Local Kids Pack the Grounds as Qualifying Play Finishes at the Citi Open
It was sunny, warm, and beautiful as the Citi Open wrapped up qualifying play on Sunday. Six men and four women players, as well as one men’s doubles team earned spots in the tournament’s main draw, and the tournament celebrated National Parks Kids Day, with children 14 and under receiving free admission to the grounds and a lunch voucher.
In men’s singles play, American Ryan Harrison won his bid against Germany’s Mischa Zverev after a hard fought second set, 6-3, 7-6(3), while American wildcard Eric Quigley was bested by Argentine qualifying fifth-seed Guido Pella, 6-3, 6-4, to secure his spot in the tournament’s main draw. Croatia’s Ivan Dodig was upset by Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, 7-6(2), 6-3.
Belgian An-Sophie Mestach led off women’s play yesterday, defeating Austrian Tamira Paszek, 6-2, 6-1. Qualifying third-seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus was upset by UK’s Naomi Broady, 6-3, 6-3, while in the hardest-fought match of the day, American Sanaz Marand set down Russia’s Elizaveta Kulichkova, 7-6(9), 7-6(6).
American doubles team Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe secured their spot in the Citi Open’s main draw, defeating Philippines’ Treat Huey and American Scott Lipsky 4-6, 6-3, 10-8. Krajicek and Monroe will compete against the all-Columbian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah during first-round doubles play today.
The action on the courts was rivaled only by the bustling excitement around the tournament site for National Parks Kids Day! Kids 14 and under received free access to the tournament and a lunch voucher courtesy of Guest Services, Inc., and community partners of the tournament came out in force for face painting, platform tennis, and Story Time provided by DC Public Library as part of their Sing, Talk, and Read initiative.
Tournament Director Jeff Newman and Michael Akin, President of Reingold LINK, presented the tournament’s first Community Champion Award to Councilmember David Grosso in recognition of his steadfast support of education causes for local youth. As the chairman of the education committee for the DC Council, Grosso has visited over one hundred of DC's Public Schools in all eight wards in the last six months alone to meet with students, parents, teachers, and faculty to better serve their needs. We are grateful for his support.
Kids Day concluded with the second annual Mascot Challenge, pitting Citi Open pandas Bam and Boo against area mascots from George Washington University, American University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Geico, the Baltimore Ravens, and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Emcee Joe Clair of WPGC 95.5’s Joe Clair Morning Show led the mascots through several tennis challenges and a dance contest with parents and kids alike before crowning DPR’s “Leaf” the victor.
Main draw play begins today at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Today only, US Tennis Association members receive 25% off on Reserved Seat Tickets as part of USTA Member Appreciation Day.
We hope to see you on the grounds!