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My Experience at the 2017 Montreal Rogers Cup

My Experience Rogers Cup

In a previous article about ATP Tickets, I talked about a few tips that I use to get an optimal experience when attending a tennis event. Now, in this article I’d like to share with you my experience at the Rogers Cup as a visitor.

In the 2017 edition of the Rogers Cup, I attended the event on 3 days:

  • Sunday, August 6 (2nd Round, Qualifying draw)
  • Wednesday, August 9 (2nd Round, Main draw)
  • Thursday, August 10 (3rd Round, Main draw)

I will describe my experience for each of these three days during which I was on-site so you can have a better idea of how I spent my time at the event!


Day 1: Sunday, August 6 (2nd Round, Qualifying draw)

Cost of the ticket: $0 CAN for a day session, Central Court ticket

Matches Attended

  • P-H. Herbert d. M. Youzhny (6-2, 2-6, 6-3)
  • D. Sela d. M. Ebden (6-3, 7-6(7))
  • R. Opelka d. E. Escobedo (6-2, 6-3)
  • N. Gombos d. J. McGee (6-4, 6-4)

Short Description of My Experience

Even though the qualifying draw was not as crowded as I expected, I still got to see some very good players play in the qualifying rounds. Those tickets were completely free, so there were absolutely no downsides of showing up at the event on this day.


For a $0 ticket, I got to see some international talent battle out from the 1st row of the stadium. Here is a picture of Dudi Sela playing against Matthew Ebden


Highlight of The Day

Definitely Reilly Opelka’s performance against Ernesto Escobedo. I did not see much of these two guys before the tournament. I was very impressed with Opelka’s performance; not only did he have a wicked serve, but he was also able to be aggressive on his returns. Escobedo was just out of solutions in this match. Also, Opelka’s serves often ended in the stands over the fences, so it made them even more impressive!


Reilly Opelka’s serves from up close were very impressive. He is very tall and is also able to be aggressive on his returns.


Day 2: Wednesday, August 9 (2nd Round, Main draw)

Cost of the ticket: $20 CAN for a night session, National Bank Court ticket

Matches Attended

  • G. Monfils d. K. Nishikori [5] (6-7(4),7-5, 7-6(6))
  • G. Dimitrov [7] d. M. Zverev (6-3, 3-6, 6-3)
  • D. Ferrer d. J. Sock [15] (7-6(7), 3-6, 6-1)
  • K. Anderson d. P. Carreno Busta [11] (6-3, 7-6(6)
  • A. Zverev [4] d. R. Gasquet (6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3))
  • B. Bryan/M. Bryan d. J-M. Del Potro/G. Dimitrov (6-3, 7-5)
  • H. Chung d. D. Goffin [9] (7-5, 6-3)
  • S. Querrey d. J-W. Tsonga [8] (6-1, 3-6, 6-4)


Short Description of My Experience

Even though I had tickets for the night session, I could enter the Rogers Cup site for free for the day session. The only thing is that I could not sit at my reserved seat before the evening session. What this means is that I got to see all day matches that I wanted that were not played on central court, including the Monfils-Nishikori frenzy. I also wanted to see just a little bit of doubles action, because it is always fun to see how these guys have quick hands at the net. I saw this incredible shot from Del Potro from very close!

One of the things I like the most about going in the 2nd round is that some amazing matches occur on side courts, where you can sit very close from the action. Here is a short video of a point from the Ferrer-Sock match. You can see how close I was to the players!



Other matches I got to see included the Zverev-Gasquet encounter, but I did not get to see the end because I decided to go in a mezzanine to see Anderson-Carreno Busta, mainly to hide from the sun a little bit.


Here is a view from the mezzanine of Court 5 at the Rogers Cup. Players on court are Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson.


Highlight of The Day

Definitely the Monfils-Nishikori match. This video was taken from my seat at the match on the National Bank Court. This view is from unreserved seats that you can take with any given ticket that gives you access to the Rogers Cup site.

I’ll just leave this here. Oh, and sorry for the noise!



Another Highlight of Day #2

To me, one of the craziest things of the Rogers Cup was how the crowd plays a huge role in the outcome of a match. Goffin’s match has been moved to a side court because of the long Zverev-Gasquet and about 30 people attended his match against H. Chung. When there is nobody behind the players, it is very hard for them to get motivated and come back when they get down on themselves. I am sure the outcome would have been different if a Goffin would have played in front of a larger French crowd. Typically, French-Canadiens love to cheer french-speaking players. David Goffin must not have been happy to be moved on that day.


When crowds are close to being non-existent, it is harder for the players to get motivated in the match, especially if they are struggling.


Day 3: Thursday, August 10 (3rd Round, Main draw)

Cost of the ticket: $48 CAN for a night session, Court ticket

Matches Attended

  • D. Schwartzman d. J. Donaldson (0-6, 7-5, 7-5)
  • R. Haase d. G. Dimitrov [7] (4-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • R. Federer [2] d. D. Ferrer (4-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • K. Anderson d. S. Querrey (6-4, 6-1)
  • A. Zverev [4] d. N. Kyrgios [16] (6-4, 6-3)
  • D. Shapovalov d. R. Nadal [1] (3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

Short Description of My Experience

Again, I had night tickets for this day, but I chose to arrive earlier for the day session. Fortunately for me, I managed to sneak onto the central court without any ticket and got to see Roger Federer’s match against Ferrer. Even though it was not Roger’s best match, I was very happy that I got to see him play. However, I must admit that it is harder to feel ‘in the match’ from this seat then from a seat closer to the players. You do not hear the players move or hit the ball, and you do not feel the power of their strokes. Still, seeing Roger play is as smooth as it gets and it is aesthetically pleasant to watch.

Here is a picture of Roger Federer against David Ferrer in Montreal. He ended up winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Then, I got to see the anticipated match between Kyrgios and Zverev. Sure, there were interesting moments like this one, but honestly, Nick was clearly injured and it felt like he did not show up trying to win the match. Zverev got an early break in each set and it was a straightforward win for him.

Finally, I got to see THE match of the tournament!


Highlight of Day 3

The match between Rafa and Shapovalov must have been one of the best matches I’ve ever seen live. Outside of Shapovalov’s crazy performance, it was the wildness of the crowd and the overall vibe that was just amazing. Here’s a look of the matchpoint from my perspective. I said earlier that the crowd plays a huge role in tennis. While absence of crowd affected Goffin, we can see that big crowds helped Monfils, and then certainly helped Shapovalov overcome a huge favorite in Nadal.



In the end, I was very happy of the matches I got to see at the Rogers Cup this year. I spent less than $70 in total for some very exciting matches, and I feel like I did not miss out on the most important stories of the tournament. I hope this overview of my experience will encourage you to attend live events and make the most of it! Feel free to discuss in the comments if you have any question about my experience at the Rogers Cup!


Etienne Giguère-Allard
Obsessed about Roger, occasional writer of CourtSide Watch. Passionate about tennis and hockey, depending of the season. Would definitely love to talk about tennis with you!

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