Citi Open Tickets Information
The Citi Open is the annual late-summer men's tennis tournament that has been held in the nation's capital since 1969. While it has been known by many names over the years, such as the Sovran Bank Classic and the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, the event changed its name in early 2012 and has grown into a highly popular 500-level event on the ATP World Tour. The original tournament was the brainchild of tennis stars Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith and Donald Dell, who were looking to capitalize on the growing popularity of men's tennis after the United States' victory over Australia in the 1968 Davis Cup. After securing funding and making the tournament an "open" event, both amateurs and professionals rounded out the field.
Although it grew from humble beginnings, the Citi Open is now a pivotal stop on the ATP World Tour and always draws massive crowds from the D.C. area. The event is typically held in late summer, which offers ideal weather conditions for the athletes. Though it has changed names many times over its history, the Citi Open has become a Washington, D.C., institution and has become a huge boost for the local economy and the growth of professional tennis.