Celebrating 125 Years of Women’s Tennis: The 2017 Rogers Cup in Toronto
Hard courts, hard lines and a place where “love” is a bad word. For nine days this August, tennis frenzy takes over Toronto.
Formerly known as the Canadian Masters, the Rogers Cup is a two-part split tournament. In odd-numbered years, the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 section is held in Montreal, while the Women’s Tennis Association (WTP) Premier 5 section is held in Toronto, and vice versa for even-numbered years. 2017 sees the WTP tournament at the Aviva Centre at York University in Toronto celebrate 125 years of women’s tennis.
In Toronto, this year’s version of the annual Canadian tournament features 30 of the Top 35 women players, including defending Roger’s Cup champion Simona Halep and main draw wildcards Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard. With more than $3M in prize money up for grabs, the stakes are high.
As part of a full program of entertainment throughout the day, you can catch performances by premier Canadian musical acts, like Calgary’s The New Electric or certified Canadian gold JRDN, at the Aviva Centre’s new entertainment gazebo right in the heart of the stadium complex. Also be sure to check out special awe-inspiring demonstrations by Cirque de Soleil on Centre Court, inspired by the troop’s new show, Volta.
For any foodies in your group, a cornucopia of delicious options awaits. From trendy poke bowls and brisket parfait to stadium classics, like foot-long hotdogs, there’s no need to go hungry at this year’s tournament. Three celebrity chefs are also going to be on-hand for even the most discerning diners. And, as a tennis tournament first, you can order right to your seat in the centre bowl so you don’t miss any of the action.
The Rogers Cup is also a place to learn and connect. On August 9, the tournament plays host to Aviva Women in Business Night. This special evening brings together leading female professionals from organizations across Toronto, including former No.1 tennis-star and current tennis broadcaster Tracy Austin, to celebrate the accomplishments of women in sport and business.
For the tech-inclined, this year’s tournament is launching the inaugural Tech and Tennis Day, a truly unique fusion of sport and technology. Spend the morning learning about the world of technology from some of Canada’s top industry talent, like Dragon’s Den’s Michele Romanow and Mark Saltzman, followed by third-round tennis action.
If you’re visiting Toronto for the Rogers Cup be sure to check out our beautiful city while you’re here. With lots to see and do and a huge range of restaurants to choose from, you won’t have a problem keeping occupied between matches!