Cori "Coco" Gauff (Photo by Yusuf Abdullah)
Cori "Coco" Gauff (Photo by Yusuf Abdullah)

The Citi Open, first contested in July 1969 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, is one of only 13 prestigious ATP 500 tournaments worldwide and offers more than $1.8 million in total financial commitment.

American Andre Agassi holds the record for most titles in the U.S. capital, winning five in 1990-91, ’95 and ’98-99. Washington area natives Frances Tiafoe and Hailey Baptiste were among the Day Two winners on Tuesday, July 30, taking advantage of favorable conditions and plenty of hometown support.

Tiafoe defeated Alexander Bublik 6-1, 7-6 on Stadium Court as he advanced to the third round for the second straight year. Tiafoe will next face No.3 seed Daniil Medvedev who beat American wild card Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3, 6-4.

Baptiste brought the fans on a packed Grandstand to their feet as she pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, dispatching No.2 seed Madison Keys 7-6, 6-2 for her first career WTA main draw win.

Within hours of Baptiste earning her first career WTA win, fellow teenage wild card Catherine McNally did the same as she defeated Lin Zhu of China in straight sets before another supportive crowd.

The stands were also filled to capacity on John Harris Court where a standing-room only crowd watched Zarina Diyas defeat 15-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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