One of the perks in working in sports and entertainment industry is the luxury box. Even if you’re not a sports fan, it’s fun to have your own little room filled with food and tasty beverages, away from the crowds yet close to the action. Being the tennis fans we are, we were thrilled when the boss inked a contract to sponsor a box at the CitiOpen, Washington D.C.’s annual tournament that brings top players to town like Raonic, Nishikori, Berdych and the Bryan Brothers.
We would spend almost all of 7 days and nights at the tournament as hostess and fan, entertaining clients, networking with business partners and hanging out with friends of the program. The Citi Open is like a teeny tiny US Open as part of the ATP World Tour 500 (men) and WTA Tour (women). It’s home is the Fitzgerald Tennis Center, built for $11mm in 1989 on National Park Service land in the heart of Rock Creek Park just 4 miles from our home in Chevy Chase. Arthur Ashe Stadium holds 7500 fans and surrounding courts allow you to get right next to the action, ball-girl close. There are food courts and fan attractions, like Wii Tennis, live bands, bartender events and meet the players.
Tennis week kicked off Sunday night at 8pm with the Player Party at POV, the rooftop lounge at the W Hotel, the same place we started our Just Us reception after getting married at the Jefferson Memorial.
We’re usually settling in at 8pm on a Sunday, relaxing with a Skinny Cow ready for the new episode of Ray Donovan before the Monday 6am alarm. We rally for tennis! The party was popping with players, fans, local celebs. Here are two you may know on the red carpet.
We took this pic of men’s winner Milos Raonic as he was being interviewed by the Tennis Channel, which would be broadcast in 185 countries,
We had a great routine that week, I would metro or uber to the box around 3, Eric would meet me there around 5:30. We would eat dinner, schmooze and watch tennis. Fun! At the final match on Sunday we had a few special guests join us for the CitiOpen experience.