Citi Open 2015 in Washington (Aug 1st to 9th)

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The Citi Open, known before as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, is a US Open Series Event. The competitions during the entire event are for more than $1.8 million when it comes to player compensation on the court. This world class tennis open is recognized by the ATP World Tour being one of the top 20 tournaments across the globe. The said event continually attracts the best tennis players worldwide. It benefits a non-profit organization called as the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation or WTEF. The organization strives to improve the life in Washington, DC area through tennis, education, as well as community-based activities.

The very first player announced during this year’s event is John Isner. He has made the Citi Open a staple event every summer. Back in his ATP World Tour debut in the year 2007, he entered the competition as a Wildcard and advanced to finals. He competed against Andy Roddic. And ever since that moment, Isner has reached the quarterfinals in about 4 out of 5 appearances in the said tournament.

Tournament History

In July of the year 1969, the tournament became one of the first open professional tennis tournaments conducted in the United States. The Citi Open, as previously mentioned, was first known as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic. It has since been part of the most innovative changes when it comes to tennis, including the blue courts, instant replay/video boards, US Open Series, and many, many more. In addition, the event introduced the WTA International Level Tournament in 2012, with a prize money of $200,000.

Citi Open 2015 Event Details

  • What: Citi Open 2015 in Washington
  • When: August 1 to August 9, 2015
  • Where: Rock Creek Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW, Washinton, DC
  • The Tournament Hotline: 202-721-9500
  • Parking: Parking is very limited, especially to the tennis center itself. It is best for spectators to take the Metro to the Van Ness UDC station. Free shuttle service is provided every 10 to 12 minutes, which begins one hour before the start of the matches to one hour after the last match. Guests can also park at the Van Ness UDC metro station and ride the shuttle buses for free.

Getting to Know the WTEF

The Washington Tennis and Education Foundation is considered as a premier education and tennis organization. It serves unfortunate children, giving the best quality instruction, resources, and mentorship to build life as a whole. The mission of the organization is to keep these children off the streets of the city and allow them to engage in productive activities that instill pride and discipline. The organization also gives opportunities for children to get academic and athletic scholarships for college. But for those who are not bound for college, WTEF gives assistance in joining the work forces.

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