Staged at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, the Citi Open in Washington had started back in 1969 on the initiative from Arthur Ashe and it became a part of the Open era a year later, staying in the calendar ever since. It gathered a strong field of players right from the beginning, earning the status of one of the most important events in the United States. Until 1986, the surface was green Har-Tru clay and since then it switched to hard courts, which remained the surface until today.
Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche, Arthur Ashe, Guillermo Vilas, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Stefan Edberg, Michael Chang, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Martin del Potro, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori have all won title here in the past, and Agassi is the clear leader with five crowns in the capital between 1990-1999.
Alexander Zverev is the defending champion and the top seed, leading a strong field of players that will fight for the title and 500 ATP points. Sascha will play against Evgeny Donskoy or Malek Jaziri in the second round and he could face his brother Mischa in round three.
Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori are all packed in the top quarter and it should be interesting to see who will reach the semis from there. David Goffin returns to action for the first time since opening round loss at Wimbledon and he will have to beat the names like Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jared Donaldson and Nick Kyrgios (he retired in Atlanta due to hip problems) if he wants to reach the last four.
The third quarter is also interesting, with Andy Murray who could face Kyle Edmund in round two if he beats Mackenzie McDonald in the opening match. Steve Johnson, Benoit Paire, Alex de MInaur and Hyeon Chung are also in contention to go deep but all eyes will be set on the Briton who is trying to make a return after withdrawing from Wimbledon.
John Isner was forced to skip Washington in 2017 due to a knee injury (he won Atlanta in the previous week) and he is the favorite to reach the semis from the bottom quarter, facing Lucas Pouille, Denis Kudla, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Tommy Paul and Noah Rubin en route to the last four at the event where he lost three finals including his first on the Tour 11 years ago. Full draw: