2016 has been a crazy year for tennis.
From Serena Williams breaking records left and right to Milos Raonic making history as the first Canadian to reach a Wimbledon final, even casual tennis fans have been following the sport more closely lately.
And who can blame them? Those blisteringly fast serves, the footwork, the outfits – it’s a sport that is way cooler than most people give it credit for.
So if you’re looking for a fun event to add to your calendar, you should definitely clear your schedule for this year’s Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank, the 135-year-old tournament is the sporting event of the summer.
A star-studded lineup
Novak Djokovic, and of course our hometown hero, Milos Raonic, are just a few of the stars you’ll see at this year’s men’s tournament held at Toronto’s Aviva Stadium. In Montreal, you can catch Serena and Venus Williams slaying the courts, as well as Canadian powerhouse Eugenie Bouchard.
Non-stop entertainment courtesy of Cirque du Soleil
What happens when the world’s largest theatrical company joins forces with one of the country’s biggest sporting events? We have no clue, but we can’t wait to see it happen. For the first time ever, Toronto Rogers Cup attendees will get to see Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, Luzia, performed on-site daily throughout the tournament.
Want to take a little piece of the Rogers Cup home with you? You can pick up some sweet tennis gear and merchandise from the Retail Village and Sporting Life stores on-site. You can also head over to the silent auction (also in the Retail Village, as well as the Mazda VIP Lounge) and bid on some exclusive memorabilia you won’t find anywhere else.
The mouth-watering food options
Don’t worry, it’s not just pizza and hamburgers on the menu here. For instance, The Avocart will be making an appearance at this year’s tournament. They’ll be offering a variety of tasty and nutritious options like Avocado Paleta Popsicles, a Mexican-style Stacked Avocado Salad, and Poke with Avocado.
The off-court action
The Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is running from July 23-31 (July 22-31 in Montreal), meaning you’ll have plenty of time to sightsee between matches. For Toronto, we recommend making some reservations for Summerlicious, the city’s popular annual prix fixe food event. You can also stop by the Beaches International Jazz Festival; both events end on July 24.
In Montreal, you can indulge your inner cinephile at the Fantasia Film Festival or take in a show at the largest comedy festival in the world, Just for Laughs. You could also grab a bite to eat or have a drink in Jean-Talon Market. Brewpub Brasserie Harricana and gin pub Le Pourvoyeur are both within walking distance of the Uniprix Stadium.