Local teenager Francis Tiafoe will be the top seed in the men’s draw for the first-ever local qualifying tournament for the Citi Open. The four-day event begins Saturday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center at the College Park Tennis Club. Tiafoe, who was seeded No. 1 at the French Open junior event earlier this month before losing in the second round, received a first-round bye and will play his first match at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The 16-year-old from Riverdale Park learned the game at the host facility, where his father worked as a maintenance man.
Winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles in this tournament will receive a wild-card entry in a two-day qualifier held July 26-27, immediately before the Citi Open begins on July 28 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Northwest.
Patrick Daciek of Wesley Chapel, Fla., is the second seed and Brandon Weston of District Heights is No. 3. The men’s field includes 128 players.
Kateryna Yergina, 23, of Woodbridge is the top seed in the women’s field of 32. An all-CAA player at Virginia Commonwealth, Yergina is a native of Ukraine.
The second seed in the women’s draw is 15-year-old Usue Arconada of Puerto Rico. Arconado, who was born in Argentina, won her first WTA match at last year’s Citi Open qualifying. College Park’s JTCC is her home base.
Both the men and women will play two rounds on Saturday, two Sunday, and quarterfinals and semifinals Monday. The women’s final is 10 a.m. Tuesday, the men’s at noon. Complete draws can be found at citiopentennis.com.