Sabalenka, Tiafoe, Shelton, Jabeur and many more lead a world class Mubadala Citi DC Open Player Field including Nine Top 20 players and Five Grand Slam Champions

9 July 2024 By Washington Staff
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Aryna Sabalenka, Frances Tiafoe, Ben Shelton, Ons Jabeur, Grigor Dimitrov, Madison Keys, Emma Raducanu, Daria Kasatkina, Sebastian Korda, Victoria Azarenka and more join deep DC player field for the annual combined ATP-WTA 500 level event

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Mubadala Citi DC Open, the only combined ATP-WTA 500 level tennis tournament in the world, has announced its preliminary main draw player fields for the 2024 tournament, which features nine of the world’s top 20 players, five Grand Slam champions, two past DC winners and 14 American players. The 55th edition of the tournament will take place July 27 - August 4 in Washington, DC at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. The Mubadala Citi DC Open is the fifth largest professional tennis event in the United States.

“We are very proud of the deep player field ready to compete in Washington DC at the 2024 Mubadala Citi DC Open,” said Mark Ein, Mubadala Citi DC Open Chairman. “We have assembled a fantastic group featuring Grand Slam Champions, former World No 1’s, top 10 players and many of the game’s biggest fan favorites. In less than a month, DC will host one of the summer’s largest events, drawing the world’s best players and tennis fans. With record breaking ticket sales, an impressive roster of athletes and an extraordinary fan experience on-site, we are anticipating another unforgettable tournament.”


Main draw ATP player highlights include World No. 10, three-time Grand Slam semifinalist and 2023 DC semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, 2022 US Open semifinalist, former World No. 10 and DMV native Frances Tiafoe, 2023 US Open semifinalist, recent U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships winner and World No.14 Ben Shelton, 2022 DC and 2023 Australian Open quarterfinalist and World No. 21 Sebastian Korda, six-time ATP champion, two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and World No. 22 Karen Khachanov, 2021 DC finalist Mackenzie McDonald and 2021 Wimbledon semifinalist and 2022 Australian Open quarterfinalist Denis Shapovalov.


The Washington, DC WTA field features World No. 3 (former World No. 1) and 2023 and 2024 Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka, World No. 10 and three-time Grand Slam finalist Ons Jabeur, 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu, former World No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, World No. 12 and recent Eastbourne champion Daria Kasatkina, World No. 13, 2017 US Open finalist and recent Strasbourg winner Madison Keys, World No. 15 and 2022 DC Open champion Liudmila Samsonova, former World No. 2 and 2021 Roland Garros quarterfinalist Paula Badosa, two-time Grand Slam finalist and former World No. 1 Karolína Plíšková, 2017 US Open champion and 2015 DC champion Sloane Stephens and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.


Player field stats:


  • Nine Top 20 Players: Aryna Sabalenka (No. 3), Ons Jabeur (No. 10), Grigor Dimitrov (No. 10), Daria Kasatkina (No. 12), Madison Keys (No. 13), Ben Shelton (No. 14), Liudmila Samsonova (No. 15), Victoria Azarenka (No. 16) and Anna Kalinskaya (No. 18)

  • Two Former DC Champions: Liudmila Samsonova (2022), Sloane Stephens (2015)
  • Three Former World No. 1’s: Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka and Karolína Plíšková
  • Five Grand Slam Champions: Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens and Emma Raducanu
  • One Olympic Gold Medalist: Victoria Azarenka (London, Mixed Doubles)
  • 14 American Competitors: Ben Shelton, Frances Tiafoe, Sebastian Korda, Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin, Sloane Stephens, Alex Michelsen, Caroline Dolehide, Shelby Rogers, Peyton Stearns, Brandon Nakashima, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Mackenzie McDonald and Reilly Opelka
  • Seven 2024 Wimbledon Fourth Round Competitors: Grigor Dimitrov, Ben Shelton, Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, Madison Keys, Paula Badosa, Emma Raducanu, Anna Kalinskaya

The Mubadala Citi DC Open’s ATP 500 event will feature 48 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The WTA 500 tournament will feature 32 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams. Additional players will join the main draws via wild card entry, to be announced in the coming weeks.


ATP and WTA entry lists include:


  • Aryna Sabalenka, World No. 3: Two-time Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka will return to DC for the first time since 2017. She has reached the semifinals or better of all four Grand Slams. Her 2024 season includes winning her second Major in Melbourne and reaching the finals in Rome, Madrid and Brisbane, as well as the quarterfinals in Berlin, Paris (Roland Garros) and Stuttgart.
  • Ons Jabeur, World No. 10: Returning to Washington DC for the first time since 2019, Ons Jabeur achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 2 in 2022 and holds five singles titles. The Tunisian is a three-time Grand Slam finalist and has reached five quarterfinals this year, including
    Roland Garros.
  • Grigor Dimitrov, World No. 10: Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov is set to make his eighth appearance in DC, where he was a semifinalist in 2023. Dimitrov has nine ATP titles, securing his latest in Brisbane in January. Also this season, Dimitrov reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the finals in Miami.
  • Daria Kasatkina, World No. 12: This season, Daria Kasatkina won her fifth title in Eastbourne and reached the finals in Charleston, Abu Dhabi and Adelaide, as well as the quarterfinals in Brisbane. Kasatkina was a semifinalist at the 2022 Roland Garros and reached the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and Roland Garros in 2018.
  • Madison Keys, World No. 13: American Madison Keys recently captured her eighth career title in Strasbourg. The 2017 US Open finalist has achieved a quarterfinals or better appearance at all four Grand Slams. Keys also qualified for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai in 2023 and reached the
    US Open semifinals and quarterfinals in DC last year.
  • Ben Shelton, World No. 14: 21-year-old American Ben Shelton will return to DC for the second time. He reached the doubles finals in 2023 with American partner Mackenzie McDonald. He is a two-time ATP tour champion and a 2023 US Open semifinalist. In 2024, Shelton had semifinal appearances in Auckland and Dallas and secured his second career title in Houston.

  • Liudmila Samsonova, World No. 15: Liudmila Samsonova will return to DC for the third year in a row, where she won the event in 2022 and reached the semifinals in 2023. She has captured one title this year in 's-Hertogenbosch and appeared in the Abu Dhabi and Strasbourg semifinals.

  • Victoria Azarenka, World No. 16: Two-time Australian Open champion and former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka’s 2024 season includes semifinals berths in Brisbane, Miami and Berlin, and quarterfinals appearances in Doha, Charleston and Rome. The 2024 Mubadala Citi DC Open marks her third appearance in Washington, where her best result was a quarterfinal finish in 2022.
  • Anna Kalinskaya, World No. 18: In 2024, Anna Kalinskaya reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and was a finalist in both Berlin and Dubai. In 2023, she made three quarterfinal runs in Austin, Charleston and Osaka. She is a 2019 DC semifinalist and 2022 DC quarterfinalist.
  • Sebastian Korda, World No. 21: 23-year-old American and 2023 Australian Open quarterfinalist Sebastian Korda will compete in DC for a fourth time. His father Petr Korda won the DC tournament in 1992. Korda’s 2024 season includes a new career-high ranking of World No. 20 in June after reaching the finals in 's-Hertogenbosch and the semifinals in London (Queen’s Club).
  • Karen Khachanov, World No. 22: Karen Khachanov, a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and former World No. 8, will return to DC to compete for a fourth time. He is a six-time ATP champion. He is a 2024 Doha finalist, Marseille semifinalist and Monte-Carlo quarterfinalist.
  • Adrian Mannarino, World No. 24: Mannarino is a five-time ATP champion, winning three of those titles just last year in Astana, Newport and Sofia. In 2024, he reached the semifinals of the United Cup and Dallas and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 17 in January.
  • Frances Tiafoe, World No. 29: Maryland native and former World. No 10, Frances Tiafoe is returning to play his home tournament for the eighth time, reaching the quarterfinals in DC the past two years. Tiafoe is a three-time ATP tour champion and a 2022 US Open semifinalist. This year on tour, Tiafoe has had three quarterfinal appearances, a semifinals berth, and a run to the finals in Houston.
  • Elise Mertens, World No. 33: Elise Mertens holds eight singles WTA titles and was an Australian Open semifinalist in 2018. She is a two-time US Open quarterfinalist and a 2024 Australian Open doubles champion. This year, she won doubles titles at Indian Wells and Birmingham and reached the singles final in Hobart.

  • Sofia Kenin, World No. 49: 2020 Australian Open Champion and former World No. 4 Sofia Kenin will compete in her third Mubadala Citi DC Open this year. Kenin, a five-time WTA singles champion, has won two doubles titles in Abu Dhabi and Miami this season.

  • Sloane Stephens, World No. 50: 2015 Mubadala Citi DC Open Champion Sloane Stephens will return to Washington for a chance to reclaim the title. Stephens is the 2017 US Open Champion and an eight-time WTA titlist, most recently winning in Rouen and capturing her first career
    doubles title in Charleston.
  • Emma Raducanu, Wild Card: 2021 US Open Champion and former top ten player Emma Raducanu has returned to the tour following injuries and will compete in DC for a second time in 2024. This year, she reached the semifinals in Nottingham and the quarterfinals in Stuttgart and

  • Paula Badosa, Wild Card: Former World No. 2 and three-time WTA champion Paula Badosa is making her Mubadala Citi DC Open debut. Badosa is finding her form again this year after an injury ended her 2023 season. Most recently, she had an impressive third round finish at Roland Garros and fourth round finish at Wimbledon, as well as a quarterfinal run in Bad Homburg.
  • Denis Shapovalov, Wild Card - Former World No. 10 Denis Shapovalov was a 2020 US Open and 2022 Australian Open quarterfinalist. Additionally, he reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 2021. This will be his fourth time competing in Washington.

As is tradition at DC’s iconic tennis tournament, daily autograph sessions, meet and greets, family days, tennis talks and more will provide endless opportunities for fans to interact with the stars of the ATP and WTA Tours. In addition, the tournament continues to revolutionize its fan experience by partnering with

beloved and award-winning DC restaurateurs and premium sponsors to deliver unparalleled food and
beverage offerings.


This year’s culinary lineup will be headlined by multiple Michelin-starred and DC-based chefs, to be announced in the coming weeks. Fan favorites Roaming Rooster, Dolcezza, Oro Pizza, Taco Bamba, Georgetown Cupcake and more will be returning for the 2024 tournament. Beverage partners include Kim
Crawford, Austin Canned Cocktails, Aviation Gin, Deleon Tequila, Ketel One and more. 


When purchasing tickets for the 2024 Mubadala Citi DC Open, patrons have the option to choose from single session tickets ($50+), ticket packages and a range of premium seat offerings, providing the best views and benefits to ticket holders. Tickets and packages can be purchased online at or by calling (202) 721-9500. For additional information, please email [email protected].


The 2021, 2022 and 2023 tournaments set historic attendance records and featured sold-out sessions throughout the week. To learn more about the tournament, ticket options, player fields, event policies and more, visit


In April 2019, MDE Sports, owned and led by Washington-based venture capitalist, entrepreneur and civic leader Ein, acquired the management rights of the Mubadala Citi DC Open tournament from the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a non-profit which provides free tennis and educational programs for children in underserved communities. This acquisition secured the Mubadala Citi DC Open’s future in the U.S. and specifically in Washington.


For more than 50 years, the Mubadala Citi DC Open has hosted top tennis talent in Rock Creek Park. The tournament was founded to support Arthur Ashe’s vision of playing a professional tennis tournament in a fully accessible public park. The Mubadala Citi DC Open has continued to build and expand the event, with the goal of positively impacting the Washington community and creating one of the best events in the world. The WTEF, a longtime beneficiary of the Mubadala Citi DC Open, capitalizes on the tournament annually for fundraising and has raised millions for youth programs in the Washington area.


About Mubadala Citi DC Open: The Mubadala Citi DC Open tournament, played in Washington DC, is one of the world’s premier tennis events and benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). The tournament was founded in 1969 by Donald Dell, John Harris and Arthur Ashe in its current location in Rock Creek Park with a vision of making pro tennis accessible for all athletes and fans in the Washington community. Beginning in 2019, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and DC native Mark Ein’s organization, MDE Tennis, began managing and operating the tournament under an agreement with WTEF. The organization provides underserved children in the DC area with a safe environment to learn critical life skills both on and off the courts through academic and athletic enrichment. The Mubadala Citi DC Open tennis tournament is the only combined ATP and WTA 500 level event in the world on the tour calendar and one of only five combined ATP/WTA tour events in the United States. After 55 years, it is also the longest-running professional tennis event at the same site in the United States.


About MDE Tennis: MDE Tennis, which is part of MDE Sports & Entertainment, oversees operations for the Mubadala Citi DC Open. Mark D. Ein is the CEO of MDE Sports & Entertainment and MDE Tennis. Ein is an investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, who has created, acquired, invested in and built a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries over the course of his 30-year career. During this time, Ein has been involved in the founding or early stages of six companies that have been worth over one billion dollars and has led over $10 billion of private equity, venture capital, and public company investments. Ein is the Founder and CEO of Capitol Investment Corporation, Venturehouse Group, LLC and Leland Investment Co. Ein is deeply dedicated to supporting his Washington area
community with active leadership roles on many community, charitable and cultural organizations including currently serving on the boards of the DC Public Education Fund (Chairman), DC College Access Program (DC-CAP), and DC Policy Center (Co-Founder). He formerly served on the Board of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) from 2012-2018 (serving as a Vice President of the Board from 2016-2018) and has served as a Presidential Appointee to the USTA Board since 2018. Ein has been a member of the World Economic Forum since 2016, and the Gridiron Club, the oldest and one of the most prestigious journalistic organizations in Washington, DC A native of the Washington, DC, area and a ball boy in his youth at the city’s summer pro tennis tournament that became the Citi Open, Ein was also the Founder and Owner of the Washington Kastles, the most successful team in World TeamTennis history. The Kastles won the league championship six of its 13 years in the league and holds the record for the longest winning streak in U.S. pro team sports history winning 34 straight matches from 2011 through 2013. I September 2009, Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty presented Ein with the Key to the City, highlighting his Washington Kastles success on the court and, “for their commitment to the District’s communities and our youth.” In September 2018, Ein founded the Washington Justice esports franchise in the Overwatch League, bringing the premier global esports league to the greater Washington, DC. region. Also in 2018, Ein acquired the Washington City Paper, the renowned weekly paper serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1981.


About Mubadala Investment Company: Mubadala Investment Company is a sovereign investor managing a global portfolio, aimed at generating sustainable financial returns for the Government of Abu Dhabi. Mubadala’s $302 billion (AED 1,111 billion) portfolio spans six continents with interests in multiple sectors and asset classes. We leverage our deep sectoral expertise and long-standing partnerships to drive sustainable growth and profit, while supporting the continued diversification and global integration of the economy of the United Arab Emirates. For over 15 years, Mubadala has been a steadfast supporter of tennis, nurturing talent, inspiring future players, and impacting communities worldwide. Mubadala's global impact includes partnerships with the Rio Open (2017), supporting underprivileged youth through the NERO program; the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic (2018), promoting diversity and inclusion in women's tennis; and the Mubadala Citi DC Open (2023), co-sponsoring an ATP and WTA 500 event in Washington, D.C. In May 2024, we partnered with the Washington Tennis Education Foundation (WTEF) to empower under-resourced youth through tennis and education. In Abu Dhabi, Mubadala has been committed to the development of tennis through a title sponsorship of the first sanctioned WTA tournament, Mubadala Abu Dhabi Open (MADO), since 2023 and community focused tennis initiatives like Road to MADO. For more information about Mubadala Investment Company, please visit:


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About WTEF:
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, DC. 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. We also engage 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. WTEF builds life champions. For more information,

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