The raucous support Roger Federer received created a more vibrant atmosphere than at other contests spread around the grounds, whether involving victories for past title winners Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber — she ended 17-year-old American Coco Gauff’s run — or for one of the 11 players who earned a debut trip to the quarterfinals at the grass-court major.
Mark Ein, CEO of MDE Tennis, is looking forward to welcoming tennis legend Rafael Nadal to the District.
When 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal takes the court at the Citi Open in August, it’ll be in front of a full-capacity crowd.
There was some shakiness early against Elena Vesnina, a 34-year-old Russian who said afterward, “I saw that she was nervous.” Gauff acknowledged so afterward. So maybe that’s why she was the first to face break points. Or managed merely one groundstroke winner in the opening set. Still, the newcomer did what veterans do — find a way — and emerged with a 6-4, 6-3 victory to return to Wimbledon’s third round.
Coco Gauff and Nick Kyrgios were part of the “magic” felt at the 2019 Citi Open. Now they’ll return to headline the 2021 edition.
The U.S. Olympic tennis team will head to Tokyo this month without some of its usual star power, propelling 17-year-old Coco Gauff into a leading role.