Citi Open, 2019

Pegula Wins First Title at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 4, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Jessica Pegula was steady, contained and methodical in winning her first WTA title at Citi Open tennis Sunday. It didn’t take her long, either. The Floridian crushed an erratic Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2, in an hour.  “It’s been extremely gratifying,” Pegula began. “This is what you work for. It’s sounds cliche but the journey makes…

Teens Ousted as “Elders” Pegula and Giorgi Advance to Finals at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 3, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Jessica Pegula and Camila Giorgi advanced to the women’s singles final at Citi Open on Saturday where they’ll meet in their inaugural bid for this WTA title. “It doesn’t really matter who I play tomorrow,” Pegula told the press. “I’ve played both of them before. I haven’t played Camilla in a long time…

Women’s Singles Preview, Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 3, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Before one tennis ball was hit at the 2019 Citi Open tournament officials and fans had high hopes that top-seeded Sloane Stephens would meet her friend and second-seeded Madison Keys, the two finalists at the 2017 U.S. Open, in the women’s singles final scheduled for Sunday, August 4.  Not a chance.  Both lost…

The Case for Doubles

By DownTheTee | August 2, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Citi Open took a risk opening night. It featured men’s doubles. In years past that slot was filled with big name ATP singles’ players.  So if you’re a doubles’ fan, and most people in the U.S. are, you can thank Mark Ein for the changeup. When the DC venture capitalist bought…

Dramatic Tsitsipas and Paire Will Meet in Friday Quartefinal at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 2, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Earlier in the week, top-seeded Stefano Tsitsipas admitted he would like to act someday. He admires Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper and the voice of Morgan Freeman. Who can blame him? Great actors. Oscar winners and, if not, Oscar worthy. The dream fits with his penchant to record his life…

Tsonga Bounced By Edmund Citi Open

By DownTheTee | August 1, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has had a rough time of it this year and, honestly, throughout his entire career mainly due to injuries.  In the first three Grand Slams his draws pitted him against big-named players like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori in early rounds. These fateful meetings were a direct result…

Talented Teens Crash Citi Open

By DownTheTee | July 31, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — John Isner’s been coming to Citi Open for 12 years. He’s now 34, married and has a 11-month old daughter. The year he arrived as a wildcard fresh out of University of Georgia, he blew up this tournament making a run to the finals where he lost to Andy Roddick. Today,…

Stephens and Coco Out at Citi Open

By DownTheTee | July 30, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — Tennis players are fit. But Washington summers can undermine the best. Sloane Stephens felt the heat Tuesday, as she lost in her opening round to 70th-ranked Rebecca Peterson while Cori “Coco” Gauff just couldn’t get past the steady tennis thrown at her by Zarina Diyas.  “I thought I could’ve done better,” Stevens said later.…

Men’s Top Seeds Open Up. Madison Keys Impressed with Coco

By DownTheTee | July 29, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington — When Stefanos Tsitsipas arrived at Citi Open last year he had just cracked the top 32, after a meteoric rise from the Challenger Tour to the the ATP Tour. He was seeded number ten and lost in the semifinals to eventual champion, Alexander Zverev. The Greek 20-year-old is Citi’s top seed this…

Coco Mania

By DownTheTee | July 29, 2019

By Jane Voigt Washington D.C. — Andy Murray, former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion, will play at Citi Open this week. The Greek 20-year-old, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who barely got a seed last year when he made his inaugural debut, is the top seed this year. Sloane Stephens, the 2015 Citi Open champion…