The 2015 edition of the Rogers Cup, which will be played from the 10th to the 16th of August, was launched this Wednesday at the Uniprix Stadium, in Montreal.
The list of the players for the sixth Masters 1000 of the season has been announced, this Wednesday, at the Uniprix Stadium, in presence of tournament director Eugène Lapierre, tournament spokesperson Fabienne Larouche, Stefano Faita (himself a former juvenile tennis player), who has been presented as official chef of the Rogers Cup, as well as many dignitaries.
From the 10th to the 16th of August, the top 43 of the ATP will be present in Montreal for what should be another fantastic week of tennis. In fact, as Eugène Lapierre mentioned jokingly: “We have 44 of the 43 best players in the world.” How is that so? Because Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic will also be part of the main draw, entering via protected ranking.
“It’s really an astounding period for men’s tennis. There are so many stories happening at each tournament between those players, you’ll be able to write pages and pages of stories about each of them”, said Lapierre.
The tournament director only had good words for the players who will take part in the event, starting with the world number one, Novak Djokovic:
“Novak Djokovic, [the] best player in the world, has been outrageously dominating the rankings for about two years. He settled down a little, but at the same time, he became nearly unbeatable on every surface. He will obviously be excessively dangerous in Montreal.
“The world number two, Roger Federer, [is] also known as the best player to have ever played the sport. He will turn 34 at the start of the event, but you know that the only goal that he has in his mind is to come back at the number one spot in the world.
“There is also Rafael Nadal, of course. Rafa… geez! tenth in the world! I swear, it hurts me to see him there, so imagine how he must feel, but you know he’s a fighter. He will really fight furiously to get back to the top of the rankings. He’s enjoying a few weeks of rest, so he will be able to practise on hard courts and will get here in great shape.
“Andy Murray, who has beaten Vasek [Pospisil] earlier, [is] probably, I think, the favourite to win Wimbeldon this year. He is playing the best tennis of his career. Him and Djokovic are probably the two players who best represent how modern tennis will be played. It’s an absolutely sealed game, [with] very few errors, and a maddening pace.
“Stan Wawrinka… This guy is not number four in the world for nothing. He truly can beat anybody [on] any given day. His backhand alone is worth the price of the ticket.
“You have veterans like Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Feliciano López, Tommy Robredo. You also have the three musketeers from France who, just like in Alexandre Dumas’s story, are in fact four: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet et Gaël Monfils. This dear Gaël, who is without a doubt the best showman in the history of tennis, at least in my humble opinion.
“There are the young guns: Kei Nishikori, who will recover and will be here, in Montreal; Grigor Dimitrov; and young Nick Kyrgios, who probably aged a couple of years this week in Wimbledon with his little difficulties with the organisation there.
“I kept our Canadians for the dessert. And really, after this week, we wonder a bit which one we should start with, but let’s give credit where it’s due.
“Milos Raonic is the man with the fiery serve, and also the first to have shown the rest of the world that something was happening in Canada, that something was changing. He’s firmly installed in the top 10 and there to stay. He has a solid game. He had a little surgery which has taken a bit longer to heal. Maybe he came back too fast, which is why he had to withdraw from the Davis Cup in Belgium, which will be played in a few days. It’s perhaps a blessing in disguise, at least for the Rogers Cup. I can guarantee that he’ll arrive in the best shape in Montreal.
“And Vasek Pospisil… What can we say… Wow! Incredible! I’ve been asked many times in the last week, “Are you surprised, Mr. Lapierre?” Yes and no, because he had already shown, two years ago in Montreal, that he could compete with the best players in the world. He did it again in Wimbeldon and you can be sure that he’ll get here completely fired up.
“These two guys love Montreal. They spent three years at the National Tennis Centre in this very building. They gave us quite a show two years ago. It’s going to be a tough act to follow, but they’ll have 12,000 fans to cheer for them. You just know they’ll give us all they have.
“It will be a great week of tennis”
A week full of events and an app
On top of the list of players who will take part in the tournament, the calendar of events has also been announced for the week, which promises to, once again, be completely full and thoroughly enjoyable for the fans who will attend the tournament.
As has become custom, the 7th, 8th, and 9th of August are open to the public, free of charge (except for the Centre Court and BN Court qualification matches on Saturday and Sunday), days in which the fans can watch their favourites hitting the practice courts, but also attend a few events.
On Saturday 8 August, at 14:00, there will be a friendly hockey game between some NHL players and ATP players (to which, for instance, Roger Federer participated last year in Toronto).
On Sunday 9 August, at the same time, there will be a soccer match between some of the Montreal Impact players and ATP players. Eugène Lapierre will be the coach for the ATP players, whereas Richard Legendre, former tournament director of the Rogers Cup and now executive vice-president of the Impact, will act as coaches. The players of the Montreal Impact had a message for the ATP guys: “You might be on your turf at Uniprix Stadium, but this is our sport.”
On top of those friendly matches, the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, is now training for a very special challenge: returning one of Milos Raonic’s serves, which he will attempt on Monday 10 August at the start of the evening session.
Furthermore, the tournament has announced the launch of an app, which will give all the info, results, schedules, and more, to keep everyone updated about the tournament.
Everything is getting into place for another memorable Rogers Cup in Montreal!