ROGER FEDERER WILL PLAY HIS FIRST MATCH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AGAINST A CANADIAN
Tennis Canada – The Swiss will face the winner of the match between Polansky and Pospisil
Montreal, August 4, 2017 – The Rogers Cup presented by National Bank official draw took place on Friday at Uniprix Stadium. For the first time since 2011 in Monte-Carlo, Nadal and Federer find themselves at opposite ends of the draw as the tournament’s first and second seeds respectively.
Several first-round matches promise to be quite interesting, including the all-Canadian match-up between Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC). In 2013, Pospisil experienced a dream run in Montreal where he eliminated American John Isner and Czech Tomas Berdych. Polansky, meanwhile, has had recent success on the professional tour after reaching three consecutive finals at ATP Challenger events in Canada. The winner of this match will face-off against Federer in the second round, a match which will be disputed during the day session on Wednesday, August 9. This will be Federer’s first time playing in Montreal since 2011 and his first match since capturing his 19th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.
The young Canadian Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) will be opposing a qualifier in his first-round match. The 18-year-old will be looking to repeat his performance from last year when he defeated Nick Kyrgios in the opening round. His match will be played on Centre Court on Tuesday afternoon. Finally, world no. 194 Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON) will take on Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Raonic, who received a first-round bye as the tournament’s seventh seed, will be awaiting the winner of the match opposing Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Adrian Mannarino of France. Raonic is in search of his first title on the ATP Masters 1000 Tour. He came close to capturing the crown in 2013, but was stopped by Nadal in the final. The Spaniard will play his first match against the winner between Borna Coric and a qualifier.
Milk Family Weekend continues on August 5 and 6
Qualifying matches will begin on Saturday as part of the Milk Family Weekend. Until August 6, fans will have free access to the Rogers Cup site where they can see their favourite players in action as well as participate in a variety of scheduled activities including the Sportsnet Ball Hockey Challenger presented by Knapper. The match will take place on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on National Bank Court and will feature prominent NHL players such as Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Huberdeau and Alex Burrows.
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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