In a press conference, the Citi Open tournament owner Mark Ein spoke about the remarkable event that just happened in Washington. Ein, who is running this event for the first time, explained why the 2017 and 2018 champion Alexander Zverev.
"The strategy for appearance fees has changed and we are going after a wider field rather than going after a few big players," said Ein. Zverev usually asks for big appearance fees in ATP 250s and 500s. Washington was however hit by two withdrawals from top ten players like Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson who were also committed by taking appearance fees.
"We really actively tried to recruit a deeper field,” Ein added. “Let’s go really grab the whole next generation and have them come…then let’s target specifically players who are compelling to fans as well "For the rest, the tournament was an unbelievable one: the record attendance was set earlier in the week, on Tuesday.
Ein would like to keep it at Rock Creek Park and expand the venue, although he is well aware of the obstacles. In another interview, he admitted that keeping the event in Washington was not something that could be taken for granted.
“It had to be the right time, and for a variety of reasons it was the right time for the foundation to find a new partner. All of their other options would have involved it moving out of D.C., which is something they didn’t want.
And I give them a lot of credit for prioritizing keeping it in Washington and realizing how important it is to our community”.