ANDY MURRAY RECEIVES A WILD CARD INTO ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK
The former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion will return to the US Open Series event in Toronto for the first time since 2014
Nadal and Federer headline entry list that includes all of the top 44 players in the world
Toronto, June 27, 2018 — Former world No.1 Andy Murray will receive a wild card into the 2018 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Tennis Canada announced on Wednesday. The three-time Rogers Cup champion, who made his return to competitive tennis after 11 months out with a hip injury at the Fever-Tree Championships in London last week, will return to Toronto for the first time since 2014.
“I am really looking forward to being back in Toronto this summer,” said three-time Grand Slam champion Murray. “The last time I played Rogers Cup was when I won the Montreal title in 2015. After almost a year out with injury, it’s a great feeling to be back competing and I’m grateful to the tournament for this opportunity.”
Murray will join 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and 20-time Grand Slam champion and 2017 Rogers Cup finalist Roger Federer in a Toronto player field that contains all of the top 44 players in the world. Defending champion Alexander Zverev and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem are other notable names on the entry list, while Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic lead Canadian hopes.
“We are looking forward to an incredible summer of men’s tennis in Toronto,” said Karl Hale, Rogers Cup Toronto tournament director. “Federer and Nadal have been locked in a battle for number one all year so it will be exciting to see how that plays out at Rogers Cup. With Djokovic coming back from injury, Zverev and Thiem playing some of the best tennis of their careers and Denis and Milos waving the Canadian flag, men’s tennis is more competitive than ever. We have revamped our player areas and have many exciting off-court festivities lined up so we can’t wait to welcome the tennis world to Toronto.”
In 2017, at age 20, Zverev became the youngest Rogers Cup champion since Novak Djokovic in 2007, shaking up the “big four” dominance of Nadal (2005, 2008, 2013), Djokovic (2007, 2011, 2012, 2016), Federer (2004, 2006) and Andy Murray (2009, 2010, 2015) in Canada. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in 2014, is the only other player outside that quartet to have lifted the trophy since 2003.
Both Shapovalov (No.26) and former Rogers Cup finalist Raonic (No.32) earn direct entry into the tournament. Shapovalov reached the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid and subsequently attained a career-high ranking of No.23. After his dream run to the last four in Montreal last year, and Raonic’s recent resurgence to reach the final in Stuttgart, both will be strong contenders in their home city this summer.
Next Gen stars such as Borna Coric (defeated Federer in the Halle final last week), Australian Nick Kyrgios and Korean sensation Hyeon Chung (Australian Open semi-finalist) will assure Toronto fans the opportunity to get up close with the future stars of the game.
Click here to view the complete entry list. The 56-player fields for both tournaments will be completed at a later date with the addition of the remaining wild cards and qualifiers.
In a historic first, the Toronto subway (TTC) will now bring tennis fans directly from downtown Toronto to the Rogers Cup. With the extension of Line One, Pioneer Village Station is a five-minute walk from the stadium, making it easier than ever for fans to reach the Aviva Centre.
Daniel Nestor, the legendary Canadian doubles player who will play in his 30th and final Rogers Cup this summer, will be honoured in a two-part celebration at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, August 5. A host of current and former ATP and Canadian Davis Cup players will take part in a roast led by Shaun Majumder, followed by Nestor’s emotional induction into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame. For ticket information please call 416-872-4255 or visit www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/DanielNestor.
Owned and operated by Tennis Canada, the prestigious Rogers Cup presented by National Bank attracts the biggest stars in tennis year after year. In 2018, the men’s event will take place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto from August 4 to 12, while the women’s event will take place at IGA Stadium in Montreal from August 3 to 12. For tickets and additional information, please visit rogerscup.com or couperogers.com. Sportsnet is the official English broadcaster and TVA Sports is the official French broadcaster of the 2018 Rogers Cup.
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 126th anniversary of the women’s event from August 3-12, 2018 at IGA Stadium in Montreal and its 138th anniversary of the men’s event from August 4-12, 2018 at Aviva Centre in Toronto. As a WTA Premier 5 tournament, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, and US 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 US 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, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 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 Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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