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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.”


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.   


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.


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).


Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin to be inducted into Rogers Cup Hall of Fame

Tennis Canada announced on Friday that former world No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame at the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto. She will be celebrated in a special Centre Court ceremony to be held at Aviva Centre on Friday August 11 before the evening’s two quarter-final matches.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Tracy Austin at this year’s Rogers Cup,” said Karl Hale, Rogers Cup Toronto tournament director. “It’s definitely appropriate that in our 125th anniversary year we are inducting one of our great former women’s champions into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame. Tracy was part of an incredible era of tennis and her talent combined with her competitive attitude made her a fan favourite and always exciting to watch. We can’t wait to welcome Tracy back to Toronto and celebrate her many achievements.”


Philip Bester announces decision to retire

Philip Bester announced Wednesday, at the Granby National Bank Challenger, that he is retiring from professional tennis. After winning the doubles title three times and reaching the singles final in 2015, Bester felt he had a special bond with the Granby Challenger and wanted to say a few words on court to the tournament’s fans who have been loyal to him throughout his career.

“I’ve come to the end of my tennis journey and am closing the chapter in my competitive career. The game of tennis has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity, which I am extremely grateful for as it has shaped me into the person I am today through all my experiences,” Bester said.


Garbine Muguruza overcomes Venus Williams to win first Wimbledon title

23-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza overcame the challenge of 37 year old American fan favourite Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in a lopsided final to claim her first ever Wimbledon title.

Muguruza, a runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, showed that she had learnt plenty from her previous big day outing at SW19 to win the big points towards the business end of the first set before running away with the second as Venus faded badly.


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