ANDY MURRAY AND MARIN CILIC WITHDRAW FROM ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK
Tennis Canada – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will be the top two seeds
Montreal, August 3, 2017 – Tennis Canada announced Thursday that World No. 1 Andy Murray and world no. 6 Marin Cilic have withdrawn from Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
This is the second consecutive year that Murray will miss Canada’s Masters 1000 event after competing in the tournament every year from 2006-2016. The Scot needs more time to heal his hip injury.
“I am sad to be missing the tournament in Montreal because I have many great memories from my time in Canada. I am doing everything I can to return as quickly as possible” said Murray.
Murray has enjoyed a lot of success in Montreal and Toronto, winning the event three times. In 2015, he defeated Novak Djokovic in the final to win his second title in Montreal. For his part, Cilic posted his best Canadian result in 2008 when he reached the quarter-finals.
“We would have liked for Andy to be able to defend his title that he won here in 2015, but we wish him a very speedy recovery and to Marin Cilic as well following his great run at Wimbledon,” said Eugène Lapierre, Tournament Director of Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Following the withdrawal of Murray, Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Roger Federer (SUI) will now be the top two seeds in Montreal and will be placed at the top and bottom of the draw. Rising stars Dominic Thiem (AUT) and Alexander Zverev (GER) will round out the top 4.
Nadal and Federer will practice this weekend
Nadal and Federer will arrive in Montreal over the next few days and will begin their Rogers Cup preparations on Centre Court. Fans who will be attending Milk Family Weekend on Friday can see Nadal practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Meanwhile, Federer will hit his first balls on Saturday August 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. From August 4-6, the Rogers Cup site is open to the public for Milk Family Weekend. Fans can watch their favourite players practice, attend qualifying matches, and enjoy the various activities around the site.
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a prestigious tournament administered by Tennis Canada and which welcomes, year after year, the biggest stars in professional tennis. In 2017, the men’s event will be held in Montreal from August 4-13 at Uniprix Stadium while the women will be in Toronto from August 5-13 at Aviva Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.CoupeRogers.com.
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About Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a Tennis Canada owned and operated world-class tournament celebrating its 125th anniversary of the women’s event from August 5-13, 2017 at Aviva Centre in Toronto and its 137th anniversary of the men’s event from August 4-13, 2017 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. As a WTA Premier 5 tournament, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, and US Open Series event, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will showcase the world’s best players. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is the third-oldest title in tennis, behind only Wimbledon and the US Open. For more information and tickets visit www.rogerscup.com.
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Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 10 professional ITF-sanctioned events and financially supports 12 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates national junior training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada, please visit our website at www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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