AMERICAN Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff is coming to the Citi Open
15-year-old phenom to make her first U.S. public tennis appearance in Washington
following magical Wimbledon run
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 18, 2019) – Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old American tennis sensation who captured worldwide attention with her star-making run at Wimbledon, is poised to make her first post-Wimbledon tennis appearance in the U.S. at the Citi Open which will take place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington, D.C., from July 27-August 4.
Gauff still awaits a potential spot in the qualifying tournament of the Citi Open set to begin play on Saturday, July 27 with the hopes of winning two matches to advance to the main draw which runs from July 29-August 4. Gauff, who has signed up for qualifying, must use her pre-Wimbledon ranking of No. 313 for entry into the qualifying draw which will be finalized at 4:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 26.
Gauff is scheduled to host the Citi Open Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation on Sunday, July 28. If she does not earn a place in the qualifying tournament, she plans to practice onsite and also participate in a fan event on Saturday, July 27, and compete in a practice match on Stadium Court on Sunday, July 28.
As a 15-year-old player, Gauff is eligible to compete in up to 14 WTA or ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. After receiving three wild card entries earlier this year, Gauff is not eligible to accept any additional wild cards into WTA or ITF Pro Circuit events until her 16th birthday in March 2020 under the WTA Age Eligibility Rule.
Qualifying sessions at the Citi Open are scheduled for Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28. Admission is free for all kids age 10 and under for the Citi Open Kids’ Day powered by Net Generation on Sunday, July 28, which runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Draw action kicks off on Monday, July 29 and concludes on Sunday, August 4 with the championship finals. Tickets, starting as low as $15 for the qualifying sessions and $25 for main draw sessions, can be purchased here at www.CitiOpenTennis.com.
“Coco’s story is a perfect fit with the history and mission of our tournament and, as potentially the next great American star, she also embodies our future and our reimagination of this storied tennis event” said Mark Ein, Chairman of MDE Tennis who took over management rights for the Citi Open earlier this year. “Coco’s fairytale run at Wimbledon captured the hearts of fans worldwide and Washington DC cannot wait to host her first post-Wimbledon tennis appearance back in the United States at the Citi Open. We hope she gets into the qualifying but if not, we will provide our community and her fans a great opportunity to meet here and watch her play and practice as she prepares for the US Open.”
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be in front of American fans in our nation’s capital at the Citi Open,” said Coco Gauff. “The last few weeks have been amazing and I’m excited about coming to Washington, D.C. to connect with all the fans, especially the young kids, who have been giving me so much support this summer. Hopefully I will also have the opportunity to keep this momentum going on the court starting at the Citi Open straight through the US Open.”
Gauff, who defeated her idol and five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round, enjoyed a remarkable run at Wimbledon where she became the youngest player to reach the Round of 16 since 1991. Following her sensational Wimbledon debut, Gauff jumped 172 spots to a current world ranking of No. 141.
After her triumph over Williams, Gauff beat 2017 semifinalist and two-time Citi Open champion Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets before saving two match points in a third-round win over Polona Hercog on Centre Court. All this after Gauff won three rounds of qualifying and became the youngest woman to have qualified for Wimbledon in the Open era.
While Gauff's Wimbledon run culminated with a loss to eventual champion Simona Halep, a potentially epic tennis journey may just be beginning.
Even before gaining celebrity status at Wimbledon, Gauff has widely been regarded as a rising star with a tremendously bright future. The Florida native won the Junior French Open in 2018 and was a finalist at the Girls' U.S. Open at the age of 13 in 2017.
Citi Open returns to the US Open Series for the first time since 2014. The US Open Series is a summer hard-court swing of men’s and women’s tournaments leading up to the US Open. Other US Open Series cities include Atlanta (ATP), San José (WTA), Toronto (WTA), Montreal (ATP), Cincinnati (ATP/WTA), Winston-Salem (ATP).
The player field for the 2019 Citi Open is a remarkable collection of current champions, next-generation stars and fan favorites from both the ATP and WTA Tours, with five Top 10 players headlining the field. World No. 9 Sloane Stephens heads up a stellar women’s field that also features 2019 Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu, Americans Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin, world No. 13 Belinda Bencic, Olympic Gold medalist Monica Puig, and Canadian Genie Bouchard, a former Top 5 player.
ATP players scheduled for the 2019 tournament include world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori (No. 7), Kevin Anderson (No. 8), Russian Karen Khachanov (No. 9), top-ranked American John Isner (No. 12), 2016 Citi Open champion Gael Monfils and his fellow Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Benoit Paire, Australian fan favorite Nick Kyrgios, and next-generation standouts Australian Alex de Minaur, Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, plus hometown favorite Frances Tiafoe of Hyattsville, Md.