Tennis in Canada is on the rise and our country is now producing some of the top talent in the world, including pro Milos Raonic and emerging player Eugenie Bouchard. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is set to take place in Toronto from August 3-11, and in Montreal from August 2-11. Rogers customers who’d like to watch the aces and faults in person can also receive 25% off tickets to the events.
To help get you prepped for the action, Connected Rogers spoke with Karl Hale, the tournament director for this year’s Toronto event.
What highlights can fans expect at this year’s Rogers Cup?
Karl Hale: We have a lot of different initiatives but, probably the most exciting is we’re bringing in a lot of legends. Opening night, we have the Williams sisters playing Monica Seles and Eugenie Bouchard. Then, Friday night, we have Andy Roddick taking on an ATP player. On Saturday, we have Pete Sampras and John McEnroe, and Sunday, before the final, we have John McEnroe and Jim Courier.
How important is the progress of Canadian Eugenie Bouchard? She seems to moving up the rankings.
KH: She is quickly becoming a tremendous asset. It’s her first year out of juniors and she’s already cracked the Top 60. She’ll probably reach Top 40 this year, so we’re very excited to feature her on the opening night with [Seles], and hopefully she’ll get a favourable draw that will get her deep into the tournament.
Will she have to qualify or will she be automatically in the main draw?
KH: With the tremendous player field and only 39 entries for the main draw, her ranking didn’t make the cutoff, but we’ve granted her a wild-card spot so she doesn’t have to qualify. People are really going to enjoy her play on the court.
Catch the Action: Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank gets underway on August 3. Sportsnet will have coverage August 5-9 from Toronto & Montreal events, and you can live-stream the full tournament with Rogers Anyplace TV™ using your smartphone, tablet or computer.