Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Legg Mason Tennis Classic now called Citi Open

Legg Mason Tennis Classic now called Citi Open

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is changing its name to the Citi Open.

Classified by the ATP as a 500-level event, it's one of the top 20 tournaments on the men's professional tennis circuit.

In addition to a new title sponsor, the 2012 tournament will include a lower-level WTA event played at the same time and place: July 28-Aug. 5 in Rock Creek Park.

Mardy Fish said that he will enter the Citi Open after missing the tournament in 2011 because of a heel injury.

"I love the city, I love the weather. The court surface is great for me." He said.

“We’re thrilled to have the top-ranked American, Mardy Fish, committed early to this year’s Citi Open,” said Jeff Newman, Tournament Director and Senior Vice President at Lagardère-Unlimited. “2012 is a big year for the tournament – with a new title sponsor, the inclusion of a WTA women’s event this year, and new facility upgrades – and so it’s exciting to also have a Top 10 player participating in our event.”

As part of a multi-year commitment, Citi becomes just the seventh title sponsor in the 44-year history of the tournament.

“The tournament has a storied history in Washington, D.C.,” said Dermot Boden, Citi Chief Brand Officer. “It’s been a prominent event on the ATP World Tour for years, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to do our part in carrying on the rich tradition, along with taking it to new heights as the Citi Open. This iconic Washington, D.C., event is a great way to mark our involvement in the local community, both on and off the court.”

“Tennis is truly a global sport, and we are fortunate to have one of the world’s most recognised and prestigious brands now entitling our tournament,” said Donald Dell, Group President of Lagardère Unlimited and Tournament Chairman. “We’re grateful to have had a long and prosperous relationship with Legg Mason, and we anticipate an excellent relationship and partnership with Citi for many years to come.”