On Saturday, Sam Querrey and Genie Bouchard enjoyed a guided tour of the White House ahead of the Citi Open, which kicks off on Monday in Washington, D.C. It was the American and Canadian's first visit to the home and workplace of President Barack Obama and his family.
The two were able to retrace the steps of a White House staffer on a typical workday, starting off at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, then making their way across the street to the White House’s mythical West Wing.
“The highlight was definitely seeing the Oval Office,” Querrey said. “I didn’t think we would get a chance to look at that, so it was cool to take a peek and see where the president works. It was a Saturday so it was pretty quiet, but it was great to see the grounds.”
Querrey and Bouchard gained a rare glimpse at the priceless artifacts adorning the White House and even took home a sweet treat – a box of blue and white presidential M&Ms.
Sam Querrey is No. 29 in the Emirates ATP Rankings coming into Washington. He is coming off a quarter-final run at Wimbledon (l. to Raonic), where he scored a famous upset of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round. His best showing in Washington was a semi-final finish in 2012 (l. to Dolgopolov). Bouchard holds her ranking at No. 40, which happens to be the highest ranked Canadian player. In 2012 Bouchard reached the Quarterfinals in Washington, and is slated to face Camila Giorgi in the first round. Main draw play at the Citi Open, an ATP World Tour 500 event, kicks off 18 July.