Citi Open, 2018

Alexander Zverev Wins Second Consecutive Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 5, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Alexander “Sascha” Zverev dominated the men’s singles final at Citi Open on Sunday, preventing any chance Alex De Minaur might have had to upset the favored German. The win marks his second consecutive title here.  “You come here, knowing you have a few points to defend but still come out here…

Murray and Soares Win First Citi Open Title

By DownTheTee | August 5, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Andy Murray withdrew from Citi Open earlier in the week, citing exhaustion. But elder brother Jamie Murray, along with doubles partner of three years, Bruno Soares, stuck it out and came out on top Sunday as they won their first Citi Open doubles title in the nation’s capital. They defeated…

Zverev Tops Tsitsipas in Semifinal at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 4, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Alexander Zverev is 21. He’s the number one seed here at Citi Open this week. His opponent, in the first semifinal of the day on Saturday, was Stefanos Tsitsipas. He’s 19. In a time of aging tennis players who keep producing prodigious results — Roger Federer will be 37 next week —…

Citi Open Semifinalists Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares Say Winning Is Most Important in Doubles

By DownTheTee | August 3, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — What matters most in the doubles partnership of Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares? “Winning,” they said, laughing. “That’s what keeps teams together. If not, you’re going to look for someone else.”  And they did win Friday at Citi Open, defeating qualifiers Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.  “I think…

John Isner Booted from Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 2, 2018

By Jane Voigt “Take shelter! Lightening in the area.” People scattered as the skies above the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center opened up yet again this week. Not one ball was hit until 6 p.m. as high winds, thunder and lightening delayed matches at Citi Open, which had originally been scheduled to kick off at…

Stephens Upset by Petkovic at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 1, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. —  Blue skies, puffy clouds and a breeze that seemed  almost tropical greeted fans on Wednesday at Citi Open. They were happy rain was not in the forecast and so were tournament officials. The change lifted spirits at the soggy site, which had been missed since Saturday when competition kicked off. …

Mike Bryan: In The Game For Life.

By DownTheTee | July 31, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — “Dad,” Mike Bryan said. “Ball please.”  The moment was surreal.   Here was the top doubles player in the world, Mike Bryan, at 40, after winning his 17th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, asking for yet one more tennis ball from his dad, Wayne Bryan, who’d introduced his twin sons — Mike and Bob — to tennis…

Citi Open Begins Right on Time

By DownTheTee | July 30, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington, D.C., — Washington D.C. is an on-time place. Miss an appointment, oh well. But it seems like that city characteristic has rubbed off on the ATP and WTA tours, as well, as a series of in-game innovations are introduced at Citi Open this week and throughout the summer hard-court season leading to the…

Big Names Should Draw Big Crowds as Citi Open Gets Underway Saturday, July 28

By DownTheTee | July 27, 2018

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Citi Open is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary, as the tournament gets underway Saturday, July 28, at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Many things have changed since 1969, including the tennis. Instead of a men’s-only tournament, it is now a combined event with both men’s and women’s competition.  This year…