Full Women's Player Field
The Citi Open features a WTA International Level event led by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will showcase rising American stars, Sloane Stephens, Melanie Oudin and Vania King.
For the first time in the event’s history, the Citi Open has expanded the field to include a WTA tournament. The event’s first women’s field is led by 20-year-old Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a former World No. 13 and multiple junior Grand Slam champion; and features teen American sensation Sloane Stephens, who is currently ranked a career high 57th in the world. Stephens first gained notoriety in 2010 with a run into the third round of the US Open and is coming off an impressive fourth round finish at this year’s French Open, and a second round finish at the Australian Open. At just 19 years old, Stephens is the youngest woman ranked in the WTA top 100. The field also includes former World No. 5 and US Open Semifinalist Anna Chakvetadze; 2010 US Open and Wimbledon Double’s Champion and American Vania King.
"2012 marks a very special year for the tournament." said Donald Dell, Group President of Lagardère Unlimited and Tournament Chairman. "We have a new title sponsor in Citi and an incredibly competitive player field on the men’s side that includes top players from around the world. But moreover, are also introducing a WTA event to the tournament for the first time in our 43-year history, offering fans the ultimate tennis experience."
Both entry lists represent players from more than 20 different countries and boast strong player fields with a rankings cut-off of 84 for the men and top 100 for the women. The player field can be viewed here.
The tournament announced the new additions of Citi as title sponsor and the inclusion of the WTA event in April of this year. The 2012 Citi Open ATP World Tour 500 Level men’s event is recognized as one of the top 20 ATP events in the world offering nearly $1.5M in prize money. The WTA tournament, which was historically held the week before the then Legg Mason Tennis Classic, will now be played simultaneously with the men’s event in Rock Creek Park and offers $220,000 in prize money. The tournaments are collectively named the Citi Open.