Citi Open 2012: Olympics Deplete Field, But Mardy Fish Is Here!

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 19: Mardy Fish fields questions from the media after retiring from his match due to injury against Gilles Muller of Luxenburg during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 19, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Mardy Fish headlines the field at the 2012 Citi Open.

Because the 2012 Citi Open is taking place at the same time as the 2012 Olympics, there aren't a lot of big name players at the tournament, but there are some quality players in Washington, D.C. for various reasons. In the case of Mardy Fish, it's because he wants to focus on his hard court game in the run-up to the US Open, and the Olympics are being played on grass. In the case of a few others, like Alexandr Dolgopolov, their country didn't select them to play.

The men's draw is quite a bit deeper than the women's draw, which has been almost entirely depleted by the London games. The highest ranked player is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the 28th ranked player in the world, and there's only one other woman in the top 50 in the field. In the men's field, seven of the players are ranked in the top 50.

Television coverage starts with the men's round of 16 on Thursday on the Tennis Channel. The final will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on Sunday. The women's tournament is not televised, likely because of the low quality of the tournament.

For more, head over to the official website of the 2012 Citi Open and stick with SB Nation's tennis hub.

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