A Gael-Force Finale

Today was the day we have all been waiting for — the Citi Open finals. Fans flocked to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center to watch the best-of-the-best face off for the championship title. The road leading up to today’s contest was long and difficult, but the phenomenal endurance, determination, and skill of these players left only the names to be written upon the wall.

Play commenced with the men’s doubles final on Stadium Court with an intense match between the Canadian-French duo Daniel Nestor and Eduoard Roger-Vasselin and the Polish-Austrian team of Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya. The second-seeded Nestor and Roger-Vasselin secured the title in two hard-fought sets, 7-6(3), 7-6(4).

Between matches, the tournament proudly welcomed remarks from DC Councilmember Brandon Todd of Ward 4. Ward 4 has supported and hosted The Capital Tennis Tradition since its inception, and the Councilmember honored this rich history in his welcome remarks to fans anticipating a thrilling singles showdown.

The men’s singles had everyone on the edges of their seats, as France’s Gael Monfils and Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic left it all on the court in three close sets. After a scintillating comeback and tiebreaker to claim the second set, tournament second seed Monfils edged out Karlovic to secure his first Citi Open title, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-4. Immediately following the match, tournament director Jeff Newman welcomed a delegation of city officials, sponsors, and supporters to Stadium Court to present the trophies to each competitor.

Newman introduced DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for congratulatory remarks and recognized DC Councilmembers Brandon Todd (Ward 4) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7); as well as Brenda Donald, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; and Events DC’s Greg O’Dell and Erik Moses. Eleni Rossides of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation presented the runner-up trophy to Karlovic before Dermot Boden, Chief Brand Officer of Citi, handed the title trophy to Monfils.

American Lauren Davis and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer closed out the Tournament with a fierce showing in the women’s singles final. Both competitors fought hard to make it to this point, but only one could walk away with the title. Wickmayer emerged victorious after two decisive sets, winning her second title after her doubles victory yesterday, 6-4, 6-2.

The Citi Open was excited to welcome our guest announcer, Madhu Valli, to the Charlie Brotman Press Box today. Ms. Valli was formerly Miss Capital Area and is an up-and-coming pop star.

It’s been an exciting week here at the Citi Open, and we would like to thank all of the sponsors, players, and fans that made it possible. We hope to see you all next year!