Citi Open Players Dominate Grass Court Action

It’s been a great week for several Citi Open headliners with the grass court season in full swing overseas. Below is the latest on some of our top players with Wimbledon now just a week away.


AN ALL-CITI OPEN FINAL IN MALLORCA: In a potential Citi Open preview, World No.13 Belinda Bencic will meet rising American star Sofia Kenin on Sunday in the final of the Mallorca Open.

Kenin, 20, will be competing in her third WTA final this year, having earned her maiden WTA title in Hobart in January. Bencic, who beat top seed Angela Kerber in the semifinals, will also be seeking her second title of the year (Dubai).


DAVID GOFFIN IN HALLE FINAL: Former World No.7 David Goffin advanced to his first ATP final since 2017 with a straight-sets win over Matteo Berrettini in the semifinals at the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany.

Goffin, who will be making his third Citi Open appearance this summer, faces a tough challenge in Sunday’s final as he’ll face 9x Halle champion Roger Federer. Federer reached the final with a semifinal win over Pierre-Hughes Herbert of France, who will also be in Washington next month.


GILLES SIMON SEEKS FIRST TITLE OF 2019: Frenchman Gilles Simon defeated fellow Citi Open commit Daniil Medvedev in a three-set marathon Saturday in the semifinals at the Fever-Tree Championships in London. With the win, Simon advanced to his first final of 2019 where he will face 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez of Spain.


THEY SAID IT: Among the highlights last week, was an another potential Citi Open preview, in which Canadian phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals at the Fever-Tree Championships in London.

Auger-Aliassime, 18, improved to 2-0 against Tsitsipas on the ATP World Tour and 5-0 lifetime when going back to their junior days. Soon after ‘King Felix’ defeated Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-2 on Friday, the World No.6 conceded that between the two, Auger-Aliassime has the edge.

“I have to accept that he’s better than me. I might never beat him, but if I think that way, just need to wait, years maybe, for that come to come,” Tsitsipas said.

“He has the whole package to play big. I’m sure if he ever gets the difficult chance to play Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer, he’s going to beat them for sure. I will not be surprised if he gets wins over those guys… We will definitely see him in the Top-5. Maybe not this year, but next year or the year after.”


A look at the key events in the final week before Wimbledon

June 23-29             
Nature Valley International – Eastbourne, Great Britain
ATP Tour 250 Event

Kyle Edmond (Great Britain)
Pierre-Hughes Herbert (France)
Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)
Reilly Opelka (USA)
Gilles Simon (France)
Sam Querrey (USA)

June 23-29
Turkish Airlines Open – Antalya, Turkey
ATP Tour 250 Event 

Matthew Ebden (Australia)

Ugo Humbert (France)

Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia)

Denis Kudla (USA)

Adrian Mannarino (France)

Benoit Paire (France)

Andrey Rublev (Russia)

Jordan Thompson (Australia)


June 23-29

Nature Valley International – Eastbourne, Great Britain
WTA Premier Event

Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia)

Belina Bencic (Switzerland)

Margarita Gasparyan (Russia)

Camila Giorgi (Italy)

Su-Wei Hsieh (Taiwan)

Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)

Sofia Kenin (USA)

Jessica Pegula (USA)

Rebecca Peterson (Sweden)

Monica Puig (Puerto Rico)

Katerina Sinaikova (Czech Republic)

Sloane Stephens (USA)

Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine)