Making a racket at Rogers Cup 2010

Fans can enjoy Federer-Nadal showdown, Free Family Weekend

By Elena Serra

The wait is over for all impassioned tennis fans – they will also be able to enjoy another chapter in the endless Federer-Nadal saga. The Rogers Cup that will take place Aug. 7 to 15 at York University’s Rexall Centre will in fact bring to the GTA players from the ATP top-35 list, surpassing the record set in 2009 with the appearance of the complete list of top-25 women.

We’ll see former number ones Roddick and Hewitt, the Serb Novak Djokovic who is currently ranked among the top players in the world, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the Swiss Roger Federer – who placed third after his unfortunate Wimbledon performance – and the English Andy Murray who won last year in Montreal.
Also appearing will be Sweden’s Soderling, the Russian Nikolay, and Argentines Juan Martin Del Porto, Tomas Berdych, and Fernando Verbasco.

Faint hopes for those wearing Italy’s azzurri: Andres Seppi, Filippo Volandri, and Simone Bolelli, all ranked 55th and lower, will have to get through the qualification rounds to make the main round.
After the draw, there will be 56 contenders who will vie for the $450,000 that will go to the winner of Canada’s most important tennis tournament with a total purse of $3 million.
Twenty nations will be represented at this edition of the Rogers Cup, led by Spain with nine representatives, followed by France with five, the U.S. with four, and Argentina and Croatia with three.

The Rogers Cup – which annually alternates the men’s and women’s tournament (this year from Aug. 13 to 22) between Toronto and Montreal, and that celebrates its 129 anniversary this year – is the third oldest tennis tournament in the world, behind only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. This is why it represents one of the not-to-be-missed events outside the Grand Slam, allowing the public to enjoy a very high-quality tournament featuring the top players.

The opening weekend (Saturday Aug. 7 and Sunday Aug. 8) will also feature the Free Family Weekend beginning at 9:30 a.m. with interactive games, field activities, entertainment, and chances to win prizes. This perfect family weekend is just the beginning of a rich, excitement-filled week that will feature the top tennis players in the world facing each other.

And not having a hometown player to cheer on – Dancevic, Duclos, Polansky and Raonic granted main draw with wildcards – the Canadian public may be hoping for a final between Federer and Nadal on Toronto’s blue cement tennis surface – who have each twice hoisted
the Rogers Cup trophy.

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