Preview this year’s Mubadala Citi DC Open and the official player party programming ahead of the first match on July 29.
One of the oldest and most distinguished tennis tournaments, the Washington Open, is returning for its annual occurrence from July 29 – August 6. The tournament will look a little different this year. Citibank sponsored the tournament in 2012, which changed its name to the Citi Open. The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic merged with the Citi Open this year to create the Mubadala Citi DC Open. The Women’s Tennis Association tournament will be elevated from a 250-level event to a 500. This move makes the Mubadala Citi DC Open the only combined ATP-WTA 500-level tennis event in the world.
The tournament will be held at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, and has historically attracted some of the most talented players in the ATP and WTA. This year players such as former World No. 1 Andy Murray, as well as Taylor Fritz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and more will be participating. Some of the best women’s players will also be playing, such as Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff.
This year’s Washington Open will be the 54th edition for men and the 11th edition for women. Last year saw Nick Kyrgios win the Men’s Singles and Liudmila Samsonova win the Women’s Singles. Both players will be returning this year.
The official player party of the open — Citi Taste of Tennis — is set to take place July 30. This exciting event has boasted celebrity professional tennis player appearances as well as prestigious culinary offerings. Last year Australian tennis star and former champion Nick Kyrgios were given a live cooking lesson by acclaimed chefs Jon Shook and Vinnie Dotolo. There was also a Q&A with all-star Lindsay Davenport.
This year will include those same events plus more. The 2023 Citi Taste of Tennis party will be held at La Vie on The Wharf. Tennis Channel commentator and former professional tennis player Nick Monroe will be hosting. Jessica Pegula, who won her first WTA title at the Citi Open in 2019, will make an appearance. She currently sits at World No. 3 for Singles. Respected chef Kevin Tien (Moon Rabbit) will be the headlining chef and will be accompanied by other talented chefs such as Jassi Binder (Amrina), John Mooney (Bidwell), Patrice Cleary (Purple Patch) and more.
The party will also be hosting live music. Entertainment includes live musical performances from Najah Lewis and DC native BJ Simmons. Sponsors will also be bringing a variety of fun experiences to participate in. Segafredo Zanetti Coffee will be offering espresso martinis and teaching guests how to make the perfect drink. Cocktails will be provided by Barbados Tourist Board and St. Lucia Tourism Authority.
Kick off this year’s Mubadala Citi DC Open with the official player party of the tournament. Tickets are $250 and doors open at 7:00 p.m. The tournament begins the 29th. Single session tickets start at $15.
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