Citi Open Tennis Tournament Brings Star Athletes to Rock Creek Park

Photo Cred: Citi Open's Facebook Page

By: Aidan Kohn-Murphy

The Citi Open is one of the D.C.’s most beloved sporting events. It’s been a staple of the city since 1969, and the 50th edition of this historic tournament will take place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 28 to August 5.

During the Citi Open’s inaugural tournament in 1969, thousands of fans watched Thomaz Koch defeat Arthur Ashe in five hard-fought sets to capture the first-ever Citi Open Championship. And for the past 49 years, tennis fans in DC have been treated to world-class tennis by world-class stars. This year shouldn’t be different.

Germany’s Alexander Zverev defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson to win the Citi Open last year. Zverev and Anderson are both slated to return this year, likely as the top two seeds. Anderson is fresh off an appearance in the Wimbledon Finals, losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.

At the beginning of the 2017 tournament, Zverev and Anderson were the eighth and 45th seeds. Now, Zverev is third in the world, and Anderson is close behind at fifth. While the entire draw won’t be revealed until the July 30 draw party, let’s take a look at those who announced they’ll be competing in the tournament.

The athletes competing in the Citi Open’s 50th tournament is mind-blowing. John Isner, Kei Nishikori, and Andy Murray are the most notable stars in this massive tournament. Isner, the ninth-ranked player in the world, is a three-time Citi Open Finalist.

Nishikori, the 20th-ranked player in the world, took home the 2015 Citi Open Championship. Murray, a three-time Olympic Gold medalist, is a one-time Citi Open Finalist.  

Here are some other players who will compete in the Citi Open: Nick Kyrgios,Tomas Berdych, Stevie Johnson, Yuki Bhambri, Alexandr Dolgopolov, David Goffin, and Hyeon Chung. Most of the players listed above have a legitimate chance of advancing far in the tournament.

For more information about purchasing tickets and the tournament’s schedule, vitsit the Citi Open’s website