Your guide to the Rogers Cup in Montreal

Votre guide pour la Coupe Rogers de Montréal

Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth Associated Press
The players established, as Simona Halep, will face rising stars and others whose reputation is more to do.

Montreal and Toronto are from Saturday, the best rackets of the world on the occasion of the Rogers Cup. This year, the men are on the side of the Queen City and the women have appointments in the city of quebec for a tournament that promises to be very relieved. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the competition in montreal, which will take place until 12 August.

A important tournament

The women’s tournament of the Rogers Cup, to be presented in Montreal or Toronto — the two cities host the men and women alternating each year — is one of the most important on the circuit of the Women’s Tennis Association. It is one of the five tournaments “First 5” which are part of the competitions most prestigious after the four Grand Slam tournaments. It is sort of the female equivalent of the tournament series “Masters” in men.

“These are the tournaments that offer the most points and the highest purses on the circuit. It is for this reason that it becomes almost a compulsory stop, ” said Eugene Lapierre, the tournament director of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. This year, the fellowship of the competition in montreal is 2.8 million us dollars.

The best at your appointment

This year again, the best rackets of the world will be (almost) all present Montreal. For the moment, only two players in the top 25 have had to concede : the American Madison Keys (12) and CoCo Vandeweghe (19th). “There are still a lot of big guns in the running, so it should be very interesting,” says Mr. Lapierre.

If the men’s tournament presented to Toronto is more predictable, with the heads of a series of well-known, it is much more difficult to predict the outcome of the women’s competition. “For a year or two, it is fairly open, and there is a sort of transformation going on the circuit,” notes the director of the tournament.

In his opinion, three generations will compete this year. First, the players set that are Simona Halep (1st), Caroline Wozniacki (2nd), Sloane Stephens (3rd), Garbiñe Muguruza (7th), or even Petra Kvitová (8th). “For me, this is one of those girls who will be the main contender for the title. “

In their lawsuit, it will be necessary to monitor the rising stars in the early twenties ” who do not have cold in the eyes “, as Jelena Ostapenko (11th), Daria Kasatkina (13th) and Naomi Osaka (17th). “These girls are hitting it as if it was the last ball they were going to hit of their career. “

Finally, we should not forget those whose reputation is more to do, and which are still among the best, even if they advance in age : the sisters Williams, Venus (14th) and Serena (26th), just like Maria Sharapova (the 22nd).

Regardless of the manner in which the tournament will be held, the time of the games annoying to the women’s tennis is over, insists Mr. Lapierre. “We see girls serve at 180 km/h and returns almost as hard. There is more exchange of moon balls. “

The qualifications will take place this weekend and the main draw will begin Monday.

We see girls serve at 180 km/h and returns almost as hard. There is more exchange of moon balls.

— Eugène Lapierre

Canadian women to watch

Last year, it is the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, which has dazzled in Montreal by beating Rafael Nadal, before losing in the semi-final with Alexander Zverev. This year, Eugène Lapierre hopes that it will be the turn of Eugenie Bouchard (123rd) to shine in it.

“It appears to be in good dispositions, it has won games, it has done well in the Cup Fed here in the spring, she has won matches at Wimbledon, so why not. “

Among other Canadian women, it will be necessary to monitor Ontario’s Carol Zhao (138th) and Montreal’s Françoise Abanda (193e), which will likely benefit from the package of the Ontario Bianca Andreescu (181st) to move into the main table.

An attendance record to beat

Last year, the men’s tournament of the Rogers Cup presented in Montreal has attracted 216 097 spectators, a record. The pane feminine, it has attracted its largest crowd in 2014, with 181 996 spectators, before falling back to about 172 000 in 2016.

“My long-term goal, it is that the assistance of the girls catches up with that of the men’s tournament. It is quite possible and it has already been the case in the 1990s, ” recalls Eugène Lapierre, referring to the good old days of Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis.

For a reason difficult to define, it is clear that the women’s tennis current does not run to the mobs, the flap male. “No one has ever really been able to define the charism. What makes a person is going to have the rush of words and that people will want to follow, ” notes the director of the tournament in montreal.

This playful charismatic that makes heads turn may prove this week.

Shapovalov and Raonic in portions opposite the table

Toronto — The Ontario Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic are in portions opposite to the main draw of the men with a view of the Rogers Cup, the draw was held Friday in Toronto.

Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, will be measured by the Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round at the Aviva Center, on the campus of York University. Shapovalov is the 26th racket of the world and Chardy, the 43rd. Raonic, of Thornhill, 30th in the world, will face the Belgian David Goffin, 10th-seeded.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, 134th in the world, will cross swords with the French Lucas Pouille, 19 head of series.

The favourite is the world number 1, Rafael Nadal, the tournament champion in 2005, 2008 and 2013. He has a pass until the second round, where his rival will be Frenchman Benoit Paire or a qualifier.

Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, is in the same part of the table that Shapovalov. His first rival will be the Croatian Borna Coric. Peter Polansky of Thornhill, will face Australian Matthew Ebden. Alexander Zverev (the reigning champion), Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic are among the other players receiving a pass in the first round.