WASHINGTON – La Citi Open®, the premier tennis tournament in Washington since 1969 and the fifth largest tennis event in the United States, has announced that it will once again host a WTA tournament in conjunction with its current ATP event. The Citi Open tournament is one of only five combined tour events in the country, featuring competition from both the ATP and WTA. The 2022 tournament will be held from July 30 to August 7 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
Citi Open’s revived WTA 250 event will celebrate its 10th edition this summer with a stacked field, featuring 32 singles competitors, 16 doubles teams and 16 qualifiers. The inaugural tournament was staged in 2011 in College Park, MD and moved venues to Washington in 2012. Past champions include Jessica Pegula, Sloane Stephens and the doubles team of Coco Gauff and Caty McNally.
“Our community of Washington has hosted professional women’s tennis since World TeamTennis first came here in 2008 and the Citi Open tournament hosted its first WTA event in 2011,” said Mark Ein, President of Citi Open. “Our city and event attendees are avid women’s tennis fans, and tennis, uniquely among professional sports, shows both sexes on their biggest stages. Presenting a combined tournament with male and female players has always been the goal for the Citi Open. For the past two years, we have been working tirelessly to bring the Hologic WTA Tour back to our event and we are excited to announce its return to DC this summer, as well as another major professional tournament returning to the United States. “
In April 2019, MDE Sports, owned and led by Washington venture capitalist, entrepreneur and civic leader Ein, acquired the administrative rights to the Citi Open tournament of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a nonprofit that provides free. tennis and educational programs for children in underserved communities. This acquisition ensured the future of the Citi Open in the United States and specifically in Washington.
MDE Sports has sought to ensure that the WTA tournament is part of the long-term future for the Citi Open, with the goal of supporting women’s tennis, ensuring the game thrives in the United States and providing an opportunity for Washington’s large tennis fan base to enjoy. women’s tennis with a combined event.
“I’m glad the Citi Open is back on the WTA tennis calendar this summer,” said Steve Simon, WTA President and CEO. “The tournament and the Washington community have a rich history in the Hologic WTA Tour, with many of the game’s biggest names honoring the courts in previous editions in the nation’s capital. I thank the tournament organizers for their support and that the best women’s tennis players in the world have the opportunity to show off their talent. ”
The tournament team worked with Citi to ensure that women’s tennis remained a significant element of the event, as was a commitment to educating, recommending and supporting women in sports.
“Citi is committed to promoting gender equality within our walls and in the communities we serve around the world,” said Ed Skyler, Head of Global Public Affairs, Citi. “We are proud that women’s tennis is returning to the Citi Open in DC because we know that representation can transform social perceptions and profoundly influence gender equality, especially in sports.”
For more than 50 years, the Citi Open has hosted top tennis talent at Rock Creek Park. The tournament was founded to support Arthur Ashe’s vision of playing a professional tennis tournament in a fully accessible public park. The Citi Open continued to build and expand the event, with the goal of positively influencing the Washington community and creating one of the best events in the world. The WTEF, a long-time beneficiary of the Citi Open, takes advantage of the tournament each year for fundraising and has raised millions for youth programs in the Washington area.
“As the Sports Capital, we are thrilled to welcome women’s professional tennis along with the men at the Citi Open. Representation is important – and this event gives our future female tennis stars a chance to see professional athletes compete on a national stage in their own community, “said Mayor Muriel Bowser.” The Citi Open is always an exciting time in DC, bringing entertainment and jobs. We are grateful for the commitment to ensure fair access to a sport loved by so many Washingtonians. “
Planning and player engagements are underway for the 2022 Citi Open. Last year’s tournament was the most successful in the event’s history, breaking previous attendance records and selling out all sessions during the week. Full tournament packages are now on sale and can be purchased by email at email@example.com or by calling (202) 721-9500. To learn more about the tournament, ticket options, playing fields, event policies and more, visit citopentennis.com.