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Never too late: Alex Bogomolov evolves from teen tabloid headliner to solid tennis pro

Never too late: Alex Bogomolov evolves from teen tabloid headliner to solid tennis pro

Jul. 28 | By Christopher Lancette Five years may have passed since current world No. 81 Alex Bogomolov Jr., got the worst news of his pro career but the memory still burns inside him even at age 30 as he returns to the Citi Open in Washington D.C. this week. With...

Bobby Reynolds Still Chasing Dreams, Giving Back To The Game He Loves

Bobby Reynolds Still Chasing Dreams, Giving Back To The Game He Loves

Jul. 18 | By Christopher Lancette Bobby Reynolds It is a scorching hot summer day in College Park, Maryland and Bobby Reynolds has gone from the raucous crowds supporting his Washington Kastles World Team Tennis matches to the obscurity of pumping iron...

Irina Falconi swings hard, laughs hard

Irina Falconi swings hard, laughs hard

Aug. 23 | [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJWa9JY-mBY&w=560&h=343] - Video produced by Wonok Kim -   By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON — Third-year pro Irina Falconi and I sit down at a bar. It’s open mic night for comedians and...

Nuggets: Citi Open 2012 in review – singles, doubles and kid journalist at large

Nuggets: Citi Open 2012 in review – singles, doubles and kid journalist at large

Aug. 8 | By Christopher Lancette Emptying out my reporter’s notebook of observations, facts, ruminations and other random thoughts from the Citi Open … One of the great things about covering any tournament is seeing players up close that I have not seen...

Electric Alexandr Dolgopolov wins Citi Open championship

Electric Alexandr Dolgopolov wins Citi Open championship

Aug. 6 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON – When Alexandr Dolgopolov spots a ball he can attack, he springs to life like a sleeping dog smelling a whiff of bacon. The 23-year-old almost levitates as shuffles his feet into position, draws the next shot or...

Rybarikova wins Citi Open title; Dolgopolov and Haas to play for men’s championship

Rybarikova wins Citi Open title; Dolgopolov and Haas to play for men’s championship

Aug. 4 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON – Unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova completed her remarkable romp through the 2012 Citi Open by upsetting top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (No. 28) 6-1, 6-1. The world No. 102 knocked out all three of the top-seeded...

Dolgopolov rallies, men’s semifinals and women’s finals set at Citi Open

Dolgopolov rallies, men’s semifinals and women’s finals set at Citi Open

Aug. 3 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON — Second seed Alexandr Dolgopolov came within one point of going down 0-4 in the first set but rallied for a 7-6, 6-4 win over fan favorite James Blake on Friday. He will play Sam Querrey at 7 p.m. Saturday in...

Citi Open cold chills: Remembering the day Lindsay Lee-Waters taught me a lesson

Citi Open cold chills: Remembering the day Lindsay Lee-Waters taught me a lesson

Aug. 1 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON – Cold chills shot up my spine the moment I spotted her on the court today at the Citi Open.  I hadn’t noticed her name when the tournament announced the women’s draw but there she was standing right in front...

World Team Tennis nuggets – Kastles raise cash for charity; Redskins, FLOTUS abound

World Team Tennis nuggets – Kastles raise cash for charity; Redskins, FLOTUS abound

Jul. 18 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON – The Washington Kastles have won 22 consecutive World Team Tennis matches over the past two seasons but their biggest victory came on July 17. That’s when they united with other athletes, politicians and reporters...

Party time! World Team Tennis returns for festive 2012

Party time! World Team Tennis returns for festive 2012

Jul. 12 | By Christopher Lancette There are a number of reasons I would like to see the ATP and WTA seasons trimmed down but one of the best for fans could be that more players might be willing to play World Team Tennis. If there’s one quirky stretch of the...

Tennis gets hotter in Washington, D.C. as WTA joins men in newly named Citi Open

Tennis gets hotter in Washington, D.C. as WTA joins men in newly named Citi Open

Apr. 24 | By Christopher Lancette WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2012 — Every good showman knows that rule No. 1 is “Give people what they want.” Citi, the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and Lagardere Unlimited are doing just that this summer...

Paes and Stepanek take relationship to next level – Australian Open quarters

Paes and Stepanek take relationship to next level – Australian Open quarters

Jan. 22 | By Christopher Lancette New relationships are tricky – those first few dates so riddled with angst, doubt and jitters of all varieties. Is this someone I want to spend time with? Will this work? Should we go out again? The Australian Open doubles...