ATP Major Tennis Tournament #6

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The Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada is one of the major tournaments on the ATP World Tour calendar. It is a major tournament because it 1 of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category events.

In a Grand Slam tournament there is a 128 player draw. The Rogers Cup has a 56-player draw. This means that the top 8 seeds have a BYE in the first round and play their first match in the 2nd round. The top 16 players are seeded as opposed to the 32 in a Grand Slam event.

The Rogers Cup is the 6th of these 9 events to be played in 2009. Each year this event is played in Canada and on hard courts, however it alternates between where it is held, either Toronto or Montreal. The odd numbered years are played in Montreal and the even numbered years are played in Toronto.

The Rogers Cup will be held from Saturday August 8 through to the final on Sunday August 16. This event was formerly known as the Canadian Open and was first held in 1881. After Wimbledon and the US Open it is the longest running tournament in tennis history.

Last year Rafael Nadal won in Toronto by defeating Nicolas Kiefer of Germany in the final 6-3 6-2. For Kiefer it was his first time he had won through to the final of a major tournament. Nadal earned 1000 points for the victory whilst Kiefer claimed 700 points as the runner-up in this event category.

At Toronto in 2008 the semi finalists were Gilles Simon and Andy Murray. The quarter finalists were Marin Cilic, James Blake, Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet.

In 2008 the Rogers Cup was held earlier than this year because the Olympics were added to the tournament calendar. Due to the fact that the rankings are based on a 12 month rolling system, all ATP players have lost the ranking points they earned at the Rogers Cup in 2008.

The hardest hit player is runner-up Nicolas Kiefer. Kiefer lost his 700 ranking points on Monday of this week, leaving him with 535 points. The 32 year old German dropped 94 spots from world No.34 down to No.128!

With this ranking plummet Kiefer will not be directly accepted into the main draw of the tournament. He will need to play in the qualifying rounds to win his way through to make the 1st round, unless of course, the tournament awards him a wild card.

In case you were wondering Roger Federer has won the Rogers Cup ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament twice. Will he win a 3rd? I’m sure he probably thinks it is his cup after all, given it has his name on it.

Please comment if any of the above needs further explanation. The aim is to make it easy for everybody to understand the tournaments!

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