Rogers Cup welcomes World’s Top Women Tennis Players
Rogers Cup defending champion Elina Svitolina returns to Montréal to defend her title when the best women tennis players in the world come to town for the 2018 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
The prestigious WTA Premier 5 tournament event will be held at Montréal’s IGA Stadium from August 3 to 12, and is widely-considered by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the tour. In addition to the singles and doubles titles, players will compete for more than US$3 million in prize money.
Current WTA World No. 1 and 2016 Rogers Cup champion Simona Halep – who won her first Grand Slam title at Roland-Garros in 2018 – is one of the 25 best players in the world who will compete at the 39th edition of the Montréal tournament.
Other Grand Slam champions such as Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will all attempt to take home the title.
Says Tournament Director Eugène Lapierre, “The 2018 season has been very interesting on the WTA tour, as we have a happy amalgamation of players, some who are well established in their thirties, but still as threatening as ever, others who have previously been World No. 1 and seem to still be at the top of their game and the young guns who continue to progress and could shake things up.”
Click here for the updated player list.
The 56-player draw will be completed with the addition of the Wild Cards (Eugenie Bouchard is one of three Canadian players to receive a Wild Card) and the players who will make it through the qualifying rounds.
Tennis Canada has announced that seven of the Top 50 players in the world will compete in the qualifying draw on August 4 and 5, including Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, currently ranked No. 24 in the world and a former member of the Top 10. Suarez Navarro is expected to be the favourite in the qualifying draw. The Italian Camila Giorgi is another player to keep an eye on, as she recently reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon, defeating Anastasija Sevastova and Ekaterina Makarova before losing to Serena Williams in three sets.
A La Carte & Ready-to-Eat
The Rogers Cup offers food and beverage options for every palette and all budgets, from restaurants to fast-food concession stands. Click here for the full list of dining options and their menus.
The tournament kicks off with the popular IGA Family Weekend, which runs from Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5. Tennis fans will be able to access the site for free to attend qualifying matches and player practices. This is a unique opportunity to get closer to the best players in the world.
Families can also take part in a number of on-site activities such as face painting and musical guests. Three popular events also take place during Family Weekend: the annual celebrity match on August 3, when local personalities and a few players will participate in a tie-break ten style tennis tournament; the Knapper Ball Hockey Challenge on August 4; and the soccer match featuring members of the MLS team Montreal Impact on August 5. All matches begin at 2 pm.
New this year are two events whose goal is to empower women and young girls.
The Fearlessly Girl conference on August 6 will feature a panel of speakers – including WTA No. 12-ranked player Madison Keys and mental health advocate Rebecca Marino – to help raise awareness about bullying. The conference is aimed at girls aged 12 to 16.
The second event is the Successful Women brunch on August 8 that will unite Montréal businesswomen for a morning of networking and a panel discussion.
Rogers Cup 101
The Rogers Cup offers radio earpieces that allow fans to tune in to either the Sportsnet or TVA Sports broadcaster feed while watching matches on Centre Court. If you’re a National Bank customer, you can pick up a free radio earpiece at the on-site National Bank kiosk.
Public transport for Rogers Cup ticket holders is free on the date of your session. Click here for info.
The Rogers Cup, presented by National Bank, runs from August 3 to 12. For tickets and more information, visit couperogers.com.
Richard Burnett, blogger
Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.
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