Sunday, February 21, 2016

Isner & Wozniacki Commit to Tournament

3-time Citi Open finalist John Isner returns

From our friends at the Citi Open...

John Isner and Caroline Wozniacki Lead Early Commitments to 2016 Citi Open Tennis Tournament

Rising American stars Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka also committed to play at the Capital Tennis Tradition, July 16-24

Top American John Isner and former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki lead the early commitments to play at the 2016 Citi Open Tennis Tournament to be held July 16-24, 2016 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

The 48th edition of the Capital Tennis Tradition, benefiting the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), features Isner returning to D.C. after a thrilling run to the finals during last year’s Citi Open. The top American on the ATP World Tour at No. 11 is a three-time finalist at the tournament - 2009, 2013, and 2015. A fan favorite, Isner holds 10 career singles titles and started 2016 with an impressive run to the Round of 16 at the Australian Open.

The 2016 Citi Open also features the Washington debut of Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open finalist with 23 career singles titles. Earlier this month, the Danish Olympic Committee chose her to be Denmark’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Wozniacki is currently featured in the pages of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, marking her second consecutive appearance.

“It’s going to be another thrilling year at the Citi Open, and we love offering our fans a mixture of marquee players who support the tournament year after year, such as John, and exciting new players like Caroline as well,” said Jeff Newman, tournament director.

Two rising American stars, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka have also committed to play. Fritz, 18, won the 2015 U.S Open junior title and most recently played in the Memphis Open finals against 2015 Citi Open champion Kei Nishikori. Opelka, also 18, won the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ singles title.

Ticket package sales for the tournament will open March 14 with proceeds benefiting WTEF, the tournament’s nonprofit owner and beneficiary. The organization provides underserved children in the DC-area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment.

The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is one of only 13 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The tournament also features a WTA International Tournament, which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. It is one of only four U.S. tournaments that include both men’s and women’s fields. Main draw matches of the tournament will be broadcast on Tennis Channel.

For more information, visit, or follow the Citi Open on, @CitiOpen on Twitter, or CitiOpen on Instagram. The Citi Open Tennis Tournament is a Lagardère Sports production, and is a registered service mark of its title sponsor Citigroup Inc.

About WTEF:
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. We also engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We empower our students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices. WTEF builds life champions.

About Citi:
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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About Lagardère Sports:
Lagardère Sports is a leading sport marketing agency, with a global network of local experts dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that meet our clients’ needs. We believe sport inspires emotions and passion that are essential to enrich people’s lives and generate powerful collective experiences. At Lagardère Sports, we dedicate our expertise and passion to provide our clients with privileged access to the infinite opportunities of sports. Lagardère Sports is part of Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, a company with more than 1,600 employees worldwide and 50 years of experience.