In July of 1969, the inaugural tournament became one of the first open professional tennis tournaments held in the United States. The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has since been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis, including blue courts, instant replay/video boards in the stadium, US Open Series, Sunday Main Draw start and, starting in 2009, an ATP "500" level tournament. Continuing that theme, the Event introduced a WTA International Level tournament in 2012, offering $220,000 in prize money. This WTA tournament (which was called the Citi Open and held the week before the then-Legg Mason Tennis Classic at the Tennis Center of College Park, Md., in 2011) will be played simultaneously with the ATP World Tour 500 event at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park and collectively named the Citi Open.
Owner and Beneficiary
A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The WTEF seeks to improve the life prospects for DC area youth, particularly those from lower-income communities, through tennis, educational and community-based activities that teach discipline, build self-esteem and improve academic performance. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the WTEF, please call (202) 291-9888 or visit the WTEF website.
New tiers of tournaments were created in 2009 -- ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 -- leading to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where the ATP World Tour No. 1 player will be officially crowned. The number represents the ranking points awarded to the winner in each respective tournament.
ATP WORLD TOUR 500
The Citi Open was elevated to an ATP World Tour 500 event in 2009 and therefore is recognized by the ATP World Tour as one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world. As a member of this classification, the tournament offers $1.5 million in prize money, 500 ranking points to the winner, and additional television time both domestically and internationally. With more prize money, more ranking points and more worldwide exposure comes additional player interest and commitment requirements.
In 2012, in addition to the Grand Slams, players in the 2011 year-end Top 30 are required to compete in eight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments and a minimum of four ATP World Tour 500 tournaments.
The WTA Roadmap, introduced in 2009, designates all WTA events, aside from the season-ending TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, as either a Premier or International event. There are 58 tournaments held across six continents, with players competing for ranking points and prize money. In addition there are four Grand Slams - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open - which are make up the WTA calendar.
WTA INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
The Citi Open is classified as a WTA International Event. There are 30 International events with a minimum prize money pool of $220,000 competing for up to 280 ranking points. Champions at each International event are eligible to compete in the year-end Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria in October.
Players may enter any International-level Tournament, including players who finished the previous year ranked in the Top 10, although they are only allowed to enter two International tournaments per year. The Citi Open may also grant up to two main draw wildcards to Top 20 players.
July 26 - August 3, 2014
William H.G. FitzGerald
16th Kennedy Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
Tournament Office Address:
5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
A 7,500 seat facility which features 31 air-conditioned courtside suites. Held in beautiful Rock Creek Park, a division of the National Park Service.
Wheelchair and companion seating, wheelchair accessible ramps, parking spaces, and restrooms conveniently on-site.