Story By: Erin Zollars
File Photos By: Hal Jalikakik
It has been a long time that D.C area tennis fans had something to actually get excited about when it comes to WTA Tennis in the Summer. Well, that just all changed as to today, the CITI Open announced that marking its 5oth Edition, that the Number 1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki has committed to play in the tournament in August.
This is big news for all tennis fans in the area, as she has captured 28 titles throughout her career, including the WTA Championship in Singapore last October. She was also the flag bearer for her country during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Most recently the Australian Open Champ won her first match of 2018 in the St. Petersburg Open defeating Russian Anastasta Potapova 6-0 6-1 to reach the last eight.
“Having an early commitment from Caroline, who is one of the best athletes in the sport, is a true testament to the growth and progression of the Citi Open,” said Keely O’Brien, the event’s tournament director. “Especially on a milestone anniversary where we celebrate 50 years of professional tennis in Washington, which as of 2012, become one of the few combined men’s and women’s tournaments on tour. It will be a truly memorable summer and we can’t wait to share what we have in store for our amazing fans in our hometown.”
The tournament that has been hosted in Northwest Washington, D.C had taken few steps back when many players on tour opted to not participate due to schedule constraints and the summer heat in D.C.
The CITI Open will return on July 28 and run through August 5th.