August 12, 2022

1 Andy Murray and Simona Halep, who have won three Wimbledon championships and five majors between them, are among the latest additions to the Citi Open in Washington this summer.

Other new names announced Wednesday for the 48-man men’s field include 10th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz, 16th-ranked Denis Shapovalov of Canada and American Sebastian Korda, who is ranked 46th.

Korda, 22, is part of a strong contingent of committed American men that includes eight of the nation’s top nine players, including Wimbledon quarter-finalist Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Hyattsville’s Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Jenson Brooksby , Maxime Cressy and 2021 Citi Open finalist Mackenzie McDonald.

Murray, 35, won his first Grand Slam title on hard courts, winning the 2012 US Open. He also won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games, played on grass at the All England Club, and has defended his singles gold medal at the Rio Games in 2016. In 2013, Murray became the first Briton to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry won his third consecutive title in 1936. He won his second Wimbledon title in 2016 .

Halep, who advanced to the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday and is the 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon champion, joins a 32-player women’s squad that includes another former No.1, Victoria Azarenka; 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez; and Americans Jessica Pegula, 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

Commitments for the Washington men’s tournament include 2019 Citi Open champion Nick Kyrgios, 2015 Citi Open champion Kei Nishikori, eighth-placed Russian Andrey Rublev, Australian Alex de Minaur and Belgian David Goffin. On the women’s side, new commitments include Wimbledon semi-finalist Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, Elise Mertens from Belgium and Marie Bouzkova from the Czech Republic.

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The Citi Open will take place at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 30 to August 30. seven.

It’s the first major hard-court event leading up to the US Open, which kicks off on August 29, making it a popular drawing card as players move on from the grass-court season.

The ATP 500-rated Citi Open men’s event is one rung higher than the women’s event (a WTA 250) in terms of its field size, ranking points and prize money. the decade that Citi held a companion women’s event, before its sanction holder moved the event elsewhere, it garnered strong fan support and garnered a top-tier domain.

The Citi Open is one of five combined men’s and women’s tennis tournaments in the country. This summer’s edition will also feature a 16-team doubles event for men and women.

The men’s tournament has been a staple of Washington’s summer sports calendar since 1969. A companion women’s tournament was first held in 2011, and it returns this summer after a three-year absence. Pegula won the title the last time the Citi Open hosted a women’s tour-level event, in 2019.

Washington-based venture capitalist Mark Ein acquired the management rights to the tournament in April 2019, helping to cement the event’s place on the ATP Association of Tennis Professionals calendar. For more than five decades, the tournament has supported the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation, which provides free tennis and educational programs for children in underserved communities and is the beneficiary of the event.