Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a prestigious professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. Since 1881 for the men and 1892 for the women, the best players in the world have showcased their skills on Canadian courts. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories than this major Canadian stop, which is acknowledged by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments on the Tour. Classified as a Premier 5 event on the WTA calendar, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank offers over US $3 million in prize money and attracts the biggest stars in tennis year after year.
Montreal and Toronto share the task of hosting the best men’s and women’s players in the world, with both tournaments played at the same time, during the same week. So, from August 5-13, 2017, the women will be in Toronto while the men will play in Montreal.
Simona Halep is the defending champion, as she ousted American Madison Keys in the final last year to win her first Rogers Cup title, a season after she finished runner-up in Toronto. In 2015, an inspired 18-year-old Belinda Bencic ousted six former Grand Slam champions or finalists en route to her biggest title to date – Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, and Halep.
The impressive list of past champions for this Canadian stop on the professional tennis circuit includes Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Amelie Mauresmo, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Faye Urban is the last Canadian to have won the women’s championship on home soil, as she captured both the singles and doubles titles in 1969.