World’s top players in Canada for two major tournaments.
The tournament formerly known as the Canadian Open has been played since 1881, making it the third oldest event on the tennis calendar. A prestigious competition for both men and women, the vast majority of the leading players will be in Toronto and Montreal this week for the annual Rogers Cup. Keep reading for our preview of all this week’s tennis action.
Rogers Cup – Men’s
Only the US Open and Wimbledon have a longer history than the Rogers Cup, previously known as the Canadian Open. It dates back to 1881 and is shared between the cities of Montreal and Toronto with Toronto hosting this year’s men’s event.
It is one of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events which means that it attracts a very strong field every year. The ‘big four’ in men’s tennis have dominated this tournament since 2004 with two wins for Andy Murray and Roger Federer and three wins apiece for Novak Djokovic and last year’s winner, Rafael Nadal.
With the exception of Nadal, all of the world’s top ten are back in Canada this year and so the draw includes the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer.
In 2013 Milos Raonic became the first Canadian player to reach the final of the tournament since 1958 and there will be plenty of support for the local favourite and seventh seed.
It’s a hard court tournament which should favour Djokovic although Andy Murray will hope to have a good week having slipped to number 10 in the world rankings.
Rogers Cup – Women’s
While the men’s tournament takes place in Toronto, the world’s best women head to the Stade Uniprix in Montreal.
Fourteen of the world’s top sixteen women will be in Canada with only the injured Li Na and the soon-to-be world number two Simona Halep missing out. Serena Williams will be the top seed having won the tournament three times, most recently in 2013.
This is invariably a very open tournament, evidenced by the fact that there have been 18 different finalists in the women’s event since 2004. Serena Williams is the favourite although Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is in good form and won the competition in 2012. Maria Sharapova is a previous finalist and could go well although most of the crowd will be willing on a home favourite.
It’s been a terrific year for the home star Eugenie Bouchard after her run to the Wimbledon final and her rise to the world’s top ten. Bouchard is now ranked number seven in the world and could very well go deep into this tournament.
It may also be worth keeping an eye on former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane has been in some decent form in recent weeks, winning in Istanbul. Wozniacki is another former winner of this event and could go well at longer odds.