THE AVIVA FAMILY WEEKEND KICKS OFF AT ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK
Tennis Canada – Montréal, July 22, 2016 – The Aviva Family Weekend, a not-to-be-missed tournament tradition, is back at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. The stadium gates open today and the festivities will continue until Sunday, July 24 with a wide range of free activities for the young and young at heart.
After the official downtown launch of the 2016 Rogers Cup on Wednesday and Thursday, the fun moves to Uniprix Stadium for the rest of the weekend. As of today, fans will have the chance to watch players practice throughout the day. Eugenie Bouchard will hit on National Bank Court from 10:30 a.m. to noon and then on Centre Court from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Lucie Safarova. Also, French Open winner Garbiñe Muguruza will be practicing on Centre Court from 12h30 to 2h30.
The draw ceremony will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. on the Casino de Montréal stage at Uniprix Stadium. Tournament director Eugène Lapierre will be on hand along with Agnieszka Radwanska, 4th best player in the world.
Tennis, ball hockey and soccer!
On Saturday, July 23, WTA players including Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Strycova, Karolina Pliskova and Jelena Ostapenko will trade in their racquets for hockey sticks in a match against NHL stars. Montréal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec, Alex Burrows, Antoine Roussel, Stefan Matteau, Mike Matheson and Kim St-Pierre and Emily Pfalzer will all play in the Sportsnet hockey challenge.
On Sunday, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova will get a chance to show off their soccer skills against Patrice Bernier, Wandrille Lefèvre, Michael Salazar, Kyle Fisher and Dominic Oduro of the Montréal Impact.
The qualifying rounds get underway on Satruday at 10 a.m. and will feature some of our best up-and-coming players: Charlotte Robillard-Millette (Blainville, QC), Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (Mississauga, ON), Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa), Katherine Leduc (Montréal, QC) and Erin Routliffe (Caledon, ON).
Fun for the entire family
The grounds at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free throughout the Family Weekend sponsored by Aviva. There will be inflatable games and acrobatic trampolines, dance workshops led by Louise Lapierre danse and face painting for kids, as well as several terraces and the Promenade du sportif for adults.
Tickets for Rogers Cup presented by National Bank are on sale now. Go online at www.RogersCup.com, call 1-855-TENNIS-0, ext. 11 or purchase tickets at the ticket office at Uniprix Stadium in Montréal.
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 136th anniversary of the men’s event from July 23-31 at Aviva Centre in Toronto and its 124th anniversary of the women’s event from July 22-31 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. As an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, Premier 5 WTA tournament and Emirates Airline U.S. 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 U.S. 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 and Vancouver. 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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