Promising Citi Open Begins on a Rainy Saturday

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Nick Kyrgios (Australia) has been called the most talented player since Roger Federer. Photographed on Saturday at the Citi Open. (photo by Jeff Malet)

The Citi Open got started under stormy skies for Saturday’s first round qualifying matches. It was a miracle that up to half of the men’s scheduled matches got in that day, though the women’s qualifiers had to be postponed. Fortunately, all of the matches were made up under clear skies on Sunday, and the tournament is now on schedule for what promises to provide some of the best Washington tennis in years.  The Men’s side will feature four top world’s top 10 players, six in the top 15, and 14 in the top 32. On the women’s side, World No.2 Simona Halep accepted a wild card and will lead the WTA field with World No.12 Kristina Mladenovic.

The Citi Open will be held through Aug. 6 at Rock Creek Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets NW. A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. The tournament in Rock Creek Park will feature continuous action on five courts.

*View Jeff Malet’s photos from Saturday’s first round qualifying matches by clicking on the photo icons below.*

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