2017 Tournament Director Update



Keely O’Brien Elevated to Tournament Director


WASHINGTON (Jan. 12, 2017) — Jeff Newman, Lagardère Sports Senior Vice President of Events and long-time Citi Open Tournament Director announced today that he will be leaving his role at the end of February to pursue new opportunities. He will remain as a consultant to the tournament through the 2017 event to ensure a smooth transition for the next Director.

Keely O’Brien, Lagardère Sports Vice President of Events and Citi Open Tournament Manager since 2010, has been named the new Tournament Director by Tournament Chairman and Founder, Donald Dell.

 “My sincere thanks to Jeff for his tireless efforts, loyalty and unwavering dedication to the success of the tournament,” said Dell. “I’ve been in the sports business for more than 45 years and Jeff is one of the best employees I have ever had, and a great friend.”

 Newman started with the tournament in 1995 as a Tournament Associate and quickly ascended to Tournament Director in 2000, then the youngest to assume the position on the ATP World Tour. During his tenure, the event has grown into one of the ATP World Tour’s elite 500-level tournaments and only one of four combined ATP/WTA events in the U.S.

 “It has been an incredible honor to be part of the rich history, growth and success of the Capital Tennis Tradition for the last 22 years,” Newman said. “I want to thank Donald Dell, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (tournament owner and beneficiary), and Lagardère Sports for such an amazing opportunity and experience.”

 O’Brien started with the Tournament in 2004, before becoming an Event Coordinator in 2005 working on marketing, advertising and tournament production. She then moved into Partnership Marketing, where she spent several years managing the tournament’s relationships with its valued corporate partners, before assuming the role of Tournament Manager where she has overseen all day-to-day operations and logistics. 

 “Keely has been an integral part of our team for over a decade and it has been great to watch her evolve in that time,” added Dell. “It is a great accomplishment to watch someone work their way from an intern to the Tournament Director and I’m certain the Citi Open could not be in better hands.” “I am truly grateful for Donald’s support and for Jeff’s leadership and personal investment in me over the years,” O’Brien said. “Jeff has helped to build this Tournament into the global event it is today, and I look forward to building on that success with our incredible team to ensure the Citi Open continues to reach new heights."

 O’Brien will take on the position as the tournament heads into its 49th year. The 2017 tournament will be held July 29 to August 6 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.