The Citi Open is thrilled to announce some of the word's best players from both the ATP and WTA Tours to descend upon the District, July 27-August 4. Our initial player list includes four top 10 players and many members of the entertaining next generation of compelling tennis talent rising through the rankings and winning titles each week.
Our player field includes:
Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20-year-old Greek phenom, has been among the ATP’s most consistent players in 2019 and vaulted to a career-high No.6 ranking this week. Tsitsipas has won titles this season in Estoril and Marseille and reached the finals in Dubai and Madrid. He is the winningest player on the ATP Tour this season with a 30-11 match record and has recently impressed on the European clay court swing with the finals appearance in Madrid and a semifinal appearance in Rome.
Tsitsipas made his maiden Citi Open appearance last summer, advancing to the semifinals where he was topped by eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
Kei Nishikori is among the dozens of names displayed on the blue championship awning that surrounds center court at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Nishikori, who will be competing in Washington for the eighth time in his career, defeated John Isner in the 2015 men’s final.
The world No.7 is now up to 12 career ATP titles with his most recent triumph coming earlier this year in Brisbane.
World No.8 Kevin Anderson began 2019 in style earning his sixth career ATP title in Pune, India, in January. An elbow injury has limited Anderson to just two tournaments since, but the 6’8” South African is expected back for the grass court season next month.
Anderson will be making his eighth career appearance at the Citi Open and his first since reaching the 2017 final, where he eventually fell to Alexander Zverev. The two-time Grand Slam finalist (2017 U.S. Open; 2018 Wimbledon) reached a career-high ranking of No.5 last July.
On the women’s side, world No.7 Sloane Stephens is set to continue her run of perfect attendance at the Citi Open as she competes in the event for the ninth time in as many years. The 2017 U.S. Open champion is the only player to have participated in the Citi Open every year since it expanded to include a women’s draw in 2011. Along the way, Stephens won the first of her six career WTA titles at the 2015 Citi Open.
One of the game’s most dazzling shot makers, world No.16 Gael Monfils returns to Washington after a one-year absence. The 2016 Citi Open champion has enjoyed much success across his four prior appearances in D.C. Monfils reached the semifinals back in 2007, before advancing to the finals in 2011. In 2016, the electrifying Frenchman earned his first career ATP 500 title when he rallied from a set down, saved a championship point and beat Ivo Karlovic for the Citi Open crown.
College Park native Frances Tiafoe will look to break through the crowded field and capture his first ATP 500 title in his hometown tournament. The 21-year-old, who is currently ranked No.36, won his first ATP Tour title last year in Delray Beach and, earlier this year, reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open, where he fell to world No.2 Rafael Nadal.
Tiafoe, who made his ATP main draw debut as a wild card at the 2014 Citi Open, will be making his fourth career appearance in Rock Creek Park. At last year’s Citi Open, Tiafoe reached the third round in the singles draw and reached thesemifinals in doubles while partnering with longtime friend Denis Kudla of Arlington, Va. Before participating in the Citi Open, Tiafoe will again be competing with the Washington Kastles for the teams' first three home matches on July 15, 16 and 17.
Australian Nick Kyrgios returns to Washington for only the second time, after missing the 2018 tournament due to a hip injury. Kyrgios is back on track, lifting his fifth ATP crown in March in Acapulco earlier this year after defeating Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, John Isner and Alexander Zverev in consecutive matches. All five of Kyrgios’ titles have come on hard courts including a triumph in Atlanta in 2016. He also reached the final of the Cincinnati Masters in 2017. He will also be playing the last Kastles home match at the new Kastles Stadium at Union Market on July 27.
Rock Creek Park is also a special place for Bianca Andreescu, who earned her first two career WTA match wins at the 2017 Citi Open before falling in the quarterfinals. Back then, Andreescu was a relatively unknown 17-year-old ranked 167th in the world. Less than two years later, the Canadian has emerged as one of the WTA’s breakthrough stars in 2019.
Currently ranked No.22 in the world, Andreescu reached her first career WTA final in January in Auckland and just three months later stunned the tennis world by becoming the youngest player in over a decade to win Indian Wells, posting back-to-back, Top-10 victories for her first career WTA title.
It's also been a breakthrough campaign for fellow 18-year-old compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime, who will make his Citi Open debut this summer. Auger-Aliassime reached his first ATP Tour final at the Rio Open this past February. In March, he secured a Top-10 win over Tsitsipas at Indian Wells, then battled through the qualifying rounds to become the youngest semifinalist in tournament history at the Masters 1000 in Miami.
The 2016 U.S. Open Junior Boys’ champion is now ranked a career-high No.28 in the world and is slated to be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the French Open later this month. ‘King Felix’ is the only 18-year-old ranked inside the ATP’s Top-100.
In men's doubles, four-time Citi Open champions and the greatest doubles team of all time Bob and Mike Bryan will return to D.C. for the 15thtime as a team and for the first time since 2017. Bob Bryan was sidelined for most of 2018 with a hip injury, but the all-time winningest men's duo has returned to form with titles in Delray Beach and Miami this season.
2017 Citi Open quarterfinalist Daniil Medvedev will also be on the hunt for his first D.C. title. The 23-year-old Russian and world No.14 has already amassed 25 match wins this season. He raised his fourth ATP trophy in Sofia in February and has shown an upgraded aptitude on clay in reaching the Barcelona final and Monte Carlo semifinals, where he knocked out world No.1 Novak Djokovic.