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Tennis: Bouchard, Berdych highlight Citi Open fields

Ten of the best 50 female tennis players in the world will compete in the Citi Open in Washington, DC, beginning July 28. Leading the field is seventh-ranked Eugenie Bouchard, a 2014 Wimbledon finalist. DC-darlin’ Sloane Stephens (22) and twice defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova (36) are also competing.

The women’s main draw player field, also features former world No. 2 and Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (No. 26), Americans Madison Keys (No. 27) local favorite Alison Riske (No. 46), and Lauren Davis (No. 43) as well as top international stars Lucie Safarova (No. 17), Alize Cornet, (No. 21) and Sorana Cirstea (No. 29).

Seventy-one players are inked to play at Rock Creek Park. In addition, Citi Open Tournament Wild Card Challenge champion and rising tennis star Usue Arconada will also play to qualify into the main draw, following her first-ever pro win at last year’s tournament at 14 years old, making her the second youngest girl to reach that feat.

The remaining spots will be filled with the winners of the qualifying tournament on July 26-27 and wild cards. The top-ranked qualifiers are Kiki Bertens (79), Kristina Mladenovic (81) and Johanna Konta (89). Taylor Townsend is also in the field. The highlight of her season was beating Cornet in the second round of the French Open in March.

The men’s tournament features three top 10 players in its field. Leading the way is world No. 5 Tomas Berdych. He joins fellow top ten players, including Milos Raonic (No. 7) and Grigor Dimitrov (No. 9).

Kei Nishikori (No. 11), 2013 Citi Open runner-up John Isner (No. 12); and Richard Gasquet (No. 14), Kevin Anderson (No. 17), Gael Monfils (No. 23) and Feliciano Lopez (No. 25), round out the men’s singles field in the top 25.

In addition, Wimbledon doubles champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock (10) will compete in men’s singles. The doubles field will be announced later. It will be headlined by world No. 1 team Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who will vie for their 99th team career title.