The 2021 Canadian Open, referred to as Rogers Cup for sponsorship reasons, has finally kicked off, much to the excitement of tennis fans across the globe. The tournament has returned after two years as 2020 edition was postponed due to the global pandemic. Notably, it is the 140th edition of men's tournament and is categorized as Masters 1000 tournament on 2021 ATP Tour. On the other hand, it is the 129th edition of women's tournament and is part of 2021 WTA Tour and WTA 1000 tournament.
From seedings to venue, here is everything you need to know about Rogers Cup 2021:
When and Where is Rogers Cup 2021 being played?
The qualifying rounds of the outdoor hard-court tournament have already commenced. The main round will begin from August 9, Monday with the finals taking place on August 15, Sunday.
Rogers Cup 2021 is being played at two venues - Aviva Centre in Toronto (Men's Singles and Doubles) and IGA Stadium in Montreal (Women's Singles and Doubles).
Who are the reigning champions of the tournament?
The last edition of Rogers Cup was held in 2019. The winners were as follows:
1. Men's Singles - Rafael Nadal
2. Men's Doubles - Marcel Granollers/Horacio Zeballos
3. Women's Singles - Bianca Andreescu
4. Women's Doubles - Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova
Are Djokovic, Nadal and Federer playing the tournament?
Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer are few of the big names who won't be featuring in Rogers Cup 2021. However, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will take part in the Masters 1000 event.
Who are the top 5 seeded players in men's event?
Despite a few absentees, some of the top tennis players across the globe are taking part in Rogers Cup 2021. The top 5 seeds are as follows:
1. Daniil Medvedev (Russia)
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain)
3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
4. Andrey Rublev (Russia)
5. Denis Shapovalov (Canada)
Are Barty, Osaka and Sabalenka taking part in the tournament?
Ashleigh Barty, Sofia Kenin, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka are few of the big names who have pulled out of the event. However, Aryna Sabalenka and Bianca Andreescu will feature in the WTA 1000 event.
Who are the top 5 seeded players in women's event?
Despite a few major absentees, there are some top-ranked players who will compete in this thrilling event. The top 5 seeds in women's event are as follows:
1. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
2. Bianca Andreescu (Canada)
3. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
4. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
5. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
Who are the wild-card entrants in Rogers Cup 2021?
With so many players pulling out, some top players have been given wild-card entries into the main singles draw. The list of top wild-card entrants (across men's and women's event) is as follows:
1. Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
2. Vasek Pospisil (Canada)
3. Simona Halep (Romania)
4. Sloane Stephens (USA)
Is there any Indian participating in Rogers Cup 2021?
India's Rohan Bopanna is participating in the tournament in men's doubles event, alongside Croatia's Ivan Dodig. The duo has been seeded 8th in the event. They will be up against Italy's pair of Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fagnini in Round of 32 on August 9, Monday.
Where can you watch live streaming of the tournament?
Rogers Cup 2021 can be streamed live on www.bet365.com, www.atptour.com and www.wtatennis.com. Fans can also download the ATP and WTA apps for latest score updates.