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Held July 26th-August 3rd, the Citi Open is part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series–the summer tennis season that links eight North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. The men’s tournament is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide, making it one of the top 20 tournaments in the world, and the only one held in the United States.
First, we headed to the annual Chef Challenge on Thursday, July 31st. This rollicking event was emceed by Mike Isabella, celebrity chef and owner of Graffiato. Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofers Union, Argentinian Embassy chef Diego Biondi and two-time defending champion of the competition and owner of Del Campo Victor Albisu squared off to at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park to claim this year’s presigious title. Tennis fans and foodies alike watched the chefs race against the clock to create delectable treats using pre-selected ingredients. Judges were Charles de Bournet Marnier Lapostolle, CEO of Perigee Spirits and maker of KAPPA Pisco, our own Tommy McFly, and Laura Hayes, a writer for Dining Bisnow and Thrillist.
The Citi Open also features a WTA International Tournament, one of only two in the United States. The tournament’s owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), provides underserved children in the D.C. area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the court through academic and athletic enrichment.
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment.
WTEF seeks to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time in a safe environment they can trust. WTEF also engages them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. WTEF empowers students to achieve their highest potential by helping them develop meaningful values and critical life skills that will lead them to make constructive life choices.
The final results were as follows:
CITI OPEN – WASHINGTON DC, USA
USD 1,654,295.00 (ATP)
USD 250,000.00 (WTA)
28 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2014
RESULTS – AUGUST 03, 2014
Singles – Finals
 M Raonic (CAN) d  V Pospisil (CAN) 61 64
Doubles – Finals
J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d S Groth (AUS) / L Paes (IND) 75 64
Singles – Finals
 S Kuznetsova (RUS) d K Nara (JPN) 63 46 64