Preview of the Citi Open in Washington from July 27th to August 4th, 2019
The Citi Open in Washington is an ATP 500 event that forms part of the US Open Series, a group of tournaments leading up to the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. This hard court event has been won by a host of tennis legends over the years plus some of tennis’s biggest names including Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.
The Citi Open in Washington was first held in 1969 and played on clay courts until 1986 when it moved to the current hard courts. There is a men’s and ladies event at Washington however the ladies event is much smaller in terms of prize money and world ranking points than the mens so it doesn’t tend to attract the biggest names.
The tournament has always featured some of the greatest names in men’s tennis and the winners list includes such legends as Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Stefan Edberg and Andy Roddick. The 2019 entry list lives up to this billing with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karon Khachanov, Kei Nishikori and Nick Kyrgios already entered.
Where is the tournament held?
The Washington Citi Open is held every year at the Willian HG Fitzgerald Tennis Center which is part of Rock Creek Park
What dates does the tournament run?
Saturday 27th July 2019 until Sunday 4th August 2019
What court surface is the tournament played on?
The surface is outdoor hard courts
How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?
There are a total of 48 men and there will be 8 seeded players in the Men’s singles draws
What is the prize money and how many ranking points are available?
The mens tournament is an ATP 500 which means that the winner receives 500 ATP World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:
Who is the reigning Champion?
In the 2018 Men’s Singles final, Alexander Zverev (GER) defeated Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-2, 6-4
Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?
You can buy tickets online by clicking here
How can I follow the tournament without going there?
To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here.
You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here
Alternatively you can watch the tennis live on television and full details of how to do this can be found here
Men’s singles draw for 2019:
Past Champions – Men’s Singles
Preview and prediction for 2019
Intriguingly the organisers have been trying to raise the profile of the doubles event this year with recent announcements that Andy Murray will play as well as Nick Kyrgios in the doubles.
Looking at the singles draw the big surprise is that Alexander Zverev hasn’t yet entered so it seems he won’t try and defend the title he’s won for the past two years.
This leaves young Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas as the top seed in a draw that will also feature Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Karon Khachanov.
Nome of these players is in what you’d call ‘top form’ so Tsitsipas must fancy his chances of raising the trophy here.
Nishikori is probably his biggest threat as the Japanese superstar has a fantastic record on American hard courts and has been showing some strong form so far this year culminating in a run to the quarter finals of Wimbledon.
Other notable players to watch out for are Milos Raonic, Daniil Medvedev, John Isner and of course the one and only Nick Kyrgios.
Raonic is starting to build his game after a long injury timeout, Medvedev has shown great consistency to earn a place in the world’s top 10 for the first time, Isner is coming off a win at the ‘Hall of Fame’ tournament and Kyrgios showed glimpses of his best play in losing to Nadal at Wimbledon in a close fought 4 set contest.
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