Montreal, one of the most prosperous and cosmopolitan cities in the Canadian region of Québec, is host to one of the world’s most prestigious tennis events, the Montreal Masters 1000; As we will discover below, there are countless facts that this historic tournament encloses, making it one of the most important tennis events to date – Come and discover them with us.
This tournament is part of the Tennis Masters Series of the male circuit and is classified in the Premier 5 female circuit, or in other words – An elite tournament. It traditionally takes place during summer, always in July and August and comes before the last Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. For this reason experts consider the Montreal tournament a perfect opportunity to evaluate the players as well as it being a mandatory event for being able to participate in the US Open.
A Historic Tournament
The origins of this tournament date back to 1881, being originally named the Canada Open, with the women’s division being instated twelve years later. The antiquity of the Montreal Masters 1000 makes it a historical tournament of the sport in the same leagues as Wimbledon itself; The current official name of the tournament is the Coupe Rogers. After countless years of taking place on clay courts, 1979 would mark a year of change in which the tournament would adopt fast and hard surfaced courts, better known as DecoTurf – A change that would definitively separate the Masters 1000 from Canada and launch it into international fame and competitiveness.
The Montreal Uniprix Stadium has been host to this competition since its construction in 1993; It has twelve different courts, all varying in size and can hold more than 11,000 spectators.
The player who has won the Canada Masters the most times is Ivan Lendl, who in the 1980’s managed to accomplish this feat on six different occasions; In later years the podium has welcomed players such as Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray. In regards to female competitors, North Americans Chris Evert and Mónica Seles have both won on four separate occasions, making them the most famous female players of the tournament. Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, who won in 1994, has been the only female Spaniard to win this competition after a passionate and unforgettable duel against German Steffi Graf.
What Can We Expect From The 2017 Montreal Masters 1000?
The 128th edition of the men’s Montreal Masters 1000 tournament takes place between the 4th and 13th of August; 56 players will participate in the singles event and 24 will participate in the doubles, all of whom will fight for the coveted four million Canadian dollar prize – Just over three million euros.
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic is this year’s favorite, and is determined to defend the title which he achieved last season in Toronto against Japanese Kei Nishikori; The last tennis player to win in Montreal was British Andy Murray in 2015.
Spectators attending the 2017 Montreal Masters 1000 will not only be able to enjoy the excitement of a world class tournament but also the numerous events and facilities at their disposal such as coffee and food stands situated around the courts, autograph signing sessions with tennis players, live music concerts and of course, gift shops located in the Tenniszone.