The 2021 Citi Open will once again bring some of the world's best tennis stars to the nation's capital. As has become the norm in the District, another strong class of ATP stars is set to square off in late July for a tournament title. But, for the first time in a decade, the WTA will not be participating in the event.
As a part of the U.S. Open series, the Citi Open is a hard-court tournament that serves as a warm-up event for the major in Flushing Meadows, NY. It is a 500-level ATP event for the men's side, two tiers below a major. This will be the 52nd year with the event held in D.C.
During the pandemic, the managing owner of the WTA sanction decided to pull the event away from the District. Typically, the Citi Open was classified as an "International Level" Tournament by the old standards. That would be one step lower than the 500-level in the ATP and host 16 fewer players.
In the women's tournament place, the Citi Open will host a four-player exhibition.
Continuing its recent tradition of drawing top players, the 2021 Citi Open field is loaded once again. The headliner is 20-time major champion Rafael Nadal who will be making his return to the tour in D.C. It is the highest-profile player the tournament has ever hosted.
Four of the eight Wimbledon quarterfinalists highlight the men's field as well. 17 of the top 40 men's players in the world also make up the field. Past champions Kei Nishikori (2015) and Nick Kyrgios (2019) are also in the field. Two-time runner-up John Isner is one of four top-50 American males also descending into D.C. this summer.
Local talent Frances Tiafoe returns for his fifth entrance into the main field, building off back-to-back Round of 16 results.
Three of the top five American women will be participating in the women's exhibition. That includes 2019 singles champion Jessica Pegula and 2019 doubles champion Coco Gauff. The third-ranked American Jen Brady also join the pair.
Who is in the 2021 Citi Open Field?
The 2021 Citi Open will have players from only the ATP World Tour for 2021 in a competitive format. Aside from qualifying, there will be two draws: the ATP Men’s Singles and the ATP Men’s Doubles. Without the WTA event, four women will participate in an exhibition.
2021 Citi Open Men's Singles Field (48 slots):
Player, country (ATP world ranking)
- Rafael Nadal, Spain (No. 3) - Wild Card
- Denis Shapovalov, Canada (No. 10)
- Hubert Hurkacz, Poland (No. 12)
- Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada (No. 15)
- Alex de Minaur, Australia (No. 18)
- Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria (No. 21)
- Milos Raonic, Canada (No. 22)
- Jannik Sinner, Italy (No. 23)
- Aslan Karatsev, Russia (No. 24)
- Karen Khachanov, Russia (No. 25)
- Daniel Evans, Great Britain (No. 27)
- Cam Norrie, Great Britain (No. 29)
- John Isner, United States (No. 35)
- Reilly Opelka, United States (No. 36)
- Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan (No. 39)
- Taylor Fritz, United States (No. 42)
- Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Spain (No. 43)
- John Millman, Australia (No. 44)
- Sebastian Korda, United States (No. 47)
- Benoit Paire, France (No. 49)
- Lloyd Harris, South Africa (No. 51)
- Miomir Kecmanovic, Serbia (No. 52)
- Frances Tiafoe, United States (No. 54)
- Tommy Paul, United States (No. 56)
- Yoshihito Nishioka, Japan (No. 57)
- Nick Kyrgios, Australia (No. 58)
- Dominik Koepfer, Germany (No. 59)
- Vasek Pospisil, Canada (No. 62)
- Marcos Giron, United States (No. 65)
- Jaume Munar, Spain (No. 67)
- Kei Nishikori, Japan (No. 69)
- Sam Querrey, United States (No. 70)
- Soonwoo Kwon, Korea (No. 72)
- Alexei Popyrin, Australia (No. 73)
- Kevin Anderson, South Africa (No. 75) - Wild Card
- Guido Pella, Argentina (No. 76)
- Tennys Sandgren, United States (No. 82)
- Feliciano Lopez, Spain (No. 89) - Wild Card
- Denis Kudla, United States (No. 103) - Wild Card
- Brandon Nakashima, United States (No. 115) - Wild Card
2021 Citi Open Men's Doubles Field (16 teams):
2021 Citi Open Men's Draw:
2021 Citi Open Men's Singles Draw
No. 1 Rafael Nadal
Jack Sock (WC)/ Yoshihito Nishioka
Tennys Sandgren/James Duckworth
No. 14 Lloyd Harris
No. 9 Alexander Bulik
Kei Nishikori/ Sam Querrey
Marcos Giron/ Qualifier
No. 7 Cameron Norrie
No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov
Egor Gerasimov/Ilya Ivashka
Mackenzie McDonald/ Nick Kyrgios
No. 13 Benoit Paire
No. 10 Taylor Fritz
Denis Kudla/ Feliciano Lopez
Brandon Nakashima/ Alexi Popyrin
No. 6 Daniel Evans
No. 5 Jannik Sinner
Qualifier/ Vasek Pospisil
No. 12 Sebastian Korda
No. 15 Miomir Kecmanovic
Qualifier/ Ricardas Berankis
Steve Johnson/ Qualifier
No. 3 Alex de Minaur
No. 8 Riley Opelka
Tommy Paul/ Daniel Elahi Galan
Qualifier/ Jordan Thompson
No. 11 John Millman
No. 16 Frances Tiafoe
Kevin Anderson/ Jenson Brooksby
Qualifier/ Andres Seppi
No. 2 Auger-Aliassime
2021 Citi Open Women’s Exhibition (4 slots):
Player, country, (WTA world ranking)
- Jen Brady, United States (No. 15)
- Coco Gauff, United States (No. 25)
- Jessica Pegula, United States (No. 27)
- 1 slot
**All world rankings are as of the July 26 rankings update.
What is the 2021 Citi Open Schedule:
The 2021 Citi Open runs from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, Aug. 8.
Qualifying for the tournament is on July 31 and Aug. 1 from 12-6 pm
The main draws for the event begin on Monday, Aug. 2.
The women's doubles exhibition matches will be played on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 2-11:30 p.m. The singles matches will be played on Friday, Aug. 6 from 2-6 p.m.
The ATP Quarterfinals will be on Friday, Aug. 6 from 2-6 pm and 7-11:30 pm. The Semifinals will follow on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 2-6 p.m. and 6-11 p.m.
The women's singles final will be on Aug. 7 between 6-11 p.m.
The ATP singles and doubles Finals will be at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Where is the 2021 Citi Open?
The 2021 Citi Open will be held at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center: 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
How to Watch the 2021 Citi Open Tournament?
Select matches of the 2021 Citi Open will be shown on Tennis Channel. All matches though can be seen at the Rock Creek Tennis Center in Northern D.C.