The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, is a U.S. Open Series Event with competitions for more than $1.8 million in player compensation on the court. This world-class tennis event is recognized by the ATP World Tour as one of the top 20 tournaments worldwide, and its average attendance is 72,000. The Citi Open continually attracts some of the best tennis players from around the world.
It benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a non-profit organization that strives to improve the life of Washington-area youths through tennis, educational and community-based activities.
Dates and Location
The Citi Open dates for 2018 July 28-Aug. 5. The tournament will be played at the 7,500-seat William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, 16th and Kennedy streets, NW, in Washington, D.C.
Parking is very limited at the tennis center itself, so it is recommended that spectators take the Metro to the Van Ness-UDC station. Free shuttle service will operate every 10 to 12 minutes beginning one hour before the start of matches and will run until one hour after the last match. You can also park at the Van Ness-UDC Metro station or at the Landmark or University of the District of Columbia parking garages and ride the free shuttle buses.
You can park free at the two parking garages, courtesy of the Citi Open. Just show your ticket stub when you leave. Shuttles make pickups on Connecticut Avenue in front of the station and drop off riders at the main gate of the tournament.
If you buy a week-long ticket package to the tournament, an on-site parking pass is included; tickets for single sessions do not include on-site parking passes.
You can buy single tickets, week-long tickets to the entire tournament, or mini-plans, which are a less expensive way to see several matches. There are also tailgates every day, clinics, and happy hours if you want to go all-in for this tennis tournament. Ticket-holders for the most expensive seats get access to the North Covered Viewing Deck, where you'll find a bar, concessions, and additional seating.
Former Citi Open Champions
Former winners of the Citi Open in recent years include Andy Roddick, Arnaud Clement, Juan Martin del Potro, David Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Nadia Petrova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sloane Stephens, and Yanina Wickmayer.
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children, providing the best quality instruction, resources, and mentorship to build life champions. The organization's mission is to keep children off city streets and engage them in productive activities that instill self-pride and discipline. They also provide opportunities for children to obtain academic and athletic scholarships for college.
For those not college bound, WTEF offers assistance in joining the workforce and making good life choices.