July 27, 2016

2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

Vania King

Vania King

 

From Tennis Canada:

TORONTO RESULTS, SUNDAY JULY 24, 2016 / RÉSULTATS DE TORONTO DU DIMANCHE 24 JUILLET 2016

Qualifying Singles – Second Round / Qualifications simples – 2e tour
Qualifying – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [8] S. Myneni (IND) 76(5) 67(5) 64
Qualifying – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d J. McGee (IRL) 75 46 75
Qualifying – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) 64 06 76(5)
Qualifying – E. Gomez (ECU) d [5] A. Krajicek (USA) 64 76(8)
Qualifying – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d [6] M. Zverev (GER) 57 63 63
Qualifying – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d A. Weintraub (ISR) 64 63
Qualifying – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d P. Bester (CAN) 61 76(4)

MONTREAL RESULTS, SUNDAY JULY 24, 2016 / RÉSULTATS DE MONTRÉAL DU DIMANCHE 24 JUILLET 2016

Qualifying Singles – Second Round / Qualifications simples – 2e tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) 62 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 60 76(5)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [5] C. Mchale (USA) 60 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d [6] I. Falconi (USA) 36 30 Retired
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d [7] N. Gibbs (USA) 67(4) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d A. Muhammad (USA) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d [23] J. Glushko (ISR) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d O. Govortsova (BLR) 46 76(2) 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d [12] S. Lisicki (GER) 75 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d [24] J. Boserup (USA) 63 64

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 / HORAIRE DES MATCHS DE TORONTO – LUNDI 25 JUILLET 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
B. Coric (CRO) vs I. Dodig (CRO)

Not Before 1:00 pm / pas avant 13h
Y. Sugita (JPN) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)
[9] J. Isner (USA) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 7:00 pm / pas avant 19h
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) vs [11] N. Kyrgios (AUS)
[WC] F. Dancevic (CAN) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
V. Troicki (SRB) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[PR] D. Tursunov (RUS) vs G. Muller (LUX)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [Q] R. Harrison (USA)
[Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) vs [12] B. Tomic (AUS)
[16] J. Sock (USA) vs D. Kudla (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) vs K. Edmund (GBR)
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
M. Youzhny (RUS) vs S. Robert (FRA)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs L. Pouille (FRA) / D. Thiem (AUT)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm / débute à 11h
F. Martin (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) vs T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 / HORAIRE DES MATCHS DE MONTRÉAL- LUNDI 25 JUILLET 2016

CENTRAL start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

Not Before 2:30 pm / pas avant 14h30
H. Watson (GBR) vs [13] S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm / pas avant 19h
[Q] M. Linette (POL) vs [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs [Q] S. Zheng (CHN)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
M. Brengle (USA) vs E. Makarova (RUS)
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] J. Brady (USA)
S. Stephens (USA) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

Not Before 6:30 pm / pas avant 18h30
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) vs M. Puig (PUR)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs A. Beck (GER)
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs S. Errani (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA)
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm / débute à 15h
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [Q] N. Hibino (JPN)
[5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

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Fabio Fognini Wins Croatia Open

Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini

(July 24, 2016) Fourth seed Fabio Fognini beat Andrej Martin 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open on Sunday in Umag. It’s the Italian’s fourth career ATP World Tour title. It was his Slovakian opponent’s first final.

“I am really happy to win this title,” Fognini said. “Congratulations to Andrej, he played unbelievably this week.”

“Right now, it doesn’t feel so good, but over time I will appreciate what I did this week,” said Martin. “For me, it’s been a great experience.””

“It’s the final,” said the winner. “Both players had nothing to lose. For me there was everything to win because I was the favorite. I think I improved my game in the second set.”

“I have to be happy. A title is always a title. It was a great week of tennis.”

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Laura Siegemund Wins Bastad For Her First WTA Title

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(July 24, 2016) Laura Siegemund won her first WTA title on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic for the Swedish Open title in Bastad.

The sixth seed Siegemund reached the final after her German countrywoman Julia Goerges retired from their semifinal match with a hip injury.

“This is one of my favorite tournaments, and I can’t believe I won this one,” said the winner.

“I knew I could do well here but winning the whole thing is something you might not really expect or think about.”

She will move up to No. 32 in the world as of Monday.

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Montreal with Shoulder Inflammation

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Rogers Cup, Montréal, July 24, 2016 – On Sunday, Tennis Canada announced that Serena Williams is withdrawing from Rogers Cup.

The world no.1 holds three Rogers Cup titles and reached the semifinals at the last two editions of the event.

“Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup. I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon,” said Serena Williams.

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not play in the tournament this year. The fans really enjoyed the time she spent in the city in 2014,” said Eugène Lapierre, tournament director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. “Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.”

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Venus Williams Reaches Eighth Stanford Final

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

 

(July 23, 2016) After a dominating first set, top seed Venus Williams survived some serving problems near the end of the second set, including saving two set points, to beat U.S. countrywoman, No. 78 in the world, Alison Riske 6-1, 7-6(2) to reach the Stanford final on Saturday night.

 

For Venus Williams, who is playing the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic for the thirteenth time, this will be her eighth final. The world No. 7 last reached the Stanford final in 2009, falling to Marion Bartoli. Williams captured the title in 2000 and 2002.

 

Williams breezed through the first set, winning 76% of first serve points, winning 30 of 47 points in the set, going 2 for 2 on break points.

In the second set Williams and Riske exchanged breaks in the fifth and sixth games, with the seven-time major champion getting another break in the ninth game to try and serve out the match at 5-4 in the second. Williams’ serve vanished in the tenth game, when she hit three straight double faults to give Riske the break. Riske held for 6-5, but in the next game Williams was still having problems with her first serve. She fought off two set points against her to reach the second set tiebreak which she won easily 7-2.

1-Venus Williams bank of the West

The 36-year-old Williams will take on 25-year-old British No. 1 and world No. 18 Johanna Konta for the title. Williams and Konta are tied 1-1 in head-to-head play, with Konta upsetting Williams, the last time they faced off in the first round of the most recent Australian Open where Konta won in straight sets. Williams defeated Konta in three sets in final eight of Wuhan in 2015.

Williams will be attempting to win her 50th title in her 80th final on Sunday. She’s hoping to tie her sister Serena, who has three Bank of the West trophies.

“It would be nice to get three. Who doesn’t wanna be like Serena?”

Venus who has played of her matches this week at night, will be playing her first day match in Sunday’s final. She said near the end of her news conference that she was going to prep for the final by getting some rest.

“Right after this question I’m going to go to bed and get some rest,” she said.

Alison Riske

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2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

 

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016

Qualifying Singles – First Round
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [Alt] B. Schnur (CAN) 64 76(6)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d [WC] J. Lin (CAN) 61 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d A. Falla (COL) 46 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) d M. Mmoh (USA) 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] P. Krainik (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) d [7] V. Millot (FRA) 76(5) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Myneni (IND) d [Alt] F. Martin (FRA) 76(2) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d [WC] C. Lakoseljac (CAN) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – J. McGee (IRL) d [10] S. Groth (AUS) 63 36 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d S. Barry (IRL) 76(5) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] B. Sigouin (CAN) 76(2) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – E. Gomez (ECU) d [13] M. Barton (AUS) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) d F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) 75 76(3)
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) d [Alt] K. Stevenson (CAN) 62 62

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) vs [14] J. Duckworth (AUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) vs E. Gomez (ECU)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] S. Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) vs [12] A. Gonzalez (COL)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) vs J. McGee (IRL)

COURT 4 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) vs [9] J. Donaldson (USA)

Not Before 11:30 am / pas avant 11h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) vs [11] R. Harrison (USA)

Vavara Lepchenko

Vavara Lepchenko

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016 / Qualifications simples – 1er tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Xu (CHN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN) 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) d C. Zhao (CAN) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) d [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) d S. Vickery (USA) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] I. Boulais (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d E. Hozumi (JPN) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [WC] M. Leduc (CAN) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Pegula (USA) walkover
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d L. Albanese (USA) 76(7) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [14] N. Osaka (JPN) 36 76(6) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d Bye
Qualifying / Qualifications – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) d [16] S. Crawford (USA) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d T. Moore (GBR) 46 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Muhammad (USA) d [18] D. Vekic (CRO) 64 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d D. Lao (USA) 57 61 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) 61 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – O. Govortsova (BLR) d [22] O. Dodin (FRA) 75 67(4) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [23] J. Glushko (ISR) d [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – [24] J. Boserup (USA) d [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d O. Savchuk (UKR) 60 64

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

CENTRAL start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)
Qualifying / Qualifications -[11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN)

Not Before 2:00 pm / pas avant 14h
Soccer Game / Match de soccer – Montreal Impact vs. WTA players

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Muhammad (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)
Possible Court change / Changement possible de terrains – Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)

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With Kitzbuhel Title, Paolo Lorenzi Becomes Oldest First-Time ATP Winner

 

Paolo Lorenzi

Paolo Lorenzi

(July 23, 2016) Fourth seed and 48th ranked Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuhel on Saturday.

The Italian’s only other final came in March 2014 when he lost in Sao Paulo to Federico Delbonis. At 34 years, 7 months, he has beaten the record set by Victor Estrella Burgos in February 2015 for oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour. Estrella Burgos was 34 years, 6 months when he won Quito.

 

The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili made some history of his own by becoming the first player representing Georgia to reach an ATP World Tour final.

 

“I think it’s great to win an ATP World Tour trophy,” said the victor. “I don’t look at the age, so I don’t mind if it’s happening at 34.”

“Winning one trophy was a goal for this year, so it’s great for me. I hope this is not the last,” said Lorenzi. “I’m changing a lot. I need to be more aggressive and improve a lot of things, so this is just the start.”

“I couldn’t handle my nerves today,” said the 24-year-old Basilashvili. “I was very tight, very nervous. I couldn’t handle the pressure, but I think I played great this week and we’ll see for the future.”

 

“This is a present for me. I think it was a fantastic week,” said the winner. “Today I was playing really good. I am really happy with this win.”

“I think it was a great week for both of us. He’s a lot younger so he will have a lot of time for winning,”

 

Lorenzi is the first player this year to win both an ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour title, winning Challengers in Canberra and Caltanissetta.

He is the third-oldest champion this season on the ATP World Tour, behind 37-year-old Newport winner Ivo Karlovic and Quito victor 35-year-old Estrella Burgos.

 

 

 

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WTA – Rogers Cup Montreal – Draws and Order of Play

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The draws and order of play for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal.

MONTREAL DRAW

Women’s Singles

First Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) – Bye
Qualifier vs. M. Puig (PUR)
T. Babos (HUN) vs. Qualifier
S. Rogers (USA) vs. [15] J. Konta (GBR)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Qualifier
L. Safarova (CZE) vs. E. Bouchard (CAN)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Qualifier
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) – Bye
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) – Bye
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs. [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs. E. Vesnina (RUS)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. E. Makarova (RUS)
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs. B. Strycova (CZE)
[6] V. Williams (USA) – Bye
[5] S. Halep (ROU) – Bye
Qualifier vs. K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. A. Petkovic (GER)
Qualifier vs. [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs. Qualifier
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs. S. Errani (ITA)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. A. Beck (GER)
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) – Bye
[7] R. Vinci (ITA) – Bye
S. Stephens (USA) vs. Qualifier
M. Doi (JPN) vs. D. Kasatkina (RUS)
H. Watson (GBR) vs. [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) vs. Qualifier
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs. E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qualifier
[2] A. Kerber (GER) – Bye

Click here for qualifying singles draw.
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Qualifying – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs C. Zhao (CAN)
Qualifying – T. Moore (GBR) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) vs [16] S. Crawford (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
Qualifying – [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [WC] I. Boulais (CAN)

COURT 9 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] M. Leduc (CAN)
Qualifying – [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)

COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [22] O. Dodin (FRA)
Qualifying – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Klepac (SLO)
Qualifying – [2] M. Brengle (USA) vs O. Savchuk (UKR)
Qualifying – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs S. Vickery (USA)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – D. Lao (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN)
Qualifying – L. Albanese (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)
Qualifying – A. Muhammad (USA) vs [18] D. Vekic (CRO)

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Xu (CHN)
Qualifying – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [14] N. Osaka (JPN)
Qualifying – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs E. Hozumi (JPN)
Qualifying – J. Brady (USA) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN)
TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs J. Pegula (USA)

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Official Draw for 2016 Rogers Cup Set in Toronto

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Canadian Milos Raonic placed in same half, could face off in the semifinals

From Tennis Canada: Toronto, July 22, 2016 – The official draw for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto was conducted on Friday at Rogers Centre. Canadian star and recent Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic will take on the winner of Yen-Hsun Lu and rising star, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in his opening match, while top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face either Dimitry Tursunov or Gilles Muller in the second round.

The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye. Djokovic and Raonic have been placed in the same half of the draw, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. En route, Djokovic could see No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The world No. 1 will be aiming to clinch his fourth Rogers Cup title following his wins in 2007, 2011, and 2012. Raonic, a 2013 Rogers Cup finalist, has a potential quarter-final duel with No. 7 seed David Goffin.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who was on hand for the official draw, is seeded No. 2 and will anchor the bottom half of the draw. His first match will see him take on the winner of Mikhail Youzhny opposite Stephane Robert. Should the seeds hold, he would face No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the semifinals, and No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in the round of eight. The No. 8 seed is 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who is in the same quarter as Nishikori.

There are several exciting first-round duels set to take place over the first two days of main draw play, highlighted by 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov challenging No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios in his Rogers Cup debut. Another teenaged up-and-comer making his first appearance in Toronto is Taylor Fritz of the United States, against big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Other players in action will include Gael Monfils, John Isner, and next generation star Borna Coric.

Vasek Pospisil’s first-round match will be against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, currently ranked world No. 38. Three other Canadians are in the main draw as well – Frank Dancevic will face Sam Querrey, Steven Diez will be up against Brit Kyle Edmund, and Peter Polansky will take on a qualifier.

Several other Canadians will be competing this weekend for one of seven qualifier positions in the main draw. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Philip Bester, Benjamin Sigouin, and Brayden Schnur will be in action tomorrow, as part of Pizzaville Free Community Weekend this Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, with admission free for everyone for the two days.

Click here to view the complete main draw.

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Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal Headline US Open Men’s Field

Novak Djokovic

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ANDY MURRAY, ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL

HEADLINE 2016 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES FIELD

Field Features Five Former US Open Champions

and Includes the World’s Top 98 Men

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, world No. 2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, and two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal headline the men’s singles field for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes five former US Open singles champions, including Djokovic (2011, 2015), Murray (2012), Federer (2004-2008), Nadal (2010, 2013) and Marin Cilic (2014).

Each of the world’s top 98 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 38 countries.

The 2016 US Open will be played Monday, August 29, through Sunday, September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

Djokovic,who has reached the singles final in Flushing five out of the last six years, leads the men’s field as the world No. 1 and defending US Open champion. The Serbian won his 12th major championship at the French Open in June to complete the “Career Grand Slam,” and held all four major titles until Sam Querrey ended his 30-match win streak at Grand Slams in the third round at Wimbledon.

Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title this month after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian and French Open finals. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.

Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this summer before falling to Milos Raonic in the semifinals. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

Nadal, of Spain, is a 14-time Grand Slam champion who won his 69th career ATP World Tour title in Barcelona this April. He has not played competitively since withdrawing from the French Open in June with a wrist injury.

Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open champion; No. 6 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 7 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this month; No. 8 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a former world No. 4 and 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Dominic Thiem, the 22-year old Austrian talent; No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France; No. 11 David Goffin, of Belgium; and No. 12 Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked No. 98, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Six players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including Nos. 39 Julien Benneteau, of France, and Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, No. 56 Brian Baker, of the United States, No. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 94 Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 23-26, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

American men who received direct entry are No. 16 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 25 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 26 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 29 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 56 Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn., No. 57 Donald Young, of Atlanta, and No. 67 Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is entered as an alternate and would be making his first appearance at the US Open since 2013.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the seventh annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 18 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2016 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that began this week in Stanford, Calif.

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on the ESPN family of networks through 2025. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In the continued expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from up to 12 courts.

US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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