As the Citi Open begins a new chapter of its 50-year history, the tournament announced another star-studded crop of players to headline the field at Rock Creek Park in 2019.
The field includes a former women's U.S. Open champion, three of the top 10 men currently in the world, local tennis sensation Frances Tiafoe, and some of the top rising talents in the world.
The initial list of committed participants includes the following:
MEN'S SINGLES (ATP rankings as of May 20):
Stefanos Tsitispas, Greece (No. 6)
Kei Nishikori, Japan (No. 7) - 2015 Citi Open Champion
Kevin Anderson, South Africa (No. 8)
Daniil Medvedev, Russia (No. 14)
Gael Monfils, France (No. 16) - 2016 Citi Open Champion
Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada (No. 28)
Frances Tiafoe, USA (No. 35)
Nick Kyrgios, Australia (No. 36)
WOMEN'S SINGLES (WTA rankings as of May 20):
Sloane Stephens, USA (No. 7) - 2017 U.S. Open Champion, 2015 Citi Open Champion
Bianca Andreescu, Canada (No. 22)
Mike and Bob Bryan (doubles) - 16 Grand Slam titles, 4x Citi Open Championship Duo
A big omission from the list is the two-time defending Citi Open champion, Alexander Zverev, who is currently No. 5 in the world, as well as current world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. Both were headliners in the 2018 field. However, the event is still two months away with plenty of time for players to decide on their hard court season plans.
Earlier this year Mark Ein, owner of the team tennis Washington Kastles, took over management of the tournament from the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation. Giving Ein management rights, he kept the tournament from moving outside of the nation's capital after a six-figure financial loss left a black eye on last year's event.
A strong initial field of championship-level players bodes well for the immediate future of the Citi Open. Held from July 27 through August 4, it is one of the tune-up tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open.
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