THREE-TIME GRAND SLAM CHAMPION ANDY MURRAY RETURNS TO CITI OPEN
Former World No. 1 commits to 50th edition of The Capital Tennis Tradition
Andy Murray, three-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 has committed to compete in the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament, July 28-August 5 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
Murray joins a highly anticipated field, which includes World No. 2 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki; World No. 9, 2017 U.S. Open champion, and 2015 Citi Open champion Sloane Stephens; World No. 8, 2017 U.S. Open finalist, and 2017 Citi Open finalist Kevin Anderson; World No. 9 and three-time Citi Open finalist John Isner; World No. 10 David Goffin; 2015 Citi Open champion and 2014 U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori; and 16-time Grand Slam champions and four-time Citi Open champions Mike and Bob Bryan.
“We are thrilled to have Andy return to D.C. as we celebrate a milestone anniversary,” said Donald Dell, Citi Open chairman and co-founder. “The level of talent in our player field shows how important the Citi Open is for players to earn significant points to remain competitive and to use this week to prepare for the upcoming hard-court Masters and US Open. The 50th edition of the Tournament will be greatly enriched by Andy’s competitiveness, and what a privilege it is for our fans to watch him in action.”
Murray holds 45 singles career titles, including two from Wimbledon (2013 and 2016) and one from the U.S. Open (2012). He is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist from the London and Rio de Janeiro games. He reached World No. 1 in 2016, held that position until August 2017, and is expected to return to the sport from injury this spring.
“Murray is a phenomenal addition to this year’s Citi Open, and we’re looking forward to the energy he will bring to the tournament’s 50th edition this summer,” said Tina Davis, Managing Director of Global Sponsorships and Marketing, Citi. “Murray, and the other world-class players who have committed to playing at this year’s tournament, will bring exciting tennis to fans and help raise awareness for the incredible work of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, an organization that Citi is proud to support through our sponsorship of the Citi Open.”
The Washington tournament has been Washington, D.C.’s premier tennis event since 1969 and benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), the tournament’s non-profit owner and beneficiary. The organization 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.
Founded by Donald Dell and John Harris, the Washington tournament celebrates its 50th edition in 2018. The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is one of only 13 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The tournament also 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. It is one of only five U.S. tournaments that include both men’s and women’s fields. Main draw matches of the tournament will be broadcast starting Monday, July 30, on Tennis Channel.
Ticket packages and all single session tickets are available now. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.citiopentennis.com. Follow the news on www.facebook.com/citiopen, @CitiOpen on Twitter, or CitiOpen on Instagram. The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is a Lagardère Sports production, and Citi Open is a registered service mark of its title sponsor Citigroup Inc.
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