Tennis Betting Tips: Rogers Cup
The US Hard Court swing gets underway in earnest as both the ATP and WTA Tours roll into Toronto and Montreal. It’s time to prepare yourself for what promises to be a fascinating week in the Canadian tennis world with these top tennis betting tips, predictions and strategies.
The Rogers Cup, also known as the Canadian Open, is the third oldest tournament in world tennis. Only Wimbledon and the US Open holding events have been around for longer. The first-ever tournament was held back in 1881 and was originally played on grass courts. However, organisers changed it to become a hard court event in the 1970s as part of the US Open summer series of tournaments.
The event is both an ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 Event. As such, it is one of the flagship events on the world tennis calendar for both male and female players. It is played over one week – like most premier events on the tours. This means fans can expect to see some of the world’s best players in action throughout those thrilling seven days.
Both draws, male and female, feature 28 players – meaning the world’s elite are all in action in Canada this week.
The men’s event takes place in Toronto at the Aviva Centre whilst the women’s event is held at the IGA Stadium in Montreal.
The tournament takes place between Saturday 4th August – Sunday 12th August 2018
Previous Winners (Men’s)
With the Roger Cup’s illustrious history, this is the 138th edition of the tournament, meaning many of the biggest names in the history of the game have won the Rogers Cup in the past. Ivan Lendl holds the record for the most wins in Toronto with 6 trophies in a 10 year period. Meanwhile, recently crowned Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic, has won 4 titles in Toronto so far in his career.
Other big names to have claimed the title are Rafael Nadal (3), Andy Murray (3), Andre Agassi (3) and Roger Federer (2).
As it stands, Alexander Zverev is the defending champion – with the young German picking up his maiden Masters’ title in 2017 – managing to defeat the legendary Roger Federer in the final.
Previous Winners (Women’s)
The women’s event is 127 years old and it has had its share of big-name winners over its history. Monica Seles shares the record in the open era with 4 tournament wins (consecutively between 1995-98) along with Chris Evert. Erstwhile, serial Grand Slam winners Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova have won the Canadian Open 3 times each.
Fellow big names that have been victorious include Justine Henin, Steffi Graf, Amelie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis have won the title on two occasions apiece.
Ukrainian player, Elina Svitolina picked up the trophy last year and she will be one of the favourites to defend her crown this week.
2018 Tournament Preview
The absence of Roger Federer is the headline at the Rogers Cup this week, meaning Rafael Nadal will be the top seed in Toronto. Novak Djokovic arrives in good form following his Wimbledon triumph as does the big-serving duo of John Isner and Kevin Anderson who reached the semi-final and final at SW19 respectively.
Elsewhere, Andy Murray makes his return to Masters 1000 tennis having been awarded a wild card and Alexander Zverev will be seeded 2nd as he looks to defend his title.
All of the world’s top 16 women are in the draw in Montreal with Wimbledon winner Angelique Kerber seeded number 4 here in Canada. Elina Svitolina has a title and ranking points to defend. Meanwhile, world number 1, Simona Halep, will be looking to return to form having already picked up the French Open this season.
No WTA event is complete without the presence of Venus and Serena Williams. They are both in the draw along with home favourite Eugenie Bouchard, who has been awarded a wild card.