ISN – Montréal, July 31, 2014 – Again this year, the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
will kick off in style with the Hygrade Family Weekend from Friday, August 1 to
Sunday, August 3, as the site opens its doors to the public. Starting Friday, fans
will have front row seats to watch the world’s best women’s tennis players train.
French Open champion Maria Sharapova has already booked Centre Court from 1 p.m. to
3 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount,
QC) will hit on Centre Court on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Petra Kvitova, who took home
the Wimbledon crown just a few weeks ago, will train on Friday at 6 p.m. More time
slots will be confirmed throughout the day tomorrow.
The public is also invited to the official tournament draw on Friday at 5:15 p.m. on
the Scène Casino de Montréal stage. World no.4 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic
will be on hand and take questions from the media.
Canadians in action
The qualification rounds get underway on Saturday, August 2 as several Top 100
players go head-to-head. World no.40 Bojana Jovanovski is the early favourite to
make it into the main draw. Also vying for a spot are Canadians Françoise Abanda
(Montréal, QC), Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Heidi
El Tabakh (Toronto, ON) and Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON)—one of which will receive
the final wildcard. The official announcement will be made later today.
Canada’s national women’s hockey team to face off against team WTA
Activities are planned throughout the weekend: inflatable games, beach tennis, face
painting, clowns, stilt walkers, mascots, mini tennis and dancing. On Saturday at 2
p.m., Court 2 will even host a ball hockey match. After winning gold at the Sotchi
Games, Canada’s women’s hockey team members Mélodie Daoust, Charline Labonté,
Geneviève Lacasse, Caroline Ouellette, Marie-Philip Poulin and Lauriane Rougeau will
take on WTA players, who will trade in their racquets for hockey sticks!
Na Li withdraws from the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Eugène Lapierre, the director of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank,
announced today that world no.2 Na Li has withdrawn from the event.
“I wanted to let all of my great fans know that unfortunately I am going to have to
withdraw from the upcoming WTA events in Montréal and Cincinnati, as well as the US
Open. Since March, I have been struggling with my knee and it is just not where I
need it to be in order to play at the highest level. My medical team has advised me
that I need to take some time off to rest my knee so it heals. I look forward to
getting back on the court this fall in Wuhan and Beijing.”
Li played in the last four editions of the Rogers Cup. In 2012, she reached the
final in Montréal, falling to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. With Na Li’s
withdrawal, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) becomes the fifth seed. Yvonne
Meusburger of Austria will also miss the event. As a result, Barbora Zahlavova
Strycova and Alison Riske of the US enter the main draw.