Rogers Cup presented by National Bank fans are in for a treat this week as the doubles draw on Saturday revealed a star-studded list of teams, bringing lots of excitement about the talented group of players gearing up to hit the courts in Toronto on Monday.
Headlining the field and defending their title are top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan. Their championship win in 2015 wasn’t the first time they captured the prestigious crown, as they are on the hunt for their sixth Canadian title and boast a 35-10 record coming into Rogers Cup. The Bryan brothers have earned a bye in their 15th appearance at the tournament.
Another player with an impressive Rogers Cup resume, Daniel Nestor, makes his 28th appearance. Nestor has lifted the trophy twice before on home soil, most recently in 2008 with Nenad Zimonjic. His maiden title, however, came in 2000 with Canadian Sebastien Lareau, just weeks before the two won Olympic gold win in Sydney. Sixteen years later, Nestor hopes he can find the same winning combination with countryman Vasek Pospisil. The No. 6 seeds also received a bye to the second round.
Nestor and Pospisil aren’t the only players looking to find chemistry ahead of the Rio Olympics. Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic team up to give Toronto fans a sneak peak of team Serbia. They will face Canadian wild cards Philip Bester and Adil Shamasdin in first-round action. Czechs Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, regular partners in Davis Cup, are also teaming up in Toronto.
Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov hope to translate their success on the junior circuit to the big stage. Making their first Rogers Cup appearance, Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov are fresh off a final appearance in London at Junior Wimbledon. The wild cards drew Bernard Tomic of Australia and Viktor Troicki in the opening round.
German phenom Alexander Zverev and John Isner of the United States have doubled up to form another can’t-miss team – literally. The pair register at 6’6” and 6’10” respectively, making them the tallest team in the field. Looking to tower above the competition, Zverev and Isner take on Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and American Sam Querrey.
Other duos to look for include Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov, plus Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios. Doubles action kicks off on Monday, and will be great chance for fans to get closer to the ATP World Tour’s best athletes.