Rogers Cup presented by National Bank trophy to be designed by world-renowned designers Yabu Pushelberg and Cambria
Tennis Canada – Trophy to be designed in partnership with Cambria quartz and world-renowned Canadian designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg
– New iconic trophy design to pay homage to Canada
– Rogers Cup brings the best tennis players in the world to Toronto and Montreal this August
Toronto, July 6, 2017 – Tennis Canada announced Thursday that it is partnering with Cambria and world-renowned Canadian design firm Yabu Pushelberg to create an iconic new trophy design for the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. The champions in both Toronto and Montreal will lift the new trophies following the finals on Sunday August 13.
“This is the perfect time for a new trophy as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year and look ahead to the future,” said Karl Hale, tournament director, Rogers Cup Toronto. “We are thrilled and honoured to have two industry-leading design companies, Yabu Pushelberg and Cambria, collaborate to produce what we know will be a world-class trophy. Rogers Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the professional tours and we hope this trophy will not only serve to elevate the event, but also become synonymous with Rogers Cup and Canada. We can’t wait to see who will be the first champions to hold the new trophies.”
Yabu Pushelberg, founded by Canadians Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, is one of the most recognizable design firms in the world. Among its recent projects was designing Canada Olympic House at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Four Seasons New York Downtown.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our team to celebrate Canadian excellence and athleticism through design,” said George Yabu. “We want to capture the verve and history of the tournament through progressive use of materiality and sophisticated form.”
The trophy is set to feature both a Canadian theme and materials to reflect the long history and importance of Rogers Cup in Canadian tennis, in the country’s 150th anniversary year. Rogers Cup is the third-oldest tournament in all of tennis behind only Wimbledon and the US Open, with the first champion crowned on Canadian courts in 1881 for the men and 1892 for the women.
Cambria, a Silver Sponsor of Rogers Cup in both Toronto and Montreal, will provide quartz materials and state-of-the-art fabrication for the new trophies. There will be new trophies created for both the men’s and women’s singles and doubles champions, as well as the runners-up in each category.
“The spirit of this great collaboration really fits within Cambria’s core competency of design without compromise,” said Summer Kath, SVP of Design and Business Development for Cambria. “We thrive on crafting best in-class, high impact partnerships that drive innovation and purpose. Yabu Pushelberg was a natural fit and has pristinely demonstrated their high integrity and design excellence. The sophisticated, Canadian strong trophy design and everything it stands for makes us proud to be involved and look forward to the new iconic Rogers Cup symbol to take on a life of its own.”
Working from a distinctly Canadian perspective, the resulting design for the Rogers Cup trophy by Yabu Pushelberg is bold and sophisticated; succinctly representing the verve, passion and foundation of the storied tournament. The faceted, punchy upward trajectory of the maple leaf, slightly tapered at its base, is expressive of the drive for excellence and precision of the sport it celebrates.
A simple approach to materiality, made of subtly veined white Cambria quartz, with a pitched cast-metal cap in gold or silver, celebrates the best qualities of the stone. The faceted profile is elegant, striking and is instantly recognizable – a modern icon symbolic of victory for years to come.
The new trophies will be unveiled at special events in both Toronto and Montreal, to be announced at a later date. Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will bring the best tennis players in the world to Canada this summer, with the 125th anniversary year of the women’s tournament running from August 5-13, 2017 at Aviva Centre in Toronto and the stars of the ATP World Tour at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal from August 4-13, 2017. For more information, please visit rogerscup.com and couperogers.com.
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.
About Tennis Canada
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.
About Yabu Pushelberg
Founded in 1980 by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Yabu Pushelberg is now one of the most recognized design firms worldwide. The firm’s multidisciplinary approach has evolved to encompass all aspects of design, including many product collaborations; each new venture reflects an edited approach that continuously shifts between the rational and the intuitive. Recognized as design industry innovators, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have earned countless accolades for their work and contribution to international design excellence, including their appointment as Officers for the Order of Canada. With studios in Toronto and New York and current projects in over sixteen countries, attention to detail and a spirit of exploration remains a hallmark of the firm.
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