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CITI OPEN QUALIFYING FIELDS

KOKKINAKIS, CHIRICO HEADLINE CITI OPEN® TENNIS TOURNAMENT QUALIFYING FIELDS

Americans and Japanese players lead early rosters; Matches begin July 16 at 10 a.m.

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2016) — The Citi Open® Tennis Tournament announces its exciting fields of players competing in the qualifying rounds for a coveted spot in the main draw. Qualifying rounds will be held July 16-17 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. 

For a list of qualifying players, go to www.citiopentennis.com, under the Players tab. Players are subject to change due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Tickets start at just $10 – a deal for the whole family.

"Year after year, qualifying rounds showcase some of the most thrilling and competitive matches," said Jeff Newman, tournament director. “We have some really talented and hungry young and veteran players looking to earn a spot in the main draw and make a name for themselves on tour.”

Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 69 in 2015, will receive a wild card into the qualifying rounds. Another wild card confirmed for the early rounds is American Ulises Blanch. He joins other young players identified as ATP’s Next Gen in the early rounds — American Jared Donaldson and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka. The men’s field includes seven Americans and three Japanese players, including current top seed Yuichi Sugita.

American Louisa Chirico, who reached the quarterfinals at last year’s Citi Open and the semifinals in Madrid, is the current top seed in the women’s field. Another promising American player, Samantha Crawford, will also compete as she nears the top 100 in the WTA Tour. Four Americans and three Japanese players are included in this year’s field.

For more information and to see the main draw field, visit www.citiopentennis.com