Harrison, Raonic, Dimitrov, Tomic, Kudla to play Citi Open

June 26, 2013 11:59 AM
Ryan Harrison will make his second career appearance in Washington this summer.
WASHINGTON—Five of the ATP’s most dynamic top young players will compete in Rock Creek Park this July at the Citi Open, the nation’s capital tennis tradition for 45 years.
Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Bernard Tomic, Denis Kudla and Ryan Harrison, all in their early 20s and in or near the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings, have committed to play in the D.C. tournament. They join a very strong field of players, including French Open semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world’s No. 1-ranked doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan, 2012 Citi Open finalist Tommy Haas, Japan's top-ranked player Kei Nishikori; top Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner, Gael Monfils, Lleyton Hewitt and Kevin Anderson, among many others.
Raonic, currently No. 15 in the ATP Rankings, is the top-ranked Canadian singles player of all time. In 2011, he earned the ATP Newcomer of the Year award after jumping from No. 156 at the start of the season to No. 31 by November. This year, the 22-year-old helped the Canadian Davis Cup team reach the World Group quarterfinals for the first time.
Dimitrov, 22, has had a successful 2013 so far, as the first Bulgarian male tennis player to reach an ATP final in singles and advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. Before turning pro in 2008, the current world No. 31 had a solid junior career, winning boys’ singles titles at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2008.
Tomic, 20, started 2013 in stellar fashion by capturing his first ATP World Tour title in Sydney in January. He became the first Australian to win at Sydney since Hewitt in 2005. Highlighted by reaching a career-high world No. 27, he finished 2012 as the youngest player in the Top 100 for a second straight year.
Harrison, currently ranked No. 84, started 2013 strong in January when he reached his first quarterfinal at the Apia International Sydney. The 21-year-old reached a career-high ranking of No. 43 in 2012 after reaching three semifinals. He also holds two doubles titles—Newport in 2011 and Atlanta in 2012.
Kudla, who will enter the Top 100 after Wimbledon, grew up in Arlington, Va.,and trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., from the age of 8 to 18. So far in 2013, Kudla qualified for both the French Open and Wimbledon—where he reached the second round. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Aegon Championships in London where he defeated world No. 25 Benoit Paire.
"I have grown up watching and attending the Washington, D.C., tournament," Kudla said. "Having the opportunity to play in the main draw of the Citi Open in front of my hometown fans is really exciting."
The Citi Open will be held July 27 to August 4 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. It is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In addition, the Citi Open 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. The tournament features 48 men’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, 32 women’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, and offers nearly $2 million in player compensation.
The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides under-served children in the D.C. area a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment.
Ticket pricing and package details are now available at www.citiopentennis.com or by phone at 202-721-9500. Daily and single-session tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
For more information, visit the Citi Open on the web at www.citiopentennis.com. The Citi Open is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CitiOpen and Twitter @CitiOpen. To receive news and updates about the tournament, join the growing Citi Open Text Club by texting DC to 25973. The 2013 Citi Open is a Lagardère Unlimited production.