If you live near the District than you have already seen the preparations for the upcoming Citi Open, the tune up ATP 500 tennis tournament that takes place in Rock Creek Park every year. Since 1969 Washington, D.C. has been home to this tournament, hosting tennis players from all over the world and of all ranks to prepare for the US Open- the last Grand Slam in the tennis calendar year. This year Citi Open boasts some of the biggest players from the tennis world: Andy Murray, Eugenie Bouchard, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, and Sam Stosur just to name a few. However, phenomenal tennis aside, Citi Open is run by many volunteers from ushers to ball kids, and every year proceeds from the tournament are donated to the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF). WTEF is a foundation that aims to serve the underprivileged children of Washington, D.C. by giving them a free academic education as well as free tennis lessons. They believe to train the mind one must also train the body, and offer a variety of programs, from the Arthur Ashe Children’s Program which happens every day after school for two hours focusing on tennis, academics, and life skills, to the Center for Excellence program, an intensive year-round academic and athletic program for children in 1st through 12th grade.
Citi Open is much more than a tennis tournament. Every year they have special events happening during the week. This year there is a kick off 90’s cover band concert on August 1st, Our Heroes Appreciation Day on August 9th, and a smattering of happy hours and tennis clinics with the professional players. With such an exciting send off to summer many people forget to take care of themselves while attending the Citi Open. Below are some tips to stay safe while still having fun.
If you love tennis or are just looking for that last shindig before school starts up, the Citi Open is happening from August 1st-9th. Go support our Americans Isner, Brengle, and Querrey but remember to be safe and conscientious of your body and its needs!
Oh, and last but certainly not least, look for our very own receptionist and legal assistant, Ally Freeland, who will be serving her 7th year as a ballgirl. You’ll know it’s her because she can’t catch tennis balls. Good luck next week!
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