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Tennis Canada – The tournament will count on the participation of ten Grand Slam champions

Montreal, June 28, 2018 This summer, the biggest stars on the WTA tour will be in Montreal for the 2018 edition of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. This is what Tennis Canada announced on Thursday as they revealed the player list for this prestigious WTA Premier 5 tournament. For the 39th edition of the Montreal event, the 25 best players in the world will battle it out for the title from August 3 to 12 on the courts at IGA Stadium.

Among the most highly anticipated athletes in Montreal is the 2016 champion Simona Halep. The Romanian native, who is currently World No. 1, recently won her first Grand Slam title at Roland-Garros. Numerous other Grand Slam champions, such as Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, will all attempt to take home the title.

“The 2018 season has been very interesting on the WTA tour, as we have a happy amalgamation of players: some who are well established in their thirties, but still as threatening as ever, others who have previously been World No. 1 and seem to still be at the top of their game and the young guns who continue to progress and could shake things up,” stated Eugène Lapierre, Tournament Director of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. “One thing is certain, all of the elements are in place for us to have another memorable tournament.”

Click here to consult the player list. The 56-player draw will be completed in the coming weeks with the addition of the Wild Cards, notably the three that will be given to Canadian players, and the players that will make it through the qualifying rounds.

A variety of off-court activities

Several activities will complement the show offered by the players. The site will feature a wide range of restaurants, shops, games, performances and promotions designed to create a festive atmosphere and provide an unforgettable experience for fans.

It all kicks-off during the IGA Family Weekend. From Friday, August 3 until Sunday, August 5, fans will be able to access the site for free to attend qualifying matches and player practices as well as take part in a number of activities offered on site. In addition to the face painting, musical guests and family friendly games, there will also be three popular events taking place during the weekend, starting with a celebrity match on the Friday. Local personalities along with a few players will take part in a tie-break ten style tennis tournament. The Knapper Ball Hockey Challenge will be returning as will the soccer match featuring members of the Montreal Impact. These events will take place on the Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
 
In order to continue its involvement among families, IGA will distribute 1,800 tickets for the IGA Zone during the Family Weekend to many fans across 50 stores in the greater Montreal area. Fans who have picked up these tickets in stores will also receive a $10 gift card per pair of tickets when they visit the Rogers Cup.

Some new additions to the tournament this year include two events centered on the empowerment of women. The first of which is the Fearlessly Girl conference which will take place on Monday, August 6. It will feature a panel of speakers raising awareness about bullying among young women at school. Two of the panelists will be current world no. 10 Madison Keys, ambassador for the program, and mental health advocate Rebecca Marino. The second event is the Successful Women presented by Rogers brunch that will take place on Wednesday, August 8. It is an initiative aimed at bringing together businesswomen in the Montreal area for a morning of networking and a panel discussion. Édith Cloutier, President of Rogers Quebec will be the spokesperson for the event.

Another notable innovation is the Radio Earpieces, which will allow fans to tune in to the broadcaster feed while watching the matches on Centre Court. National Bank customers will be able to pick up a free radio earpiece at the National Bank kiosk on site and listen to either the Sportsnet or TVA Sports broadcaster feed.

For the first time, the Rogers Cup in Montreal will be without plastic straws. In collaboration with the STM and RECYC-QUÉBEC, the tournament has boasted a successful Green Plan for over 10 years. The bar has been raised even higher this year as there will be no straws on site, which are very damaging to the environment as they can’t be recycled in most places and are usually made from plastic which never completely decomposes. 

Owned and operated by Tennis Canada, the prestigious Rogers Cup presented by National Bank attracts the biggest stars in tennis year after year. In 2018, the men’s event will take place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto from August 4 to 12, while the women’s event will take place at IGA Stadium in Montreal from August 3 to 12. For tickets and additional information, please visit rogerscup.com or couperogers.com.  Sportsnet is the official English broadcaster and TVA Sports is the official French broadcaster of the 2018 Rogers Cup.

 
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 126th anniversary of the women’s event from August 3-12, 2018 at IGA Stadium in Montreal and its 138th anniversary of the men’s event from August 4-12, 2018 at Aviva Centre in Toronto. 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, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national 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 Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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