Day 9 Recap Story

Nishikori, Bryan Brothers, Stephens, and Bencic/Mladenovic Win Titles at the 47th Annual Citi Open

Eager crowds lined up for the opening of the gates at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center for Sunday’s matches. Under a beautiful August sky, the men’s doubles, men’s singles, and women’s singles finals were placed before a sold-out crowd. Also, in a tournament first, wall-to-wall TV coverage provided by the Tennis Channel was expanded even further through a live broadcast of the men’s finals on local ABC affiliate WJLA Channel 7.

In men’s singles, second seed Kei Nishikori defeated eighth seed and top American John Isner. In one hour and 54 minutes of play, Nishikori and Isner played a hard-fought match, with Nishikori winning in split sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

In 55 minutes of play, the first seed American Bryan Brothers – Bob and Mike – triumphed over second seed duo Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, 6-4, 6-2. This is the first time the Bryan Brothers have won the tournament in Washington since their sweep of the title in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

In the championship women’s singles match, American Sloane Stephens – in her first-ever WTA final – defeated Russian second seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a 63-minute match, 6-1, 6-2.

In the Saturday final for women’s doubles, the title was won by fourth seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Kristina Mladenovic of France.

We were honored to have DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, DC Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, and DC Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander at the tournament today to welcome our players, fans and viewers from around the world.

It was a spectacular day of tennis to end an exciting tournament. See you at next year’s Citi Open, July 16-24, 2016!