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RAONIC, DIMITROV, TOMIC, HARRISON TO COMPETE IN CITI OPENSM
Tennis’ Rising Stars To Vie For Washington Title
WASHINGTON—June 24, 2013—Four of the ATP’s most dynamic top young players will compete in Rock Creek Park this July at the Citi OpenSM, the nation’s capital tennis tradition for 45 years.
Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Bernard Tomic, and Ryan Harrison, all in their early 20s and in the top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, have committed to play in the D.C. tournament. They join a very strong field of players, including French Open semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world’s No.1 ranked doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan; 2012 Citi Open finalist Tommy Haas; top-ranked Japanese Kei Nishikori; top Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner; Gael Monfils, Lleyton Hewitt, and Kevin Anderson among many others.
Raonic, currently No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is the top-ranked Canadian singles player of all time. In 2011, he earned ATP Newcomer of the Year after jumping from No. 156 at the start of the season to No. 31 by November. This year, the 22-year-old helped his country’s team reach the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals for the first time.
Dimitrov, 22, has had a successful 2013 so far as the first Bulgarian male tennis player to reach an ATP final in singles and reach the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. Before turning pro in 2008, the current world No. 31 had a solid junior career—he won the boys’ singles titles at both the 2008 Wimbledon and the 2008 US Open.
Tomic, 20, started 2013 in a stellar fashion by capturing his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney this past January. He became the first Australian to win at Sydney since Hewitt in 2005. Highlighted by reaching a career high world No. 27, he finished 2012 as the youngest player in the Top 100 for a second straight year.
Harrison, currently ranked No. 84, started 2013 strong in January when he reached his first quarterfinal at the Apia International Sydney. The 21-year-old reached a career-high ranking of No. 43 in 2012 after reaching three semifinals. He also holds two doubles titles—one from Newport in 2011 and Atlanta in 2012.
The Citi Open will be held July 27-August 4 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. It is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In addition, the Citi Open features a WTA International Tournament which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. The tournament features 48 men’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, 32 women’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, and offers nearly $2 million in player compensation.
The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides underserved children in the D.C. area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment.
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, or by phone at 202-721-9500. Daily and single session tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
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The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. We also engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We empower our students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices. WTEF builds life champions.
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