Citi to sponsor WTA International event in College Park

June 22, 2011|By Sports Digest

The Washington area's new women's tennis tournament, held at the Tennis Center in College Park on July 23-31, is expected to announce today that it has secured title sponsorship from Citigroup Inc.

That bodes well for the future of the event, which will lead into Washington's longstanding summer tournament for men, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, July 30-Aug. 7.

The new women's event, called the Citi Open, is a WTA International tournament, which is below WTA Premier tournaments in terms of prestige and prize money. But it will include several top names in the 32-player singles draw, including 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin and top-25 player Shahar Peer of Israel. Also in the field: are Jelena Dokic, victor of six WTA singles titles, and rising American teenager Sloane Stephens. A 16-team doubles tournament will also be contested.

The tournament is one of three WTA International events in the United States. Its chairman is Tennis Hall of Famer Donald Dell, co-founder of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.

Ticket information is available at citiopentennis.com or 202-721-9500.

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