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Mystics 2019 schedule: Washington starts season against semi-final foes

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Mystics 2019 schedule: Washington starts season against semi-final foes

The Mystics are kicking off the 2019 WNBA season on the road against the Connecticut Sun on May 25. 

Washington will then celebrate their new home on June 1 at Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights with a face-off against the Atlanta Dream at 7:00 p.m. ET. The two last met in the 2018 WNBA Semi-Finals, where Washington barely clinched the series, 3-2. 

2019 Washington Mystics Schedule

DATE TIME   VS.   ARENA
Saturday, May 25 7:30 PM ET  

Connecticut Sun

 

Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT

Saturday, June 1 7:00 PM ET  

Atlanta Dream*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 5 7:00 PM ET  

Chicago Sky*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, June 7 7:30 PM ET  

New York Liberty

 

Westchester County Center

White Plains, NY

Sunday, June 9 3:00 PM ET  

Dallas Wings*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 11 7:00 PM ET  

Connecticut Sun

 

Mohegan Sun Arena

Uncasville, CT

Friday, June 14 7:00 PM ET  

Seattle Storm*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Tuesday, June 18 10:30 PM ET  

Los Angeles Sparks

 

Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, June 20 10:00 PM ET  

Las Vegas Aces

 

Mandalay Bay Events Center

Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, June 23 1:00 PM ET  

Atlanta Dream

 

State Farm Arena

Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, June 26 12:00 PM ET  

Chicago Sky

 

Wintrust Arena

Chicago, IL

Saturday, June 29 2:00 PM ET  

Washington Mystics

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, July 5 10:30 PM ET  

Las Vegas Aces

 

Mandalay Bay Events Center

Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, July 7 5:00 PM ET  

Los Angeles Sparks

 

Staples Center

Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, July 10 11:30 AM ET  

Phoenix Mercury

 

Capital One Arena

Washington, DC

Saturday, July 13 7:00 PM ET  

Las Angeles Aces

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, July 19 7:00 PM ET  

Indiana Fever

 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, July 21 3:00 PM ET  

Atlanta Dream*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 24 1:00 PM ET  

Minnesota Lynx

 

Target Center

Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, July 30

7:00 PM ET

 

Phoenix Mercury*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, August 2 10:00 PM ET  

Seattle Storm

 

Angel of the Winds Arena

Everett, WA

Sunday, August 4 6:00 PM ET  

Phoenix Mercury

 

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Phoenix, AZ

Thursday, August 8 7:30 PM ET  

Indiana Fever

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Sunday, August 11 3:00 PM ET  

Minnesota Lynx*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Wedneday, August 14 8:00 PM ET  

Seattle Storm

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, August 16 8:00 PM ET  

Minnesota Lynx

 

Target Center

Minneapolis, MN

Sunday, August 18 3:00 PM ET  

Indiana Fever*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Friday, August 23 8:00 PM ET  

Chicago Sky

 

Wintrust Arena

Chicago, IL

Sunday, August 25 3:00 PM ET  

New York Liberty*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Tuesday, August 27 7:00 PM ET  

Los Angeles Sparks

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Saturday, August 31 8:00 PM ET  

Dallas Wings

 

College Park Center

Arlington, TX

Tuesday, September 3 7:00 PM ET  

New York Liberty

 

Westchester County Center

White Plains, NY

Friday, September 6 7:00 PM ET  

Dallas Wings*

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

Sunday, September 8 4:00 PM ET  

Chicago Sky

 

Entertainment and Sports Arena

Washington, DC

*Will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington

 

After coming off an incredible 2018 season, the Mystics will enjoy a large amount of National TV time on ESPN and ESPN2. This will include coverage of Aug. 14's matchup against the reigning champs, Seattle Storm.

NBC Sports Washington will also be broadcasting 10 home games after June 1.

The women's longest homestead will be from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14 when the Indiana Fever (Aug. 8), Minnesota Lynx (Aug. 11) and Seattle Storm (Aug. 14) visit Washington's new facility at Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Mystics will also host a camp day game for local children’s groups on July 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Capital One Arena against the Phoenix Mercury.

Tickets for the 2019 season are live and up for sale, with a single-game ticket starting as low as $12. More ticketing information can be found on WNBA.com

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Eyes of the tennis world would turn to the Citi Open if hosted this year

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Eyes of the tennis world would turn to the Citi Open if hosted this year

With the sports world on pause due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Citi Open could signal the start of a welcomed new day if it goes on as currently still scheduled later this year. 

This week the ITF, ATP and WTA announced the suspension of all tournaments worldwide through July 13. The suspension includes the iconic Wimbledon Championships in England for the first time since World War II. Without it, players will go at minimum four months in-between competitive tournaments. 

That is where the Citi Open could have more of a mark on the tennis world than usual, assuming the suspension is not extended. The tournament in Washington D.C. would be the first combined event on the tour since play resumed. It would the second ATP 500-level event and the fifth International-level tournament for the WTA.

“It just became an incredible set of circumstances for us to have an unprecedented player field and media, global media attention on us,” managing owner of the Citi Open Mark Ein told NBC Sports Washington. “Our top priority is always going to be protecting people’s health and that is going to be the first objective, but if we can do that and have the event it will be extraordinary.”

Players across the world would be vying for a spot in the tournament to get back in action. It would one of the prime tournaments for preparation in the Rogers Cup and subsequent U.S. Open.

“The eyes of the tennis world and the sports world, more broadly, would be on Washington and the Citi Open," Ein said. "Virtually every single player is going to want to and need to play. They will have been out of competition for five months, made no prize money, got no ranking points. And I think the entire world would flock here for our event because it would be the first big event.”

Unlike Wimbledon and the other majors, the week-long Citi Open does not require as much long-term event planning. Major decisions on the event won’t have to be made until the beginning of June. Ein notes that they could even push back some of those deadlines later given the circumstances. 

Obviously, the uncertainly makes planning a large event a difficult task. The tournament organizing team though is still hard at work, operating as if the tournament will still be held. 

Players are in the same boat. Since the announcement of the suspension of the tours, players have been in contact with the Citi Open on entry into the field. Already the tournament is known for boasting an incredible field, especially on the men’s side. Last year six top-15 players entered the men’s singles event. On the women’s side, former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is a regular, while Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff have also played at Rock Creek Park. 

“Everyone is waiting a little bit longer to see,” Ein said. “But it is very clear that everyone’s going to come here if we’re on.”

But as has been clear in recent weeks, so much can change from now until July 13 and before the start of the tournament on August 1. Ein and the Citi Open, as of now, are optimistic at the opportunity that has presented themselves for the event but reaffirmed that the health and safety of the players and fans are their top priority.

The ultimate decision on whether to have the event would be in conjunction with the ATP, WTA and the city.

“We’ve talked about different ways of modifying the event to account for the extraordinary times we’re living in and we would be flexible to accommodate certain objectives if needed," Ein said. "But, it’s too early to have to think about what those options may be.”

In The Loop: LeBron James crashes TikTok party, Stefon Diggs' odd workout

In The Loop: LeBron James crashes TikTok party, Stefon Diggs' odd workout

First up, athletes all over the country continue to workout and train despite the restrictions that COVID-19 brought us all. Through it all, we’ve seen some pretty creative workouts but nothing like this. Check out Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills doing assisted push-ups? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen anything like this before. There are so many questions.

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