Citi Open boss takes Serena Williams to visit Washington Monument

Citi Open tournament director Mark Ein took 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams for visit around Washington. 

Williams, 40, isn’t competing at this week’s Citi Open in Washington but she is in the city, preparing to kick off her summer on hard courts. 

While in DC, Williams visited the Washington Monument. 

“Always love showing the tourists around my town,” Ein wrote in his post.

Serena Williams practiced with her sister Venus Williams

This past weekend, the Williams sisters hit the practice courts together at the Citi Open. 

Serena isn’t compting this week but her sister is. 

10 days ago, Venus was announced as a wildcard recipient for this year’s Citi Open edition. 

Venus, 42, is competing at her first singles tournament since last year’s August. 

Also, Venus is making her Citi Open debut at the age of 42. 

“I am excited to be playing the Citi Open for the first time this summer,” Williams said. “I love Washington, DC, and returning to the nation’s capital to play in front of a community that has supported me so strongly feels like a homecoming. I am looking forward to being back on the courts and competing in DC soon.”

In the first round, Venus plays qualifier Rebecca Marino. 

Tracy Austin, an American tennis legend, is excited about seeing Venus back to action.

“42 and what I was curious about was to see her draw. As an unseeded player, she’s going to be dangerous. Who did she get, she got a qualifier. So I think that’s a nice draw for her to be able to work her way in,” Austin said on Tennis Channel.

Next week, both Serena and Venus are expected to compete at the National Bank Open in Toronto. 

The Williams sisters are also expected to compete in Cincinnati and then the US Open.