Citi Open, 2014

Milos Raonic Wins First Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 3, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Canada is not known for tennis. Hockey, yes, but tennis, not so much. But today changed all that. For the first time in the Open Era of tennis (since 1968) the ATP put on a final that featured two Canadian players — No. 2 seed Milos Raonic and No.…

Young Has No Answers For Raonic

By DownTheTee | August 2, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — If fans could have voted the winner into the final at Citi Open today, Donald Young would have won overwhelmingly. “Go Big D. Go” “Go D!!” “Come on Donald.” Cheers went up when his opponent Milos Raonic double faulted, too, a no-no in most tennis circles.  But Raonic’s dominant serve…

It Wasn’t a Fluke … Young Into Semis at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 1, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — The boy who cried wolf comes to mind went thinking about Donald Young.  Over and over telling himself, his parents (his coaches), his sponsors that he’d change, the wins are around the corner. They’re coming. Then more disappointment, a stinky attitude on court, fans finished with their support of…

Quiet American Tennis

By DownTheTee | July 31, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Tennis can be a noisy game. Throaty or squeaky grunts, come-ons, and chinky smacks pierce the air when racquets are bounced.  Not so with Vania King and Christina McHale, two quiet American women that went about their business on Grandstand Court 2 at Citi Open this afternoon. A scattering…

Donald Young Wins in D.C. Has he Turned a Corner?

By DownTheTee | July 30, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington, D.C. — Everyone knows something about the travails of American Donald Young. He became the youngest-ever and first African American to be ranked No. 1 in the world in 2005. He was 16 years old with a contract from Nike, his career route paved with gold.   For a kid from…

American Girls

By DownTheTee | July 29, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — There’s nothing like the hard courts of America. Whether blue, green or purple they are as ubiquitous as grilled cheeseburgers, potato salad, and ice cream in summer. Here in Rock Creek Park this afternoon, four American girls went at it on a small blue court tucked in a corner of…

Tomas Berdych Sits on top at D.C.’s Citi Open

By DownTheTee | July 28, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Tomas Berdych wants to get to the top, like any other tour player. But as much as fans and media now think the big boys — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer — are vulnerable way up there in the lofty heights, Berdych, Citi Open’s No. 1 seed this week,…

Washington D.C. Is More Than Politics

By DownTheTee | July 27, 2014

By Jane Voigt Washington, D. C. — When people think Washington D.C. it probably has something to do with politics. Congress is a mess. What difference does my vote make? But the nation’s capitol extends beyond media bites scripted exclusively for 24/7 news. Come to find out, D. C. is a mecca for tennis.  This week, just a couple…