles will face either the San Diego Aviators or Springfield Lasers in the World TeamTennis championships on Sunday.