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GRAND SLAM CHAMP ANDY MURRAY AND 2014 US OPEN FINALIST KEI NISHIKORI COMMIT TO PLAY AT THE CITI OPEN® TENNIS TOURNAMENT
47th edition of the annual Washington tournament to host two top-five-ranking players on the ATP World Tour
WASHINGTON — (March 12, 2015) Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori have both committed early to play at the annual Citi Open®Tennis Tournament, to be held August 1–9, 2015 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
Murray, the British player who clinched an electrifying Wimbledon win in 2013, is currently ranked No. 4 on the ATP World Tour. Nishikori, the highest ranked player from Asia in ATP World Tour history at No. 5, reached the 2014 U.S. Open finals — the first Grand Slam final of his career.
“Andy and Kei are both dynamic athletes and we’re thrilled to have these two top five players at the Citi Open® this year,” said Jeff Newman, Tournament Director. “This tournament, the Capital Tennis Tradition, has always showcased the world’s best, and 2015 could be the best year yet.”
Courtside Box Seats and a variety of Ticket Packages will be available online at www.citiopentennis.com starting on Monday, March 16. Suites and Group Packages will also be available on Monday, March 16, by calling the hotline at 202.721.9500. Single session individual tickets will be available starting on Tuesday, May 26.
Murray most recently led the Great Britain team to victory over the United States in the first round of Davis Cup in Glasgow. He last appeared in the Washington tournament in 2006, whenhe was a finalist. He has since won two Grand Slams — Wimbledon in 2013 and the U.S. Open in 2012 — and has been a finalist in six Grand Slams, including the Australian Open in February 2015. He first reached his career-high No. 2 ranking in the ATP World Tour in 2009 and again in 2013. He also won the gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, beating Roger Federer.
Nishikori graced the cover of Time Magazine in January 2015. He bested ATP World Tour No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open semifinals to reach the finals, making him the first-ever Asian-born man to reach a Grand Slam final. So far in 2015, he has clinched his third straight Memphis Open and reached the finals of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Acapulco. He holds a total ofeight singles career titles, including two in his native Japan.
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. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links eight North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open. 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. For more information, visit the Citi Open® Tournament on the Web at www.citiopentennis.com. The Citi Open® Tournament is a Lagardere Unlimited production, and is a registered service mark of Citigroup Inc.
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.
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