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Sheena Pegarido, Reingold LINK
2013 CITI OPENSM ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP OF SPECIAL EVENTS
WASHINGTON—July 16, 2013—The 2013 Citi OpenSM today announced a full roster of exciting events for tennis fans and fun lovers alike. The tournament, held from July 27 to August 4 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center at Rock Creek Park, will not only feature world-class tennis, but also a variety of off-the-court action and a full lineup of special events. They include:
National Parks Community Day ? Saturday, Jul. 27 ? Gates open 9:00 a.m.
The Citi Open welcomes families and community groups to the first day of the tournament with activities and entertainment such as tennis clinics, face painters, inflatables, pet adoptions, local sports teams, KIND Healthy Snacks, Honest Tea, meet and greets with the tournament mascots, and more. The first 3,000 people to register online or by phone will receive a complimentary ticket.
Celebrating Our Heroes Presented By GEICO ? Sunday, Jul. 28 ? Gates open 9:00 a.m.
The Citi Open will recognize active duty military, veterans, first responders (police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel), and their families at this event. It will feature a color guard, coin toss by Admiral James Winnefeld, the singing of the national anthem, a complimentary tennis clinic organized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Under Armour. Active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families who register online or by phone will receive complimentary tickets for Celebrating our Heroes Day, as well as a two-for-one discount (limit four  free tickets per person) on reserved tickets for the entire week of the tournament (redeemable at the box office).
USTA Member Appreciation Day ? Monday, Jul. 29 ? Gates open 9:00 a.m.
USTA members receive a two-for-one discount on reserved tickets for the day’s session (limit four  free tickets per person). This discount can be redeemed with a membership card at the box office or on Ticketmaster using a USTA discount code provided in the July USTA Mid-Atlantic newsletter.
Corona Extra Tailgate ? Tuesday, July 30 ? Matches begin 2:00 p.m., event begins 6:00 p.m.
The 20th Annual Corona Extra Tailgate Party is open to the 21 and older crowd who loves to have a good time. Tickets to the event include unlimited Corona Extra, food and beverages, tailgate games such as cornhole and ping-pong, sports trivia, a Corona Extra photobooth, a live DJ, special player appearances, and tickets to the Tuesday matches.
Junior Team Tennis Day Presented by KIND Healthy Snacks ? Wednesday, Jul. 31 ? Clinic registration opens 12:00 p.m., matches begin 2:00 p.m.
Junior tennis teams and individuals from all over the region are invited to the Citi Open for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and play with the world’s best tennis players in a clinic hosted by Coach Wayne Bryan, father and former coach of the greatest doubles team in history, the Bryan brothers. Tickets for this event include the clinic, a tournament poster, and a seat for the Wednesday matches.
McCormick Chef Challenge ? Thursday, Aug. 1 ? Matches begin 2:00 p.m., event begins 6:00 p.m.
The Citi Open is hosting a premier cooking competition featuring Bravo's Top Chef finalist and ABC’s The Chew co-host, Carla Hall; Bravo’s Top Chef competitor and owner of Belga Café and B Too, Bart Vandaele; and defending champion and owner of Taco Bamba and Del Campo, Victor Albisu. Tickets include admission to the event with seated dinner featuring the chefs’ creations and drinks, plus a reserved seat at the Thursday matches.
"Game, Set, Lunch!" Ladies Day Presented by Celebrity Cruises ? Friday, Aug. 2 ? Registration opens 9:00 a.m., matches begin 1:00 p.m.
This inaugural event will kick off with a morning tennis clinic led by Coach Wayne Bryan, father and former coach of the world No. 1 doubles team Mike and Bob Bryan, and local United States Tennis Professional Association (USPTA) pros. After the clinic, cool off and relax over a catered lunch in the air-conditioned hospitality tent. Tickets include a reserved seat for the Friday afternoon semifinal matches.
Epic Cellars Wine Tasting Presented by Celebrity Cruises ? Friday, Aug. 2 ? Event begins 6:00 p.m., matches begin 7:00 p.m.
Learn the art of food and wine pairings, discover a new favorite, and enjoy a special tasting of the tournament's signature wine from Epic Cellars. Indulge in Celebrity Cruises’ signature onboard hors d’ouevres—chocolate-covered strawberries and mouth-watering prosciutto appetizers. Tickets include a reserved seat for the Friday evening semifinal matches.
Celebrity Cruises Box Holder Appreciation Presented by Lexus – Saturday, Aug. 3 – Event begins 5:00 p.m.
This annual event is open to week-long box seat holders and their guests to show our appreciation for their support of the tournament. This reception offers complimentary food and beverage as well as a timely discussion from notable panelists.
For ticketing information, please visit www.citiopentennis.com/specialevents, or call the tournament hotline at 202-721-9500. The 2013 Citi Open is a Lagardère Unlimited production.
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