We get the men this year. Not to contribute to sexism in sport, but I think we have the better of the deal this year because the men’s draw in tennis is so deep. To add to it at least 71 of the top 75 players in the world have indicated that they are coming to Montreal, so even with the usual last minute drop outs this should translate to 9 days of superior tennis.
The Rogers Cup tennis tournament, in one form or another, has been presented since 1881 making the 3rd longest running tennis tournament to Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That we have hosted a tournament of such high calibre for so long should be a source of pride to Montrealers. We are a city that is definitely on the tennis map. Pride should not only come from the longevity, but also from the fact that it is ranked as a Masters 1000 event on the ATP tour making amongst the most prestigious and important tournaments in the world. It is placed at the beginning of the hard court season and players use it as a warm up for the U.S. Open. Due to the importance and prestige the prize money at the tournament sits around a total of 3 million dollars.
Past winners of the men’s side of the Rogers Cup include Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Rafael Nadal. As I said, most of the top ranked players will be here. All the big names like Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tommy Haas, and Novak Djokovic will be playing. Other players that should be fun to watch that are attending the tournament include David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Richard Gasquet, and Tomas Berdych. There is some added excitement as Canadian Milos Raonic presents our best chance in many years for one of our own to win the tournament. He is seeded 13th in the tournament and due to the excitement his strong play has generated they have already announced that his 1st round match will happen on Tuesday evening. This is your opportunity to see them up close and personal.
Besides the tennis there will be other activities going on. There will be plenty of shops set up where you can buy tennis clothing and equipment, plus other types of vendors. There usually are plenty of free giveaways going on as well. Over the first weekend in which qualifying to get into the main draw happens it is Family Weekend and tickets to access the site are free. On this weekend there will be inflatable games for kids to enjoy. Also happening on the first weekend is a celebrity ball hockey game taking place. It will be Habs’ fans first opportunity to see Daniel Briere since he signed with the team as he is participating along with former Montreal Canadiens’ player Mathieu Darche and one of the goaltenders from the Canadian Women’s National Hockey team, Charline Labonte.
-Dates: August 2-11, 2013
-Venue: Uniprix Stadium
-Ticket Purchase: www.rogerscup.com
-Ticket Prices: $25.00+ (plus handling charges)