My Season With the Washington Kastles – Part 4: Arina Rodionova

Part four of my photo feature season with the Kastles is the reigning 2011 WTT ROTY, MVP of the finals and everyone’s favorite Russian, Hot Rod!

No, not this Hot Rod 

This one!

Her introduction to the Kastles nation on opening day.

Arina, more affectionately known to the Kastles nation as ‘Hot Rod’ was a fan favorite every time she stepped out on the court, her popularity rivaling even the Great 8, Alex Ovechkin.  I have no facts to back that up but I’m sure it’s true.  Arina, as mentioned, played her first season in World Team Tennis and, with a stunning women’s singles and women’s doubles record brought home the hardware as she became the WTT ROTY.   With the first pick in the 2012 draft the Kastles brought Arina back to DC where she will be joined with her older sister, Anastasia.

One of my favorite Arina pics.

I'm not sure what's going on here, us metal fans don't understand anything but the horns!

Air Rodionova

Little did I know when taking this that I was looking at 3/4 of the 2012 Washington Kastles

The dynamic duo wins again!


Somebody just served an Ace and won the crowd $1 beers.

Her Jedi pose

Saying hi to some fans down in SC who stuck around till the wee hours of the night.

This happens a lot during the season...

ROTY, WTT Champion and WTT Final MVP. What?!

And finally, a video from the WTT finals with another thrilling point win for Arina.

Hope to see you this year, Arina!