Citi Open Crowns New Champions (photos)

Milos Raonic (Canada) returns against Steve Johnson (USA) in a quarterfinal match. Raonic won 7-6 (2), 6-2 on August 1 on his way to the championship.
Jeff Malet
Milos Raonic (Canada) returns against Steve Johnson (USA) in a quarterfinal match. Raonic won 7-6 (2), 6-2 on August 1 on his way to the championship.

World's seventh-ranked Milos Raonic prevailed over his fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil in a historic all-Canadian Men's Final at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament at the FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park on Aug. 3. Raonic beat Pospisil in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 aided by what some describe as the best serve in Tennis. In other court action, former Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated diminutive 5' 1" Kurumi Nara of Japan in a marathon match that exceeded two hours 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the women's singles title. In the day's first match, the Dutch and Romanian doubles team of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau defeated Indian doubles legend Leander Paes and Australian Samuel Groth in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to win the Citi Open doubles event. Leander Paes is well known to local fans as a charter member of the champion Washington Kastles league tennis team. For the winners, it was their fifth ATP doubles title of the year. The day also marked the retirement of legendary D.C. public address announcer Charlie Brotman. Brotman has been behind the microphone for every inaugural parade since 1957, when President Dwight Eisenhower was sworn in for his second term. He has been the Citi Open public address announcer since 1969.

View our photos of the finals days action at the Citi Open by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet)

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