Canada will be the centre of the tennis world a little earlier next summer, as Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is moving up in the calendar to July 22-31 for 2016.
An early start means Rogers Cup will avoid conflicting with the Olympic Games in August and will provide the top players with their key warm-up tournament before going for gold. Rogers Cup will be the largest hard court event in North or South America leading up to the Olympic event, to be held August 8-14. With Aviva Centre and Uniprix Stadium possessing the same surface as the Olympic venue, convenient flights and only a one-hour time change to Brazil, Rogers Cup will be a stop on the circuit not to be missed.
This will be the first time since 2008 the tournaments will be held in July. That year, Rafael Nadal was crowned champion in Toronto before winning gold at the Beijing Olympics a few weeks later, while Dinara Safina captured Rogers Cup in Montreal in advance of taking the silver medal at the Olympic Games.
As the key warm-up before the Olympics, several top players could compete in doubles as well. In 2008, doubles pairings at Rogers Cup in Toronto included eventual Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, and Brits Andy and Jamie Murray.
The best men of the ATP World Tour will be setting up at Aviva Centre in Toronto from July 23-31, 2016 with the top women of the WTA taking over Uniprix Stadium in Montreal from July 22-31, 2016. The defending champions will be world No. 2 Andy Murray in Toronto and rising star Belinda Bencic in Montreal.