It’s that time of year when everyone’s favourite sport becomes tennis (Olympics notwithstanding). This year, while the ladies battle it out in Montreal, we Torontonians will get the chance to check out recent Wimbledon champ Federer take on Djokovic, Nadal, both Andy’s, and Canada’s favourite, Raonic. From Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12, we suggest you head up to York University, grab a beverage and a hotdog, and cheer on most of the world’s best tennis players.
Why you should go:
It’s summer and while enjoying a cocktail on a patio never gets old, why not switch it up and try something new? The Rogers Cup is perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or a fun activity to do with your parents. First, stop by the food tents for a drink and a burger or hot dog (there’s also a selection of fancier food if you’re so inclined). We suggest you get there a little early if you’re interested in perusing all the great tennis clothes and equipment for sale (usually at a discounted price), or if you just feel like wandering around before planting yourself in your seat for a couple hours. If you’re lucky enough to have good seats, there’s nothing quite like sitting mere feet away from some of the world’s greatest athletes. Even if your seats are up in the nosebleeds, it’s still a great atmosphere and fun to watch live.
Who to look out for:
We’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve seen tennis finals with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but who else should you be looking out for? Serbian Novak Djokovic is currently ranked second in the world, beating Nadal who is ranked third. Brit Andy Murray is ranked fourth, Spaniard David Ferrer is fifth and French Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is ranked 6th. We will be cheering for Canadian and 25th in the world, Milos Raonic. It’s said that he may even get bumped up to 10th place if he does well at the Rogers Cup.
For a full list of rankings and bios check out the ATP website.
How to buy tickets:
You can get your tickets online at Toronto.RogersCup.com, by calling 1-877-283-6647 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Seats start at $25 with Mid Week, Weekender and VIP Weekender packages where you can save up to 30%.
And if you can’t make it out, they will be streaming the matches live in Yonge and Dundas Square from August 6th to 8th and then at the National Bank flagship at 121 King St. W (corner of King and York) from August 9th to 10th.