60 Second Interview @CitiOpen With Dynamic Doubles Duo @JackSock & @VasekPospisil

60 Second Interview @CitiOpen With Dynamic Doubles Duo @JackSock & @VasekPospisil

A couple of years back, I jokingly called Jack Sock an Atlanta rock star due to the reception he received there at the US Open Wildcard Playoffs after his US Open Mixed Doubles title with Melanie Oudin.

That was nothing compared to the way he and partner Vasek Pospisil have been received this summer in Newport, Atlanta & Washington after taking the Wimbledon title earlier this month.

I spoke with them and I didn’t mince words. These guys are busy.

Individually, they’re both respected in singles and loved by the fans in their home countries.

Together, they’re the North American Dynamic Doubles Duo.

‘PopSock’ has moved up the rankings to #7 in the world and hope to qualify for the ATP year-end championships.

They’re committed to playing together throughout the summer and hopefully all the way to the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals title.

I hope the North American Dynamic Doubles Duo take this show all the way to the title in London.

And I, for one, welcome our new Doubles Overlords.

—Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

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Svetlana Kuznetsova Loves Dogs, Tigers, Elephants and the US Open #CitiOpen #WTA

Svetlana Kuznetsova Loves Dogs, Tigers, Elephants and the US Open

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Two-time Grand Slam Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova won her first slam in the US, so she’s always happy to summer in the States. She spoke with me at yesterday at the Citi Open, a WTA International-level event in Washington, DC. Due to a change in security policy at the tournament this year, no one, not even Grand Slam champions, are allowed in the lower seating bowl without a ticket. Kuznetsova shrugged off her denial of access to a qualifying match over the weekend and mentioned that Martina Navratilova had run into the same problem at another tournament.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Photo: (C) 2014 Chris Levy @tennis_shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

She loves her dog, and wears her pride on her shirt, a gift from Chinese clothing sponsor Qiaodan which features her American Bully, Dolce. Pressed on whether her love for animals extended beyond the canine variety, she says she likes “Tigers, Elephants, many animals’. Unlike Dolce, who travels with her on a regular basis, tigers and elephants just won’t fit on the plane.

—Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

“Big Foe” Francis Tiafoe (@FTiafoe) Impresses Crowd in Main Draw Pro Debut @CitiOpen

Tiafoe (Tennis Channel)

Francis Tiafoe has every reason to be proud after a close loss to Evgeny Donskoy at the Citi Open in Washington, DC tonight. Though he lost 4 & 4, his big serve looked great. He fired up the crowd and they fired him up right back. In addition to his parents and family, his debut match was witnessed by players, friends and the extended family known as Every Serious Tennis Fan in Washington.

Tiafoe's Parents

Tiafoe’s Parents

The 16-year-old got his first break of serve on Donskoy early in the second set, and the Junior Tennis Champions Center prodigy was never out of a set or the match until the final point of each. The Baltimore-born Tiafoe has trained at the College Park, Maryland training facility since he was a child and attended Citi Open every year since he was 9. Tiafoe saved 9 break points and other than a few double faults, it didn’t appear that the big stage made him nervous. In fact, he seemed to feed on the energy from the partisan crowd.

Donskoy said of his opponent, “I know this guy has a great future”.

After the match, he said “I just hope I can come back here” (to the Citi Open). I’m pretty sure that can be arranged, Francis. In fact, I’m very sure. Thanks for making everyone around here proud, Big Foe.

—S. Fogleman

‘Queens at Court’ LGBT Tennis Documentary Premieres @CitiOpen With Director @ShivPaul

‘Queens at Court’ LGBT Tennis Documentary Premieres @CitiOpen With Director @ShivPaul
Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

WASHINGTON — The documentary film “Queens at Court,” featuring the stories of struggle and success of four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) amateur tennis players on and off the court, was screened tonight at the Citi Open Tournament Courtside Hospitality Tent. The event included a cocktail reception and a Q&A session with the film’s director, Shiv Paul.

Tonight’s screening was the first of three that the USTA is hosting throughout the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the summer tennis season linking eight North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open.

Among those featured in the film are a gay man from Washington, D.C., who fights weight issues, a military veteran from New York who turned to tennis to cope with the aftereffects of war, and a transgender female trying to find her way in the world. Each regularly competes in an international gay and lesbian tennis tour, the Gay Games and USTA heterosexual tennis leagues.

Shiv Paul at the Citi Open Screening

Shiv Paul at the Citi Open Screening

“We are honored to screen ‘Queens at Court’ at the Citi Open Tournament and share stories representing those LGBTQ athletes who have found strength in their sport and through the support of their fellow athletes,” Paul said. “‘Queens at Court’ aims to show that what we all have in common — regardless of gender, sexuality, color, size or anything else — is we are all trying to find our place in the world.”

Shiv Paul and Jeff Newman

Shiv Paul and Jeff Newman

Tournament Director Jeff Newman was excited that Citi Open hosted the premiere. “We love it. Any time we can provide a platform for good causes, we’re happy to have it. When we were approached by the USTA, we welcomed it right away and we look forward to having it for years to come”, he told Tennis East Coast. “Any time you can bring people together and celebrate good causes, if we can be the venue that provides that, we look forward to it”.

A future screening is also planned in Cleveland, Ohio during the Gay Games 9 on August 12 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. For more information, visit GLTA.net.

—Sheena Pegarido of Citi Open contributed to this post

2014 WTA Washington @CitiOpen Preview

2014 WTA Washington @CitiOpen Preview
Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

Madison Keys US Open Wild Card Playoffs 2011 TennisMaryland.com

It’s a Capital Event. Washington, DC hosts the joint hardcourt Citi Open, a WTA International-level event and an ATP 500.

I will cover the WTA field, while Steen Kirby has a look at the men in a companion post.

The omen’s seeds features 8 of the top 30 players, but only one player in the top 20. The loss of World #7 Genie Bouchard to a knee injury hobbles the power rankings of the DC field. This is a 20’s thing: 7 of the women ranked 20-29 are playing at Citi Open.

Let’s be frank. The top seed has never won this event, and I expect that trend to continue.

Top 8 Seeds (Rankings)
1: Lucie Safarova (17)
2: Ekaterina Makarova (20)
3: Alize Cornet (21)
4: Sloane Stephens (22)
5: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (24)
6: Svetlana Kuznetsova (26)
7: Madison Keys (27)
8: Sorana Cirstea (29)

WTA Washington
Citi Open

July 28-August 3, 2014
WTA International
$250,000

First Round Match Ups to Watch:

Magda Rybarikova

Magda Rybarikova

Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Ekaterina Makarova

The #2 Seed and Wimbledon Quarterfinalist Makarova gets a tough draw in Magda Rybarikova, the two-time defending champion of this event. Rybarikova owns the H2H 2-0, including a destructive 6-2, 6-0 drubbing of E-Kat in last year’s Citi semifinals. Makarova has won more than twice as many matches as she has dropped this year, while Magda has a losing record in 2014. But guess what? This is Magdaville and you’re lucky to live in it. She twice defied the odds in winning this tournament, and that intangible confidence is why I believe Rybarikova will win a grueling three-setter against Makarova.

Sloane Stephens vs. Christina McHale

Christina McHale
It’s hard to believe these two have never met in WTA main draw play. Sloane’s ranking superiority over compatriot McHale (#22 vs. #51) is deceiving, since most of her points have been earned in the 3 1/2 slams thus far (Indian Wells=.5). Meanwhile, she’s done very little off of the biggest stages. DC’s no slam, and Christina is hungry to improve her ranking before the US Open. I know she’s been inconsistent and her biggest result in 2014 came in the January Acapulco final, but I’m going with a hunch on this one: McHale in three.

I’m obviously feeling lucky here, since Stephens and Makarova are 2-1 favorites to win this match at Tennis Abstract. As always, don’t actually wager on my musings, but be the first to thank me if I am correct.

Top Half:

In the WTA, I don’t even know why we name the quarters or sections after the top seeds. It’s simply a jinx. Enter Lucie Safarova, the unlikely top seed at Citi. She ascended to the top after Bouchard’s withdrawal. Lucie should cruise past Mladenovic in the first before beating Goerges or a qualifier in Round 2.

Madison Keys is at her best on summer hard, and she should easily advance over Kurumi Nara before a likely second round win vs. Zarina Diyas or a qualifier.

Cornet

Cornet

Meanwhile, Alize Cornet should be able to dispatch young American Shelby Rogers before getting past a second round opponent of Marina Erakovic or Kristyna Pliskova.

Cirstea, Washington 2013

You don’t know which Sori Cirstea will show up this year, but I’m confident that she’s good for a first round victory over Kiki Bertens. Bojana Jovanoski, or Bojangles, as I like to call her, will be exhausted after the Baku final. She should be good enough to beat a qualifier in Round 1, but I expect Cirstea to feast on her in Round 2.

Bottom Half:

Makarova is the top seed in the half and opens against Magda. I’ve picked the upset of the tournament here on nothing. Nothing except past performance by Rybarikova, whose exceptional play, mental toughness and odds-defiance on these same courts two years in a row. She’s innocent until proven guilty in DC. This is her special place. 1/2 of the contents of her trophy case originates here. And yes, there are those points to defend. She wins.

Lauren Davis, who is having a good year, opens with Shuai Peng. After that, she should do battle with Rybarikova. Rybarikova beat her in Memphis last year in straights and she eases past Davis.

2012 Finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova begins Citi Open against Virginie Razzano. Pavs has a 2-0 hardcourt edge on the veteran French player. There’s nothing to suggest Razzano will get her first win here. After Razzano, Pavs likely does battle with the ever-improving Alison Riske, who opens with a qualifier. Riske has beaten Pavs twice this year, including a three-set win at Wimbledon and a straight sets blowout on the hardcourts of Sydney.

Quarters:

Keys d. Safarova
Cornet d. Cirstea
Rybarikova d. Riske
McHale d. Kuznetsova

Keys beat Safarova when they last played in Sydney on hard courts over a year and a half ago. Keys has improved markedly during that time.

Cornet had a nice run here last year, as did Sorana Cirstea. Even when Sorana was soaring in 2013, Cornet knocked her down a peg in DC and I expect the same.

McHale has a 2-1 H2H with Kuznetsova, so I expect that one to be close.

Alison Riske and Magda Rybarikova both sport losing singles records in 2014, but both are very motivated to win here. Having never met in WTA tour-level play, it could come down to Magda’s late-round Washington experience.

Semis:

Keys d. Cornet
Rybarikova d. McHale

Keys won her only meeting against Cornet at Fed Cup in a nail-biter earlier this year. It could be a very close one going to the American.

Look, if Magda makes it this far again, she’ll take out McHale or another opponent she faces in the semis.

Final:
Keys d. Rybarikova

I’d say Magda could beat almost anyone in this field if she reaches the final. Except Madison Keys. Keys scoring her maiden WTA title in Eastbourne is key. With a 2-1 H2H, she should hoist that crystal vase on Sunday. That would still leave Magda with good feelings about the tournament and another piece of DC glass in the trophy case.

2014 ATP Washington (@CitiOpen) Preview

2014 ATP Washington (@CitiOpen) Preview
Steen Kirby, Tennis East Coast

ATP Washington

ATP Washington
Citi Open

ATP World Tour 500
Washington, DC, USA
July 28-August 3, 2014
Prize Money: $1,399,700

Top 8 seeds (who all receive first round byes) (ATP ranking in parentheses)
1: Tomas Berdych (5)
2: Milos Raonic (7)
3: Grigor Dimitrov*
4: Kei Nishikori (11)
5: John Isner (12)
6: Richard Gasquet (14)
7: Kevin Anderson (21)
8: Feliciano Lopez (25)

*Grigor Dimitrov withdrew with an illness. Julian Benneteau will take his seed line.

The ATP event in DC has two top 10 players and 5 top 20 players, a solid field for a 500 level tournament in our nation’s capital.

First round matchups to watch:

Blaz Kavcic vs. Benjamin Becker

The younger Kavcic has never played the 33-year-old Becker before and both players are in some great form recently. Kavcic has been playing well on the challenger circuit, with three titles, a final and a quarterfinal in his last five tournaments, all on hard courts. Becker has found success on the ATP level. He reached the semis in Atlanta and the final in Den Bosch over the past two months. According to an eyewitness in Atlanta, he is hitting his forehand and serve the best he has in years. It’s hard to predict the outcome here. Kavcic has had a more difficult travel schedule but Becker played a lot of tennis this week in the hot Atlanta weather. Both players may be worn out after this match, but the quality should still be good.

Lukas Lacko vs. (WC)Filip Peliwo

Lacko and Peliwo have also never played before, and with Lacko having found some surprising form en route to the quarterfinals in Atlanta, he should be favored. Peliwo is a promising young Canadian but his results have been poor at the challenger level and he seems to be trying to find his feet in the pro game right now.

Evgeny Donskoy vs. (WC)Francis Tiafoe

Francis Tiafoe

This match will be all about how the 16-year-old Tiafoe can perform in front of home fans in DC. The young man with a great story of tenacity and grit helping him rise to the cream of the crop of the junior tennis world with limited amounts of assistance compared to what many young receive will face former top 100 player Donskoy, who has lost three straight matches and is in poor form. Donskoy can play well on hard courts at times, but Tiafoe, who won his first ATP qualies match in Atlanta before losing in round 2 of qualifying will at least have a punchers chance to make this match competitive. The crowd will be riveted no matter what happens.

Top Half:

Berdych

Berdych

Tomas Berdych is making his post Wimbledon debut in DC, and the top seed will get Robby Ginepri or Alejandro Falla for his first match. He is likely to reach round three and face Vasek Pospisil, assuming the Atlanta quarterfinalist beats Rajeev Ram/Jared Donaldson. Berdych will be a favorite to get to the quarterfinals and likely face one of Kavcic/Becker or Feliciano Lopez/Santiago Giraldo/Victor Estrella/Tobias Kamke. This is a hard section to predict as Estrella had success in Bogota, Lopez was red hot during the grass court season, and Giraldo has been good for parts of the season. Lopez vs. Berdych is my pick for the quarters here though.

Kei Nishikori is another playing making his post Wimbledon debut in DC. The top Japanese player will face Sam Querrey or Michael Russell for his first match, followed by one of Rendy Lu/Peliwo/Lacko in round 3. With Lu having played poorly in Atlanta, I am going with a Nishikori vs. Lacko round 3 prediction.

Then, below this section is a section featuring Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Jeremy Chardy as seeds. Gasquet pulled out of Atlanta and struggled in Bogota. He faces ATL finalist Dudi Sela or big-serving, lucky loser Sam Groth in Round 2. If he makes it through that, Gassquet will face Chardy or Tim Smyczek/Alex Kuznetsov. Smyczek/Kuznetsov have a decent shot at sneaking into round 3, and perhaps even the quarterfinals with Sela being tired and Gasquet being in poor form.

Bottom Half:

Milos Raonic, who has had an excellent 2014 season, will face the in-form Jack Sock or Michael Berrer in round 2. Should he defeat Sock, as he already done has this year, he is likely to face Lleyton Hewitt or Marinko Matosevic in round 3. Matosevic made the quarters in Atlanta and should have a slight edge over his countryman Hewitt. He has to beat Ilya Marchenko first, though.

Expect Raonic vs. John Isner or Ivo Karlovic in the quarters. Isner, the ATL champ, will face Steve Johnson or James Duckworth, followed by Karlovic or Frank Dancevic/Benoit Paire. Three of the biggest servers in the game are in this section, and don’t count Johnson out either.

Denis Istomin and Julien Benneteau highlight the section above Isner. Benneteau will face Donald Young or Yuichi Sugita first, and with Young in poor form, it should be Benny vs. Istomin or Bernard Tomic in round 3.

The Bogota champ Tomic, who showed renewed passion and focus at that tournament, will face Alejandro Gonzalez first, and then Istomin. He’s a dangerous unseeded player in this section of the draw. Tomic is, in fact, the only imposing player here that I see, so he should get into the quarterfinals to face Kevin Anderson/Radek Stepanek or Tiafoe/Donskoy/Malek Jaziri/Sergiy Stakhovsky. Anderson was very poor in Atlanta but chalked it up to rust. Stepanek can be dangerous, so I’m going with Stepanek over Anderson in round 3 and a Tomic vs. Stepanek quarter.

Dark Horse: Bernard Tomic

He was gifted a reasonable draw after Dimitrov pulled out, and his first three opponents, Gonzalez, Istomin and Benneteau/Young are entirely beatable. He is also talented enough to get past Stepanek/Anderson. Whether he has the mentality and fitness to do so is another story, however, and it’s going to be up to Bernard how he does with another great opportunity to further his comeback this week.

Predictions

Semis:
Nishikori d. Lopez
Raonic d. Stepanek

Lopez beat Berdych at Queens this year and he has multiple wins over the Czech, so I like him to reach the semis. That said, Nishikori normally has the edge over Feli so I’m going with him to reach the final. Given his strong season so far that has only been interrupted by conditioning issues preventing him putting up strong back to back results. And given he’s had lots of rest, that won’t be a problem this week.

I trust Stepanek over Tomic. I need to see more of a sample from Tomic before getting back on the bandwagon with him.

Raonic should have a decided edge in his section with Isner tired and him being as good as a server as Karlovic. He is 3-0 career against Steps and should reach the final.

Final:
Nishikori d. Raonic

It would be a great final: Nishikori has a 2-1 edge overall, but Raonic won their Wimbledon meeting this year in 4 sets. It could go either way and it likely would go three sets, but I think Kei will outlast the Manitoba Missile and take the title in DC this week.

Sunday in Washington: “Praction” Distraction From Qualifying @CitiOpen

Sunday in Washington: “Praction” Distraction From Qualifying @CitiOpen
Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

Photo: @tennis_shots

Photo: @tennis_shots

As a fan, sometimes you need a break from the matches during qualies. After all the newish names you hear on the courts on a qualifying weekend, you need a break from the new.

In with the old.

You want to put on your comfy slippers. The ones you know so well.

You know, the Top 25 or even, say, Players Who Have Won a Major.

But you also want to see some tennis action right then and there.

That’s when you need–Praction. The action of tennis, with all the big names, at a fraction of the price of being on Center Court because–it’s Practice Action. So here’s a Praction Round-Up from Sunday at the Citi Open in Washington.

Let’s examine how much Praction you can get into in just one Sunday afternoon.

Next Stop On Tour Pretty Much Like the Last Stop: Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt was in Cruz control again. This is the third time in a row I’ve seen son Cruz take the court before Codger Dad. I’m thinking Cruz is like a professional food-tester for Lleyton. Or just looking for ‘Bubbles!’ on the court.

To Lleyton’s defense, there is absolutely nothing for a child to see in the way of sights in Washington, so this is an even better idea than it is in Adelaide.

Top Dog Praction: Tomas Berdych
Though I didn’t personally catch him in the act, the Daily Forehand, the first-born of tennis-writing virtuoso Ben Rothenberg, uploaded this video of Top Seed Tomas Berdych in praction today:

Tower Power: Milos Raonic & Kevin Anderson

With John Isner stuck in Atlanta waiting to play his ATP 250 Final, the other skyscrapers, Raonic and Anderson, teamed up for a hit on Sunday. The security staff, not regular tennis fans, were naturally shocked by the duo’s distance from the court to their heads. The non-regulars ogled at them, more so for their size than their ability to smoke a serve so hard the fences shook.

Milos Raonic, 2014 Citi Open

And finally, Kei Nishikori‘s Praction was featured in our last post. The best part of his praction was Kei himself checking out the vocal 2nd set tiebreak going on at the match court next door featuring Gabriela Dabrowski and Olga Rogowska (Rogowska won that tiebreak and the match in 3).

Kei Nishikori (Photo: S Fogleman/TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: S Fogleman/TennisEastCoast.com)

The next time you don’t feel like going to qualies with your tennis-crazed significant other, just remember: there’s Praction out there. You know these guys!

Sunday in Washington: @KeiNishikori Practice Session @CitiOpen

Sunday in Washington: @KeiNishikori Practice Session @CitiOpen
Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

Kei Nishikori was the biggest fan draw this weekend at the Citi Open in Washington. Saturday and Sunday saw throngs of fans from the extended DC area longing for a peek at their All-Time Fave. On each occasion, Kei obliged, signing autographs and submitting to selfies for nearly ten minutes in the scorching heat after a hit.

Nishikori is the 4 seed at the ATP World Tour 500 event and has a first round bye. He’ll open in Round 2 against the winner of Americans Sam Querrey and Michael Russell.

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Kei Nishikori (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Six US Players Qualify For Main Draw @CitiOpen #Results #MondayOOP

WASHINGTON–Six US players advanced to the main draw of the Citi Open in Washington, DC today.

Qualfies: Rajeev Ram

Qualfies: Rajeev Ram

On the men’s side, the youthful Jared Donaldson of Rhode Island qualified for his first tour-level main draw in defeating fellow American Sekou Bangoura. Robby Ginepri bested red-hot Sam Groth to advance, and Rajeev Ram made the main draw with a win over Emilio Gomez.

Of the US men who advanced today, nobody had a harder time doing it than Alex Kuznetsov, who dropped the first set to local DC product Jordi Arconada, before a come-back win in three sets.

Taylor Townsend and Tornado Ali Black made us proud and extended their stays in the Nation’s Capital, as both scored impressive victories in the scorching, humid late afternoon in Rock Creek Park.

On to the flip side and out North American allies: After very impressive performances yesterday, Canadians Stephanie Dubois and Gabriela Dabrowski were both frustrated in losing very close three-setters.

2014 citi Taylor Townsend

Play begins at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow. Tomorrow’s prime-time marquee matches feature rising star and local phenom Francis Tiafoe in his pro debut against Evgeny Donskoy, followed by Madison Keys vs. Kurumi Nara. I don’t think I remember Tennis Channel ever showing a Monday night match in Washington, a testament to the curiosity of viewers to see both of those young American players.

Tornado Ali Black

—Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

 

CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON DC, USA
USD 1,654,295.00 (ATP)
USD 250,000.00 (WTA)
28 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2014

RESULTS – JULY 27, 2014

Mens
Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – R Ginepri (USA) d S Groth (AUS) 64 64
Qualifying – Y Sugita (JPN) d [Alt] A Carter (USA) 60 61
Qualifying – R Ram (USA) d E Gomez (ECU) 64 76(2)
Qualifying – I Marchenko (UKR) d M Copil (ROU) 67(3) 76(4) 64
Qualifying – A Kuznetsov (USA) d [WC] J Arconada (ARG) 36 61 60
Qualifying – J Donaldson (USA) d S Bangoura (USA) 63 61

Mens
Qualifying Doubles – Second Round

Qualifying – [2] J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) d M Copil (ROU) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 64

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – T Townsend (USA) d T Smitkova (CZE) 63 64
Qualifying – O Rogowska (AUS) d G Dabrowski (CAN) 26 76(5) 76(5)
Qualifying – H Kuwata (JPN) d S Dubois (CAN) 46 62 76(3)
Qualifying – [WC] T Black (USA) d E Webley-Smith (GBR) 63 60

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014
STADIUM COURT start 1:45 pm
WTA – [6] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs P Hercog (SLO)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [Q] R Ginepri (USA) vs A Falla (COL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – A Gonzalez (COL) vs B Tomic (AUS)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [WC] F Tiafoe (USA) vs E Donskoy (RUS)
WTA – K Nara (JPN) vs [7] M Keys (USA)

GRANDSTAND 1 start 2:00 pm
WTA – V King (USA) vs [WC] F Abanda (CAN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – T Smyczek (USA) vs [Q] A Kuznetsov (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [Q] Y Sugita (JPN) vs D Young (USA)
WTA – J Goerges (GER) vs [Q] T Townsend (USA)
WTA – [Q] T Black (USA) vs Z Diyas (KAZ)

GRANDSTAND 2 start 4:00 pm
ATP – F Dancevic (CAN) vs B Paire (FRA)
ATP – [Q] R Ram (USA) vs [Q] J Donaldson (USA)
WTA – [3] A Cornet (FRA) vs [WC] S Rogers (USA)
WTA – K Bertens (NED) vs [8] S Cirstea (ROU)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
WTA – L Chirico (USA) / S Marand (USA) vs [4] A Rodionova (AUS) / O Rogowska (AUS)
WTA – A Riske (USA) vs [Q] H Kuwata (JPN)
ATP – L Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] F Peliwo (CAN)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
ATP – M Jaziri (TUN) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
ATP – M Matosevic (AUS) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR)

Big Fight From Jordi Arconada of @TheJTCC @CitiOpen Final Round Qualifying

Big Fight From Jordi Arconada of @TheJTCC @CitiOpen Final Round Qualies

Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

All in all, Jordi Arconada had a great weekend. Awarded a wild card to his first ATP tour-level event on Thursday, he proceeded to notch his first tour win over Michael Llodra on Saturday on an outer court. Today, he played a full three-set match on Stadium Court, before losing to Alex Kuznetsov 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 in 1:17.

Local fans, friends and Junior Tennis Champions Center classmates and alumni were enthralled with the excitement and the experience his punchy performance provided them this weekend.

Jordi Arconada’s a name to remember.

Tennis fans look forward to seeing him play at many Citi Opens Yet to Come.

N.B. — Chris Levy (@Tennis_Shots) has been on loan to us for the Citi Open. It was a blessing to have him on hand to capture Arconada in action today. Yesterday’s match was over so quickly, the talented photographer never stood a chance to take up his position.

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Jordi Arconada (Photo: @Tennis_Shots for TennisEastCoast.com)

Mrs. Arconada & Coach Salazar (Photo: S. Fogleman)

Mrs. Arconada & Coach Salazar (Photo: S. Fogleman)