Rogers Cup 2021: Will Fans be Allowed in Toronto and Montreal?

Published 08/03/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
MONTREAL, QC – AUGUST 11: Rafael Nadal (ESP) salutes the crowd after his win of the ATP Coupe Rogers final match on August 11, 2019 at IGA Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


The Rogers Cup 2021, now known as National Bank Open, is all set to kick-start this August. Recently, the competition received a green signal from the government of Canada to host parts of the event in Toronto and Montreal. Fans impatiently await as the tournament canceled last year now returns, promising twice as much entertainment.

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More importantly, Canadian tennis enthusiasts were sent into a frenzy as the officials confirmed a preset seating. They announced that a total of 5,000 fans would be allowed in the stadiums to watch the thrilling games. Hence, ecstatic fans rushed to grab their tickets in a bid to catch the best stars in action. Speaking of the same, the managing director of the NBO, Gavin Ziv said that there were no words to describe how happy officials are with the outcome.

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The countdown begins

A star-studded lineup is all set to grace the tournament this year. Scheduled to begin on the 7th of August, the ATP iteration will be played in Toronto; however, the WTA event will take place in Montreal.

Reflecting upon the Toronto edition, tournament managing director, Karl Hale said, “We couldn’t be happier to bring world-class tennis back to Toronto this year at the very first National Bank Open presented by Rogers.”

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Some of the Canadians taking part in the iconic tournament are Denis Shapovalov, Félix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic, and Vasek Pospisil. However, even though fans are sure to back them, they face tough competition on their home soil. From the likes of World No. 2, Daniil Medvedev to Greek international, Stefanos Tsitsipas, stars will be there in galore.

Regardless, one of the major attractions of the tournament is the return of the defending champion, Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal returns at the Rogers Cup 2021

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After almost a two-month-long break from tennis, Rafael Nadal will appear in Toronto, to defend his title. The former World No. 1 is looking forward to playing in Toronto.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain talks during a Kia Key handover ceremony at Federation Square ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

“I’m very happy to return to Canada to play in Toronto,” said reigning champion Nadal. “Toronto is a fantastic tournament and I have had some really great matches there. As a matter of fact, I won there the last time we played and I would love to defend my title this August and be again with my fans in Canada and around the world.”

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Earlier this year, the Spanish giant opted out of tennis, citing a much-needed physical break. Ever since then, people have been waiting for his return to the court. Hence, the news of his participation sent fans over the moon.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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