Tennis Day In Canada Celebrated With A Huge Hit

In the recent times, Canada has proved to be the growing hub for a number of remarkable sports. Especially in the field of tennis, it has shown significant growth and competence with other countries. With the soaring popularity of players like Eugenie Bouchard (currently ranked No. 59) and Milos Raonic (who reached a career high ranking No. 3 last year), it made sense for the Country to have an annual national tennis festival named as #Tennis Day.

Recently, May 13, Saturday was hosted as the first ever Tennis Day launched by Tennis Canada. The event which was held first time in Canada will be held each year from now on. The basic idea behind celebrating this day was to promote tennis in the country, appreciate its tennis stars, and encourage Canadians to get involved in the participations.

In addition to Tennis Canada, The Tennis Professionals Association and the Provincial Tennis Associations also supported in sponsorship and hosting of the day. Canadians were encouraged to get up and pick racquets for this day irrespective of their skills and practice regarding the game of tennis. Everyone was persuaded to pick up a racket whether at a public court or in a club.

There were also full provisions for wheel-chair bound people, or people with any other kind of physical disability. All in all, citizens and tourists equally participated in #Tennis Day celebrations with full zeal and vigor. People, irrespective of their genders, age groups or experience were welcome to join the celebrations. This was the main idea highlighted that Tennis is an accessible sport for everyone out there whether they play regularly or have never served a ball before.

Though the event lasted for two days May 13 and 14 and witnessed a number of celebrations and contests, we bring you the key highlights of the event.

  • TPA provided free activities and guidance from certified coaches to help anyone getting their hands on a ball the first time. It also helped out people with a huge stock of equipment for practice purposes. A total of 150 participating clubs from 11 territories were signed up to participate in the Tennis Day.
  • Tennis Canada joined hands with participACTION. ParticipACTION also gave a grant of $5000 that will be distributed to shortlisted clubs to provide free courts and programming. On this occasion, CEO of ParticipACTION, Elio Antunes said that a physical sport like Tennis was not just a game but a part of who we are as Canadians. Tennis was also listed as an activity in 150 Play List participACTION which will be held on the day of Canada 150 celebrations.
  • A Photo Contest and many fun activities were held where people needed to upload their Tennis Courts’ pictures on social media and get a chance to win a grand prize. The grand prize winner will be selected by a random draw and has the chance to grab 4 Rogers Cup tickets for the opening night ceremony on 7 August.

The main purpose behind Tennis Day in Canada was to appreciate the growing tennis popularity in the country. The day will be held each year as National Festival for the sport and assistance will be provided through more than 150 clubs for Tennis enthusiasts to recognize their talent and help them make a career out of it.

Everything You Need To Know About The Upcoming Canadian Open

Tennis world’s best gems are set to return for the Canadian Open (also known as Rogers Cup) held from August 5 to 13 in Toronto, Canada. The prestigious annual tennis tournament is organized by Tennis Canada. It is presented and sponsored by National Bank. With all the hype beginning to increase about the event, it is just a sign that the Rogers Cup aka the Canada Masters is just inching closer.

Rogers Cup hosts both tournaments for men and women respectively. While Men compete in ATP Masters 1000 event, Women participate in the WTA Premier 5 event. The tennis tournament is in play since 1881 in the case of men. WTA was included from 1892. With such a rich and vast history, only two tennis tournaments have been in play before the Canadian Open. These are Grand Slams US Open and the Wimbledon. This makes the Rogers Cup even dearer to tennis players around the world.

You can choose your tickets beforehand as individual, full event packages or multi-session tickets according to your schedule and budget. Extra priced tickets also feature a vast range of entertainment opportunities with them. Besides the star players, another attraction to this best-run tournament is the prize money offered – a huge sum of US $3 million – by National Bank. Rogers Cup matches are held on hard courts, but until 1978, the event has held on clay courts. The courts are colossal with Centre Court having as much as 8000 seats, if not more!

Toronto and Montreal play alternate hosts each year for the open, with men’s event in one city and the women’s in another during the same week. This year the Men’s ATP Masters 1000 will be held in Montreal, whilst Toronto will play host to Premier 5 event on the WTA Calendar. Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep are excited to play this year also. In addition, fan favorite Maria Sharapova is expected to make a return to the Canada Masters post her 15-month ban. Interestingly, Sharapova has been granted a wild card entry in the main draw of 2017 Rogers Cup.

The campaign may be held in same time frames for both men and women, but clever broadcasting methods are used to stream it to thousands of people watching via print, digital, radio, etc. Tennis Canada takes all the effective measures so that you never miss a moment of watching the best tennis players play to the skies. Title sponsor Rogers ensures for a fest-like experience and a closer encounter with your favorite tennis celebrities.

If this is your first time at Rogers Cup, you can buy tickets online via their website or go on-site at the Aviva Centre Box Office between the times of 9:30 am to 10:00 pm. The ticket prices start from as low as $15. It may be noted that bottled cans, bags, noise-making devices, animals, or alcohol are prohibited in the centre. Tennis Canada also makes steps to provide you with accommodations and has a list of its hotel recommendations, if you are from out of town and need a decent play to live during the Rogers Cup tournament.

With just two months left for the big event, make sure you are fully prepared to witness one of the best-run tennis championships in Canada.