Think of July 30 as men’s day at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. The crowd has waited a year to see the Bryan twins and tonight should be the night. Bob and Mike are scheduled to meet Jared Donaldson and Stefan Kozlov in the last match of the evening on Stadium court in the Citi Open tennis tournament. The Bryans withdrew last year citing an injury to Bob’s shoulder.
American Sam Querrey challenges fourth-seeded Kei Nishikoria of Japan around 4 p.m. on Stadium court. Jack Sock is scheduled to meet second-seed Milos Raonic in the next match, not to begin before 6 p.m. Next comes top-seed Tomas Berdych versus American qualifier Robby Ginepri.
The second-seed doubles, Alexander Peya and Burno Soares play Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in the last match of the evening on Grandstand 2. Prior to that, the court will feature qualifier Rajeev Ram against 13th-seed Vasek Pospisil.
Fifth-seed John Isner attempts to advance against Steve Johnson on Grandstand 1 in a match that is supposed to start after 6 p.m. Isner had a first round bye; Johnson beat James Duckworth 6-3, 7-6(4).
If you are interested in seeing the future of the Women’s Tennis Association, head to Rock Creek Park. Three of the top eight seeds and the defending champ were eliminated in the first round.
When action opens July 30 at 1:30 p.m., American Shelby Rogers will attempt to knock out Marina Erakovic. Shelby, ranked 121 in the world, eliminated third-seed Alize Cornet, ranked 21 in the world, 7-5,4-6, 6-4 Monday. Japan’s Kurumi Nara dropped seventh-seeded Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5 Monday.
France’s Kristina Mladenovic upset top-seeded Lucie Safarove 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday. Entering the match Safarove was ranked 17th in the world; Mladenovic was ranked 78th. DC-favorite Sloane Stephens exited after the first round falling to fellow American Christina McHale 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
“I made a lot of errors,” Stephens said afterwards. “Unfortunately I played poorly in the third set and she played pretty well. That’s how you win.” Although Stephens entered the Citi Open ranked 22nd in the world, this was the seventh time she’s been eliminated in the first round in 2014.
Mladenovic faces another fan favorite tonight in quailifer Taylor Townsend in Grandstand 2 at 4 p.m. Townsend topped German Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-2,6-3 to advance. Townsend is coached by Zina Garrison of Washington, D.C.