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The Mubadala Citi DC Open, held annually in Washington, D.C., is a prestigious tennis tournament renowned for both its players’ performances and its dedication to community engagement.

“We have an incredible player field committed to compete in this year’s Mubadala DC Citi Open, the first and only combined ATP and WTA 500-level tournament in the world,” said Mark Ein, Mubadala Citi DC Open chairman.

With a strong focus on fan engagement, the tournament hosts a myriad of activities and events throughout the week. Notably, the official Kids Day saw over 350 children flock to the stadium main court, immersing themselves in a fun-filled tennis experience. Beyond the excitement on the court, the Mubadala Citi DC Open strives to make tennis accessible to all levels of play, reaching out to communities across the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) region. The official youth brand of tennis for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Net Generation, plays a key role in this endeavor.

Leah Friedman, Vice President of the Washington Tennis Education Foundation (WTEF), emphasized the commitment of the partnership between Mubadala Citi DC Open, USTA Mid-Atlantic, and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation to make tennis accessible to all. Net Generation’s role in breaking barriers for access to tennis was also highlighted.

This year’s event boasted an impressive lineup of players, including Americans Chris Eubanks and Coco Gauff, Andy Murray, Ukrainian star Elina Svitolina, and local favorite Frances Tiafoe, each sharing their unique experiences and insights on the tournament and their personal tennis journeys.

Kid Reporter Xander Dorsey with Russian tennis player Alexander Shevchenko

Kid Reporter Xander Dorsey with Russian tennis player Alexander Shevchenko

For emerging star Chris Eubanks, transitioning from a relatively low-key presence in the past to becoming a recognized player after his success at Wimbledon brought about changes in his daily routine. The influx of media obligations and fan interactions required him to learn how to effectively balance his time. “I’ve had to learn, how to say no,” Eubanks said.

Nevertheless, he remained focused on the game and expressed optimism about adapting to the demands of his evolving career.

Frances Tiafoe, a notable player from nearby Hyattsville, Maryland, praised his friend, Chris Eubanks. Tiafoe believed it was just a matter of time and belief before Eubanks climbed the rankings. For Tiafoe himself, reaching the Top 10 meant a new challenge of maintaining his position and aiming for even greater success, including winning Grand Slam titles.

The tournament drew a considerable crowd, and rising star Coco Gauff acknowledged the surge in her popularity. She attributed her ability to remain grounded amidst the increasing attention to her family’s support. Gauff emphasized that while fame and media exposure were part of her life, they did not define her. Her unwavering focus remained on her tennis and using the sport to inspire others.

The Mubadala Citi DC Open offers not only thrilling tennis matches but also an enriching experience for fans and aspiring players. A crucial aspect of achieving this goal lies in the tournament’s partnership with the Washington Tennis Education Foundation (WTEF). WTEF’s mission is to build life champions by providing kids with educational opportunities, tennis instruction, and personal development. Through this partnership, young players from underserved communities gain access to state-of-the-art facilities and participate in tennis programs that instill essential life skills.

The legacy of the Mubadala Citi DC Open traces back to its founders, John A. Harris, Arthur Ashe, and Donald Dell, who tirelessly worked to ensure professional tennis remained accessible to the community. Their vision continues to inspire the tournament, fostering talent, and motivating future generations of players. The Mubadala Citi DC Open stands as a testament to the unifying power of tennis, bringing success and positive community impact together on a grand stage.