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The Washington Open (known as the Citi Open for sponsorship reasons) is an annual hard court tennis tournament played at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. The Washington Open is part of the ATP World Tour 500 and WTA International circuits.

Washington Open
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Tournament information
TourATP World Tour
WTA Tour
Founded1969; 50 years ago (1969)
LocationWashington, D.C., United States
VenueWilliam H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center
CategoryATP World Tour 500
WTA International
SurfaceHard (Outdoor)
SportMaster Sport Surfaces
Draw48S/24Q/16D (men) 32S/16Q/16D (women)
Prize moneyUS$2,046,340(2019)(men)
US$250,000(2019)(women)
Websitecitiopentennis.com
Current champions (2019)
Men's singlesAustralia Nick Kyrgios
Women's singlesUnited States Jessica Pegula
Men's doublesSouth Africa Raven Klaasen
New Zealand Michael Venus
Women's doublesUnited States Caty McNally
United States Cori Gauff

It is part of the US Open Series, a series of North American events leading into the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, the US Open. After the 2014 edition, the Washington Open dropped out of the US Open Series, showing frustration over US Open Series broadcaster ESPN intending to provide little coverage of the tournament on television. As of 2019, the Washington Open has rejoined the series.

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HistoryEdit

The tournament was first held on the men's tour in 1969, known as the Washington Star International between 1969 and 1981, as the Sovran Bank Classic from 1982 to 1992, as the Newsweek Tennis Classic in 1993, and as the Legg Mason Tennis Classic from 1994 to 2011. Competition was held on outdoor clay courts until 1986, when it switched to the current hard courts. Throughout its existence, the tournament has been closely associated with Donald Dell, founder of ProServ International, who was instrumental in its creation, as well as John A. Harris, founder of Potomac Ventures Investments. The location of the event in Washington, D.C. was chosen at the urging of Arthur Ashe, an early supporter.

The women's event was first held in 2011 in College Park, Maryland as the Citi Open, and for the 2012 season, the ATP and WTA decided to merge their Maryland and Washington spots into a joint tournament, with the women's event moving to the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, and Citi taking over Legg Mason as title sponsor of the joint event.[1]

In 2015, the Washington Open dropped out of the US Open Series. Due to its ownership of rights to the US Open beginning that year, ESPN began holding exclusive domestic broadcast rights to all US Open Series events . However, the network only promised that a minimum of four hours of coverage would be aired on ESPN2 (in 2014, coverage was split between ESPN and Tennis Channel),[2] relegating the remainder to ESPN3 online streaming. Donald Dell criticized ESPN for using ESPN3 to acquire sports rights without any intent to broadcast them on television, stating "If you're running a tournament, and it's two million dollars, and sponsorship money in the six million to eight million dollar range, you've got sponsors that don't want to be having only four or six hours on television." As a result, the Citi Open withdrew from the US Open Series so it could establish a new broadcast rights agreement with Tennis Channel. The four-year, $2.1 million deal included 171 hours of television coverage spanning the entire tournament, and funding for additional amenities (including a second televised court).[3][4]

In 2019, the tournament was acquired by businessman Mark Ein, and returned to the US Open Series. Tennis Channel reached a five-year extension of its media rights.[5]

Past finalsEdit

In the men's singles, Andre Agassi (1990–91, 1995, 1998–99) holds the records for most titles (five) and most finals overall (six, runner-up in 2000). He also shares with Michael Chang (1996–97), Juan Martín del Potro (2008–09) and Alexander Zverev (2017–18) the record for most consecutive titles, with two. In the women's singles, Magdaléna Rybáriková (2012–13) holds the record for most titles (two) and co-holds the record for most finals (two) with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (runner-up in 2012, 2015). In the men's doubles, Marty Riessen (1971–72, 1974, 1979) and the Bryan brothers (2005–07, 2015) hold the record for most titles (four), with the Bryans also holding the record for most consecutive titles (three). The Bryans co-hold the record for most finals (six, runners-up in 2001–02) with Raúl Ramírez (winner in 1976, 1981–82, runner-up in 1975, 1978–79). In the women's doubles, Shuko Aoyama (2012–14) holds alone the record for most titles, most consecutive titles and most finals (three).

Men's singlesEdit

 
Inside the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, which is home to the Citi Open.
Year Champions Runners-up Score
1969   Thomaz Koch   Arthur Ashe 7–5, 9–7, 4–6, 2–6, 6–4
1970   Cliff Richey   Arthur Ashe 7–5, 6–1, 6–2
1971   Ken Rosewall   Marty Riessen 6–2, 7–5, 6–1
1972   Tony Roche   Marty Riessen 3–6, 7–6, 6–4
1973   Arthur Ashe   Tom Okker 6–4, 6–2
1974   Harold Solomon   Guillermo Vilas 1–6, 6–3, 6–4
1975   Guillermo Vilas   Harold Solomon 6–1, 6–3
1976   Jimmy Connors   Raúl Ramírez 6–2, 6–4
1977   Guillermo Vilas (2)   Brian Gottfried 6–4, 7–5
1978   Jimmy Connors (2)   Eddie Dibbs 7–5, 7–5
1979   Guillermo Vilas (3)   Víctor Pecci, Sr. 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–3)
1980   Brian Gottfried   José Luis Clerc 7–5, 4–6, 6–4
1981   José Luis Clerc   Guillermo Vilas 7–5, 6–2
1982   Ivan Lendl   Jimmy Arias 6–3, 6–3
1983   José Luis Clerc (2)   Jimmy Arias 6–3, 3–6, 6–0
1984   Andrés Gómez   Aaron Krickstein 6–2, 6–2
1985   Yannick Noah   Martín Jaite 6–4, 6–3
1986   Karel Nováček   Thierry Tulasne 6–1, 7–6(7–4)
1987   Ivan Lendl (2)   Brad Gilbert 6–1, 6–0
1988   Jimmy Connors (3)   Andrés Gómez 6–1, 6–4
1989   Tim Mayotte   Brad Gilbert 3–6, 6–4, 7–5
1990   Andre Agassi   Jim Grabb 6–1, 6–4
1991   Andre Agassi (2)   Petr Korda 6–3, 6–4
1992   Petr Korda   Henrik Holm 6–4, 6–4
1993   Amos Mansdorf   Todd Martin 7–6(7–3), 7–5
1994   Stefan Edberg   Jason Stoltenberg 6–4, 6–2
1995   Andre Agassi (3)   Stefan Edberg 6–4, 2–6, 7–5
1996   Michael Chang   Wayne Ferreira 6–2, 6–4
1997   Michael Chang (2)   Petr Korda 5–7, 6–2, 6–1
1998   Andre Agassi (4)   Scott Draper 6–2, 6–0
1999   Andre Agassi (5)   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7–6(7–3), 6–1
2000   Àlex Corretja   Andre Agassi 6–2, 6–3
2001   Andy Roddick   Sjeng Schalken 6–2, 6–3
2002   James Blake   Paradorn Srichaphan 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2003   Tim Henman   Fernando González 6–3, 6–4
2004   Lleyton Hewitt   Gilles Müller 6–3, 6–4
2005   Andy Roddick (2)   James Blake 7–5, 6–3
2006   Arnaud Clément   Andy Murray 7–6(7–3), 6–2
2007   Andy Roddick (3)   John Isner 6–4, 7–6(7–4)
2008   Juan Martín del Potro   Viktor Troicki 6–3, 6–3
2009   Juan Martín del Potro (2)   Andy Roddick 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(8–6)
2010   David Nalbandian   Marcos Baghdatis 6–2, 7–6(7–4)
2011   Radek Štěpánek   Gaël Monfils 6–4, 6–4
2012   Alexandr Dolgopolov   Tommy Haas 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–1
2013   Juan Martín del Potro (3)   John Isner 3–6, 6–1, 6–2
2014   Milos Raonic   Vasek Pospisil 6–1, 6–4
2015   Kei Nishikori   John Isner 4–6, 6–4, 6–4
2016   Gaël Monfils   Ivo Karlovic 5–7, 7–6(8–6), 6–4
2017   Alexander Zverev   Kevin Anderson 6–4, 6–4
2018   Alexander Zverev (2)   Alex de Minaur 6–2, 6–4
2019   Nick Kyrgios   Daniil Medvedev 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–4)

Women's singlesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2011   Nadia Petrova   Shahar Pe'er 7–5, 6–2
2012   Magdaléna Rybáriková   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 6–1
2013   Magdaléna Rybáriková (2)   Andrea Petkovic 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
2014   Svetlana Kuznetsova   Kurumi Nara 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
2015   Sloane Stephens   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 6–2
2016   Yanina Wickmayer   Lauren Davis 6–4, 6–2
2017   Ekaterina Makarova   Julia Görges 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–0
2018   Svetlana Kuznetsova (2)   Donna Vekić 4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–2
2019   Jessica Pegula   Camila Giorgi 6–2, 6–2

Men's doublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1969   Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
  Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
4–6, 6–1, 6–4
1970   Bob Hewitt
  Frew McMillan
  Ilie Năstase
  Ion Țiriac
7–5, 6–0
1971   Tom Okker
  Marty Riessen
  Bob Carmichael
  Ray Ruffels
7–6, 6–2
1972   Tom Okker (2)
  Marty Riessen (2)
  John Newcombe
  Tony Roche
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1973   Ross Case
  Geoff Masters
  Dick Crealy
  Andrew Pattison
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
1974   Tom Gorman
  Marty Riessen (3)
  Patricio Cornejo
  Jaime Fillol
7–5, 6–1
1975   Robert Lutz
  Stan Smith
  Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
7–5, 2–6, 6–1
1976   Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
  Arthur Ashe
  Jimmy Connors
6–3, 6–3
1977   John Alexander
  Phil Dent
  Fred McNair
  Sherwood Stewart
7–5, 7–5
1978   Arthur Ashe
  Bob Hewitt (2)
  Fred McNair
  Raúl Ramírez
6–3, 6–4
1979   Marty Riessen (4)
  Sherwood Stewart
  Brian Gottfried
  Raúl Ramírez
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
1980   Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
  Gene Mayer
  Sandy Mayer
6–4, 7–5
1981   Raúl Ramírez (2)
  Van Winitsky
  Pavel Složil
  Ferdi Taygan
5–7, 7–6(9–7), 7–6(8–6)
1982   Raúl Ramírez (3)
  Van Winitsky (2)
  Hans Gildemeister
  Andrés Gómez
7–5, 7–6
1983   Mark Dickson
  Cássio Motta
  Paul McNamee
  Ferdi Taygan
6–2, 1–6, 6–4
1984   Pavel Složil
  Ferdi Taygan
  Drew Gitlin
  Blaine Willenborg
7–6, 6–1
1985   Hans Gildemeister (2)
  Víctor Pecci
  David Graham
  Balázs Taróczy
6–3, 1–6, 6–4
1986   Hans Gildemeister (3)
  Andrés Gómez (2)
  Ricardo Acioly
  César Kist
6–3, 7–5
1987   Gary Donnelly
  Peter Fleming
  Laurie Warder
  Blaine Willenborg
6–2, 7–6
1988   Rick Leach
  Jim Pugh
  Jorge Lozano
  Todd Witsken
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
1989   Neil Broad
  Gary Muller
  Jim Grabb
  Patrick McEnroe
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1990   Grant Connell
  Glenn Michibata
  Jorge Lozano
  Todd Witsken
6–3, 6–7, 6–2
1991   Scott Davis
  David Pate
  Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
6–4, 6–2
1992   Bret Garnett
  Jared Palmer
  Ken Flach
  Todd Witsken
6–2, 6–3
1993   Byron Black
  Rick Leach (2)
  Grant Connell
  Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 7–5
1994   Grant Connell (2)
  Patrick Galbraith
  Jonas Björkman
  Jakob Hlasek
6–4, 4–6, 6–3
1995   Olivier Delaître
  Jeff Tarango
  Petr Korda
  Cyril Suk
1–6, 6–3, 6–2
1996   Grant Connell (3)
  Scott Davis (2)
  Doug Flach
  Chris Woodruff
7–6, 3–6, 6–3
1997   Luke Jensen
  Murphy Jensen
  Neville Godwin
  Fernon Wibier
6–4, 6–4
1998   Grant Stafford
  Kevin Ullyett
  Wayne Ferreira
  Patrick Galbraith
6–2, 6–4
1999   Justin Gimelstob
  Sébastien Lareau
  David Adams
  John-Laffnie de Jager
7–5, 6–7(2–7), 6–3
2000   Alex O'Brien
  Jared Palmer (2)
  Andre Agassi
  Sargis Sargsian
7–5, 6–1
2001   Martin Damm
  David Prinosil
  Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
7–6(7–5), 6–3
2002   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett (2)
  Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
2003   Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  Sargis Sargsian
  Chris Haggard
  Paul Hanley
7–5, 4–6, 6–2
2004   Chris Haggard
  Robbie Koenig
  Travis Parrott
  Dmitry Tursunov
7–6(7–3), 6–1
2005   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
  Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–4, 6–2
2006   Bob Bryan (2)
  Mike Bryan (2)
  Paul Hanley
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 5–7, [10–3]
2007   Bob Bryan (3)
  Mike Bryan (3)
  Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
7–6(7–5), 3–6, [10–7]
2008   Marc Gicquel
  Robert Lindstedt
  Bruno Soares
  Kevin Ullyett
7–6(8–6), 6–3
2009   Martin Damm (2)
  Robert Lindstedt (2)
  Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
7–5, 7–6(7–3)
2010   Mardy Fish
  Mark Knowles
  Tomáš Berdych
  Radek Štěpánek
4–6, 7–6(9–7), [10–7]
2011   Michaël Llodra
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
6–7(3–7), 7–6(8–6), [10–7]
2012   Treat Conrad Huey
  Dominic Inglot
  Kevin Anderson
  Sam Querrey
7–6(9–7), 6–7(9–11), [10–5]
2013   Julien Benneteau
  Nenad Zimonjić (2)
  Mardy Fish
  Radek Štěpánek
7–6(7–5), 7–5
2014   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
  Sam Groth
  Leander Paes
7–5, 6–4
2015   Bob Bryan (4)
  Mike Bryan (4)
  Ivan Dodig
  Marcelo Melo
6–4, 6–2
2016   Daniel Nestor
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
  Łukasz Kubot
  Alexander Peya
7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–4)
2017   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers
  Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
7–6(7–5), 6–4
2018   Jamie Murray
  Bruno Soares
  Mike Bryan
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
3–6, 6–3, [10–4]
2019   Raven Klaasen
  Micheal Venus
  Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
3-6 6-3 [10-2]

Women's doublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2011   Sania Mirza
  Yaroslava Shvedova
  Olga Govortsova
  Alla Kudryavtseva
6–3, 6–3
2012   Shuko Aoyama
  Chang Kai-chen
  Irina Falconi
  Chanelle Scheepers
7–5, 6–2
2013   Shuko Aoyama (2)
  Vera Dushevina
  Eugenie Bouchard
  Taylor Townsend
6–3, 6–3
2014   Shuko Aoyama (3)
  Gabriela Dabrowski
  Hiroko Kuwata
  Kurumi Nara
6–1, 6–2
2015   Belinda Bencic
  Kristina Mladenovic
  Lara Arruabarrena
  Andreja Klepač
7–5, 7–6(9–7)
2016   Monica Niculescu
  Yanina Wickmayer
  Shuko Aoyama
  Risa Ozaki
6–4, 6–3
2017   Shuko Aoyama (4)
  Renata Voráčová
  Eugenie Bouchard
  Sloane Stephens
6–3, 6–2
2018   Han Xinyun
  Darija Jurak
  Alexa Guarachi
  Erin Routliffe
6–3, 6–2
2019   Caty McNally
  Cori Gauff
  Maria Sanchez
  Fanny Stollar
6–2, 6–2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Reynolds, Mike. "Tennis, ESPN2 Serve Up 230-Plus U.S. Open Series Hours". Multichannel. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  3. ^ Rothenberg, Ben. "Why DC's Citi Open separated from U.S. Open Series". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "DC's Citi Open Bumped Out Of U.S. Open Series Due To TV Deal With Tennis Channel". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  5. ^ "Citi Open returns to US Open Series for 2019". US Open Series. Retrieved 2019-08-02.

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