What time is Emma Raducanu vs Louisa Chirico – How to watch
Emma Raducanu has seen her Citi Open debut pushed back after the withdrawal of drawn opponent Marie Bouzkova.
Bouzkova won the Prague Open and wasn’t able to make the trip over to the United States in time to face Raducanu in the Round of 32 on Monday.
Raducanu will now face American qualifier, Louisa Chirico, in a late match on Tuesday.
Chirico has a stated preference for clay court tournaments and battled through a pair of three-setters in the qualifying tournament.
She has spent much of the season entering ITF tournaments but is eager to put in a shift in a bid to reach the US Open main draw.
British fans might need to set their alarms for the Emma Raducanu vs Louisa Chirico match which is scheduled to start no earlier than 01:20 (BST) on Wednesday morning.
Raducanu has said that she is looking forward to playing at the intimate Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
“I’m really looking forward to playing here because I really like the city, from what I’ve seen so far.
“The fans and the spectators have been great.
“It’s amazing how they can get so close and watch the action live.
“It’s something that I wish there was more of when I was growing up, going to the tournaments, getting so close.
“I think it’s really inspirational for everyone, but the younger generation especially.”
Raducanu will know when she steps out on court whether her second round opponent will be former Grand Slam winner Sofia Kenin or Colombia’s Camila Osorio.
The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, has since been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis.
Those innovations include blue courts, instant replay/video boards in the stadium, US Open Series, Sunday Main Draw start and, starting in 2009, an ATP “500” level tournament.
In 2012 a WTA Tour event was added to the existing men’s tournament which had been started all the way back in 1969.
Despite the competing Silicon Valley Classic, which has WTA 500 status, the Citi Open has attracted a strong women’s field including American No 1 and defending champion Jessica Pegula.
Pegula made quick work of compatriot Hailey Baptiste on Monday and will face Daria Saville in the Round of 16 on Wednesday.
Venus Williams also makes her return to the WTA Tour when she faces Canada’s Rebecca Marino from 01:00 (BST) on Tuesday.
How to watch Emma Raducanu vs Louisa Chirico
The Citi Open in Washington DC will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom through the Amazon Prime over the top streaming service.
Viewers in the United States can stream the event on the Tennis Channel or watch on the MSG network.
Fans in Australia can watch through WTA and ATP Tour partner Bein Sports.
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