Rogers Cup likely to be held this summer after receiving provincial approval
The Rogers Cup is likely to be held this summer, as Tennis Canada announced that it has received a letter of approval from provincial authorities in Quebec to host the event in Montreal.
Scheduled for August 7-15, the event still needs approval from the federal government. Tennis Canada stated in a release that tournament health and safety protocols are now being reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Additionally, Tennis Canada said the provincial approval in Montreal is for a broadcast-only scenario without fans at this stage, but the organization hopes improving vaccination rates and a decline in COVID-19 cases will allow for limited fan attendance.
It must be noted that while the women's tournament has been granted approval to be hosted in Montreal by authorities in Quebec, talks are still ongoing with the Ontario government to allow the men’s National Bank Open to be held August 7-15 in Toronto. Furthermore, Tennis Canada confirmed that the option of hosting the events in the United States is no longer being considered.
The Rogers Cup was last held in 2019, with Rafael Nadal triumph over Daniil Medvedev in the final. The women's tournament saw hometown favorite Bianca Andreescu defeat Serena Williams after the latter withdrew due to injury.