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Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff coming to D.C.'s Citi Open

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Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff coming to D.C.'s Citi Open

Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old tennis sensation that stole hearts around the world at Wimbledon, will make an appearance and play at the 2019 Citi Open in Washington D.C. 

She was granted a spot in the Citi Open's qualifying draw on Friday. There she will have the opportunity to win her way into the event’s main draw.

Gauff's acceptance into the qualifying field was not promised. She did not earn direct entry into the main draw or the qualifying draw due to her No. 313 ranking that she held prior to Wimbledon when the Citi Open’s original field was announced. To make it into the main draw against top-100 players, the young American must win two matches in the qualifying tournament on July 27 and 28. 

Gauff was ineligible to receive one of the Citi Open’s wild cards into the main WTA draw as she has already used her maximum allotment of three as a 15-year-old. With her making the qualifying field, this will be only her third WTA event of 2019.

Whether she was selected for qualifying or not, Gauff will host the Citi Open Kids’ Day on Sunday, July 28.

“Coco’s story is a perfect fit with the history and mission of our tournament and, as potentially the next great American star, she also embodies our future and our re-imagination of this storied tennis event,” said Mark Ein, who owns management rights for the Citi Open, in a press release.  “Coco’s fairytale run at Wimbledon captured the hearts of fans worldwide and Washington D.C. cannot wait to host her first post-Wimbledon tennis appearance back in the United States at the Citi Open.  We hope she gets into the qualifying but if not, we will provide our community and her fans a great opportunity to meet her and watch her play and practice as she prepares for the US Open.”

At Wimbledon, Gauff rolled through the qualifying tournament and then upset seven-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams in the First Round. She continued her magical run to the Round of 16 where she would fall to eventual champion Simona Halep. 

Her world rankings have catapulted her to No. 141 in the world and put her in position to qualify for the U.S. Open over the next month. This will be her first action on the court since playing on the lawns in London. A run in Washington D.C. could help push the young American even closer to a main draw spot in New York. 

The Citi Open will be held from July 27 to August 4 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The main ATP and WTA draws will begin play on Monday, July 29.

This story has been updated to reflect Coco Gauff's entrance into the qualifying tournament. 

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Beyond the Scoreboard: HBO teaming up with Belichick and Saban

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Beyond the Scoreboard: HBO teaming up with Belichick and Saban

By Rick Horrow

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  • From an agency perspective, the NFL is moving in the right direction. Rick recently sat down with Arnold Wright, Executive Vice President and co-head of consulting for Octagon. Wright brings NFL team, league, and player deals to life for sponsors including Castrol, Delta, Bank of America, and others. “The league is obviously an incredible platform that leaps up year to year in terms of ratings and engagement,” Wright said. “The on field action is also as good as it’s ever been.” From a global perspective, Wright says, “The international piece in particular has been great for the league. You continue to see key markets like the UK, Mexico, and even Brazil growing internationally. It’s bringing other brands into the NFL ecosystem from a partner and promotional perspective.” As for the NFL’s 100th season platform, Wright says, “The league has done a lot of really great work in terms of positioning themselves, celebrating the history of the league from a player and a fan perspective. They have demonstrated a real savviness around their marketing and their connectivity to fans. The league several years ago probably would not have demonstrated that level of flexibility in terms of their marketing and what you could do with their platforms. But that’s certainly changed.”
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Michael Phelps and wife Nicole welcome third son, Maverick

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Michael Phelps and wife Nicole welcome third son, Maverick

Michael Phelps and his wife Nicole, former Miss California 2010, have welcomed the arrival of their third son.

Maverick Nicolas was born on September 9, 2019. Maverick follows Boomer Robert, 3, and Beckett Richard, 18 months old.

The parents also shared a sweet photo from Boomer's Instagram account from their hospital photo session. 

 

Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer of all time and most decorated Olympian of all time, is from Baltimore, Maryland and boasts 28 total medals, 23 of which are gold.

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