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COVETED SPOT IN CITI OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING ROUNDS UP FOR GRABS

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COVETED SPOT IN CITI OPEN® TENNIS TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING ROUNDS UP FOR GRABS
Tennis players invited to compete in Citi Open Wild Card Challenge; New men’s doubles competition added to event

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2015) — All tennis players are invited to compete for a coveted spot in the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament at the Wild Card Challenge, to be held June 13–16.

The Wild Card Challenge will be held at the College Park Tennis Club, Home of the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, Md. The winners of the event, both from the men’s and women’s singles competition, will earn berths to the qualifying rounds of the Citi Open, to be held August 1 and 2, for a chance to earn a spot in the tournament’s main draws. The Citi Open’s qualifying draws will be announced on Friday, July 31.

New to the Wild Card Challenge this year is an invitation-only men’s doubles competition, which will be held during the first two days of the event. Teams from regional Division I universities have been invited. The winning team will also receive a wild card into the Citi Open men’s doubles qualifying rounds. The complete field will be announced at a later date.

Participants in all events must be at least 14 years of age by June 1, 2015, and must register online at http://bit.ly/1KZQl2F by Wednesday, June 10. The entry fee is $75 plus processing fee per player. Every player who registers will receive one complimentary ticket to the Citi Open qualifying tournaments.

“The Citi Open continues to provide opportunities for the next generation of tennis greats,” said Jeff Newman, Citi Open tournament director. “The Wild Card Challenge is a platform to showcase the best local talent that will help the DC area build a rich talent pool and eventually compete on the ATP and WTA Tours.” 

Last year’s winner in the men’s competition, Frances Tiafoe, earned the qualifying wildcard but received a wild card to play in the main draw, then took that momentum into the qualifying round of the 2014 U.S. Open. So far in 2015, the 17-year-old phenom from Hyattsville, Md., has earned the USTA’s main draw wild card to the French Open after competing in his first three ATP Challenger Tour events. The runner-up in the Wild Card Challenge, Jordi Arconada, receivedthe men’s qualifying singles wild card and won his first round match against veteran Michael Llodra; but lost a hard-fought three-set match to the No. 6 seed Alex Kuznetsov in the second round.

"The Citi Open Wild Card Challenge provides the next step for our best young players to test their competitive level in the professional circuit," said Ray Benton, CEO of JTCC. “We were thrilled with last year’s inaugural event and we look forward to showcasing this year’s talent.”

The Citi Open® Tournament is one of only 13 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. In addition, the Citi Open Tournament features a WTA International Tournament, which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. It is one of only four U.S. tournaments that include both men’s and women’s fields. The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides underserved children in the D.C.-area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment. 

Courtside Box Seats and a variety of Ticket Packages are now available online at www.citiopentennis.com. Suites and Group Packages are also available by calling the hotline at 202.721.9500. Single session individual tickets will be available starting on Tuesday, May 26.

For more information, visit www.citiopentennis.com, for follow the Citi Open on www.facebook.com/citiopen or @CitiOpen on Twitter. The Citi Open® Tournament is a Lagardère Unlimited production, and is a registered service mark of Citigroup Inc.

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About WTEF
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C.. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. We also engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We empower our students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices. WTEF builds life champions.

About Citi
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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About Junior Tennis Champions Center
Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a world-class junior developmental training program operating at the Tennis Center at College Park, MD. Selected as the first United States Tennis Association Regional Training Center, JTCC provides a pathway for players from their introduction to the game to top-tier collegiate and professional competition. The Tennis Center at College Park, which was named the 2013 USTA Facility of the Year, is a 32-court full service club located conveniently to serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area. JTCC is committed to community outreach through its after-school and summer youth programs. The most talented and motivated youth identified from JTCC’s grassroots programs are offered scholarships to attend JTCC’s training programs.