The Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament, previously known as the Canadian Open, is one of the premiere events on the WTA and ATP tours and has been held since 1881, making it the third oldest tennis tournament in the world (after Wimbledon and the US Open). The men and women’s events alternate between Toronto and Montreal- this year Montreal plays hosts to the men and is presenting a special award to the legendary Jimmy Connors…
The Rogers Cup Men’s Tournament is being held at the Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park from August 5-14 in Montreal. It’s a beautiful setting to see some world-class athletics. There are two permanent stadiums: the large court, which has around 11,000 seats, and the smaller, more intimate venue which holds around 4000 fans, making it a fairly unique place to see tennis of this caliber.
Though unfortunately surging Canadian phenom Milos Raonic will not be playing due to injury, the best male tennis players in the world will be there (as a “ATP Master Series Event” it’s a mandatory tournament for the top 45 players in the world). As always, all eyes will be on the Top 3 players in the world: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, whose rivalry is already considered one of the sport’s greatest, and, of course, Novak Djokovic, the world’s #1 ranked player. Djokovic, who spent four years behind Nadal and Federer in the rankings, grabbed the top spot with his incredible performance at the 2011 Wimbledon Championship, which culminated with a win over Nadal.
For the 2011 tournament, organizers have focused on creating more complementary schedules between the events in Montreal and Toronto, so tennis fans will be able to watch more of the women’s tournament on-site. But perhaps the most exciting news is that the one and only Jimmy Connors will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame on Monday, August 8. Connors, who played in the Rogers Cup eight times, is a former #1 ranked player who won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles. He remains one of tennis’ great personalities, in large part for his amazing (and highly charged and contentious) rivalry with John McEnroe. This will be an unmissable week and a half for tennis fans.
Rogers Cup Men’s Tournament, August 5-14, 2011
Stade Uniprix, 285 Faillon West, (514) 273-7868