Legendary tennis announcer set to retire

Charlie Brotman holds a large inaugural seal from 2005\'s inauguration, in his basement in Takoma Park, Md., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. Brotman has been an announcer at presidential inaugurations since 1957. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The Citi Open Finals took place Sunday afternoon at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Northwest. It was also the last time Charlie Brotman, the legendary voice that announced the event for the last 46 years, would work the event.

He has retired.

Brotman, 85, is also known as the “presidential announcer” who’s provided “play- by-play” of the inaugural parade since President Dwight Eisenhower’s was reelected back in 1956. Two years later, Brotman started announcing the Washington tournament — now known as the Citi Open — during its first year.

The versatile broadcaster was an on-air radio/TV personality in the


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