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Red Rock Pro Open To Once Again Feature Rising Stars Of Women’s Tennis

The up-and-coming stars of the WTA will vie for more prize money immediately following the US Open as the ninth annual Red Rock Women’s Pro Open will once again take place at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin, Sept. 10-17.

This year’s Red Rock Pro Open players will play for $60,000 in total prize money during the week-long USTA Women’s Pro Circuit tournament with WTA players ranging in the world rankings from No. 75 to No. 225. The list of competing players will be announced soon, with the draw once again including 64 singles players (32 qualifying and 32 main draw), and a 16-team doubles draw. 

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Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey round out Laver Cup teams

As the countdown continues to the inaugural Laver Cup, Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey are the latest stars to commit to the innovative tournament set to take place at the O₂ arena in Prague, Czech Republic from September 22-24, 2017.

World No.6 Cilic’s impressive tennis resume includes the 2014 US Open title, making the 28-year-old the youngest active male Grand Slam champion. He is also one of Croatia’s most decorated Davis Cup players, having played 20 ties since his debut in 2006 and leading his nation into last year’s final.

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Sara Errani handed 2-month suspension

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2017 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") has found that Sara Errani committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and, as a consequence, has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two months, commencing on 3 August 2017.

Ms. Errani, a 29-year-old player from Italy, provided a urine sample on 16 February 2017 as part of an Out-of-Competition test under the Programme. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain letrozole, which is an aromatase inhibitor that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

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Roger Federer to play in Rogers Cup in Montreal

Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that Swiss Roger Federer has confirmed he will play in the 2017 edition of Rogers Cup. It will be his first trip to Montreal since 2011.

“I’m happy to be coming back to Montreal, as I have not had the chance to play there for many years,” said Federer. “This 2017 season has been very exciting and I am really looking forward to being back on the court on the ATP Tour.”

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Sock set to light up Team World for Laver Cup

Spirited in nature and explosive in style, Jack Sock is set to light up Team World as the latest big name to commit to the Laver Cup. The world No.19, Sock will bring his big game, colorful personality and a unique ability to engage with fans as he competes alongside Canadian Milos Raonic and countryman John Isner in Prague.

It is another highlight in a career-best season for Sock, who peaked at a career-high world No.14 with early 2017 titles in Auckland and Delray Beach.   

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Francoise Abanda awarded wildcard for Rogers Cup

Tennis Canada announced on Tuesday the wild cards for the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal and Toronto. The two remaining main draw wild cards for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal are going to Canadians Peter Polansky (Thornhill, ON) and Brayden Schnur (Pickering, ON). In Toronto, the last wild card for the WTA Premier 5 main draw has been awarded to Francoise Abanda (Montreal).

Canada will be represented by seven players in the Rogers Cup main draws. Polansky and Schnur will join compatriots Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON) in Montreal. Pospisil and Shapovalov were given their wild cards earlier this summer, while Raonic earned direct entry. Abanda will join Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal), whose wild card had also been previously confirmed. The third wild card for the Toronto event was awarded to former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

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World No. 1s Andy Murray and Karolina Pliskova to be top seeds at 2017 Rogers Cup

Tennis Canada announced on Monday the seedings for the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto and Montreal. The two world No. 1s will take their position at the top of both draws, with Andy Murray set to play in Montreal and Karolina Pliskova leading the competition in Toronto. The seedings will follow the official ATP World Tour and WTA rankings released on Monday July 31, with the Top 16-ranked players entered at each tournament being seeded. All Top 8 seeds will receive a first-round bye.

Rogers Cup in Toronto will be Pliskova’s debut tournament as the world No. 1. The 2016 US Open finalist hit the highest pinnacle for the first time just two weeks ago. She will face formidable competition in the form of No. 2 seed Simona Halep, the 2016 champion and 2015 runner-up. Among those trying to stop Halep from a third straight final will be recent Grand Slam champions, Wimbledon winner Garbiñe Muguruza at No. 4 and French Open titlist Jelena Ostapenko at No. 12, plus former Rogers Cup champions Caroline Wozniacki (No. 6), Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 10), and Petra Kvitova (No. 14).

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