It’s hot in Montreal lately, but it’s about to get even hotter. In a month, the biggest names in tennis will all be in Montreal! So far, 43 of the top 45 female tennis players in the world have confirmed they’ll compete in the Rogers Cup/Canadian Open , which takes place at the Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park, August 13-22.
We’re pretty pumped for this influx of awesome. The tournament has been around since 1881 and is the oldest after Wimbledon and the US Open. The top seated Serena Williams will be in town, as will defending champ Elena Dementieva.
Also, you don’t want to miss the PLAYER PARTY red carpet event, one of the most popular and glamorous red carpet events of summer. This year, tennis legend Chris Evert will be on hand, as will Misstress Barbara, Jean-René Dufort and celebrated Québec fashion designers in a runway show by Chiccane.com, a shop dedicated to local designers.
Here at the Buzz we promise to keep you posted on how to maximize your Rogers Cup experience, but for now here are a few Insider Tips to get you started!
Where to stay: Since there aren’t many big hotels near Jarry Park, chances are you’ll be staying downtown. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is the tournament sponsor, and right in the action. It also offers shuttle buses to the tennis complex! All Ticket Holders of the Rogers Cup also have free Access to the STM Public Transit Network, so any hotel near a metro will work.
What to do: The tournament is held in Jarry Park, in Parc-Extension. This is one of the most multicultural, harmonious and tasty neighbourhoods in Montreal. Start the day with a killer latte in Montreal’s Little Italy [link]. Prior to the match, pick up some fresh Quebec cheeses & bagette at the jaw-droppingly inspiring Jean-Talon Market, or try any of the authentic (and very affordable) Indian joints along Jean-Talon or upper St-Laurent. After your match, catch a show at the Circus Arts Festival.
Roger’s Cup tennis, presented by National Bank
Uniprix Stadium, Jarry Park
285, rue Faillon Ouest
MÉTRO/SUBWAY: De Castelnau or Jarry
Tickets 514-273-1234 Toll-free 1-800-361-4595