Blue Chip Tennis at Citi Open Tennis Tournament 2015
Summer in DC Means Big Time Tennis
At Blue Chip Tennis Academy, summer is one of our favorite times of the year and it’s not the extreme heat and humidity we are talking about. With outdoor tennis camps running on all cylinders, the long summer days, and the getaway weekends there is no better time of the year to relax and do all the things that you love to do. Another reason why we love summer is the best tennis players in the world come onto our backyard and entertain us for 9 days in August. This year was no different. We saw great tennis, hosted top flight clinics, participated in and our juniors WON all of their matches for the Stars of Tomorrow tournament, as well as officially announcing our new partnership with Sport & Health Worldgate.
Citi Open Tennis Excites!
As always the best in the world entertain the DC Metro area with their awesome power, their agility, their finesse, as well as their incredible shot making. The Citi Open hosted a full field of men’s and women’s draws. On the men’s side players such as top seed Andy Murray, Kei Nishikor, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, and Vasek Pospisil were all in the field. On the women’s side, Ekaterina Makarova, Belinda Bencic, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Alize Cornet, and Sloane Stephens were on hand for the women’s draw. Both the men’s and women’s draws featured incredible and hard fought matches. Despite Andy Murray being knocked out early, there was still great tennis. The final featured John Isner against Kei Nishikori and the thrilling match went to three sets, but Nishikori ousted Isner. The women’s final was a little more one sided with Sloane Stephens defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.
Ladies, Ladies, Ladies!
Among the many matches featured at this year’s Citi Open, the Blue Chip Tennis Academy hosted the Ladies Clinic for the third straight year. This year’s event was a huge hit and had a record setting attendance with 65 ladies that signed up this year. The clinic was led by Executive Director Tim Bainton along with his staff of accomplished tennis pros. “The Ladies Clinic was a great hit and they had a great time meeting new players, meeting our pros, and improving their strokes” said Tim Bainton. From working on forehands, backhands, overhead, and volleys, the ladies also got to play beat the pro and king of the court to work on their match play as well as their communication. After the clinic, the ladies were treated to champagne, lunch at the Emirates Airline tent, as well as box seat tickets for the day’s matches. We don’t think there is a better way to spend a summer day in DC!
Tennis Tournament: Future Stars of Tomorrow
This year’s tournament also featured a junior tournament that coincided with the pro tournament. The Stars of Tomorrow tournament was organized by the Department of Parks and Recreation on the grounds of the Fitzgerald Tennis Center. The Blue Chip Tennis Academy was invited for the second straight year and the team of Jaxon Brown, Gabe Smith, Cole Henceroth, Anya Ambarish, Isabella Rotaru, and Peyton Capuano represented the Blue Chip Elite Team. “We are always thrilled to participate in this [tournament] because we can show the tennis community our talent and fight” said Tim Bainton. The team finished by winning all their matches and beating the following teams: College Park, Montgomery Tennisplex, Jack Shore Tennis, and Norfolk. We are also thrilled to announce that Jaxon Brown was voted MVP as our number 1 singles player.
Sport & Health Worldgate Joins the Blue Chip Family
Additionally, the Blue Chip Tennis Academy officially unveiled their partnership with Sport & Health Worldgate during the Citi Open. With this additional location, the Blue Chip Tennis Academy now has 3 great locations established in the Northern Virginia Area: Mount Vernon Athletic Club in Alexandria, Burke Racquet and Swim Club in Burke, and now Sport & Health Worldgate in Herndon. “This partnership and expansion means a lot to us at Blue Chip. We get to show the western part of Fairfax County what we have to offer” said Aaron Volbrecht.
Tennis for a Cause
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation is the owner and beneficiary of the Citi Open and shortly after the tournament they kindly thanked everyone for their support. Over $50,000 is going towards after school and summer programs for underserved youth in DC, thanks to Citi, the fast serve promotion and generous fans. The WTEF has been helping DC kids for over 60 years and today reaches more than 1,200 children by teaching academics, tennis, fitness and life skills. The Citi Open is also a great experience for the WTEF kids, showing them how hard work, practice and determination can achieve dreams. You may have even seen the WTEF kids escort players like Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Sloane Stephens on to the court. Find more ways to support WTEF and tomorrow’s tennis stars!