Tennis tournament brings throngs of fans back to the Montreal community


Since 1892, the entire tennis world has traveled to Canada to watch some of the best in the world compete against each other. It’s been the source of dramatic matches for the sport, but more importantly, a place for the community to gather and spend time with each other.”First week of August, it’s tennis in Montreal. Pretty much the whole city is here,” said Montreal resident Genevieve Harbec. The National Bank Open, formally known as the Rogers Cup, brings tennis to Canadian courts in Toronto and Montreal every single year, alternating between the men and women’s tournaments. Regardless of who comes into town, it’s a massive event that draws tennis experts and festival goers alike. But prior to this year, the event hasn’t felt the same. Gus Palkovi has been coming to the tournament with his brother for over 40 years, but COVID restrictions since 2020 have scaled back the scope of what the event can be.”There was no ambiance. Just one court was open,” said Palkovi. But that all changed this year, with the Canadian government opening up the country, and even investing $10 million into keeping the premier event in Montreal for years to come.”It’s back to normal now. It’s fun, it’s a family event,” said Palkovi. “Even if you’re not going to watch a match, just to hang out and check everything out it’s a lot of fun.” The opening days of the tournament featured IGA Family Weekend, which included free admission and activities for kids. Now, competitive play is in full force with the round of 64 underway on Monday.”It’s a beautiful tournament. really awesome to be here,” said Peru native Mario Pascua. The National Bank open continues all the way through August 14th in Montreal, with the women’s tournament simultaneously going on in Toronto. Continue following NBC 5 for updates on matches throughout the tournament.

Since 1892, the entire tennis world has traveled to Canada to watch some of the best in the world compete against each other. It’s been the source of dramatic matches for the sport, but more importantly, a place for the community to gather and spend time with each other.

“First week of August, it’s tennis in Montreal. Pretty much the whole city is here,” said Montreal resident Genevieve Harbec.

The National Bank Open, formally known as the Rogers Cup, brings tennis to Canadian courts in Toronto and Montreal every single year, alternating between the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Regardless of who comes into town, it’s a massive event that draws tennis experts and festival goers alike. But prior to this year, the event hasn’t felt the same.

It was really not worth coming to

Gus Palkovi has been coming to the tournament with his brother for over 40 years, but COVID restrictions since 2020 have scaled back the scope of what the event can be.

“There was no ambiance. Just one court was open,” said Palkovi.

But that all changed this year, with the Canadian government opening up the country, and even investing $10 million into keeping the premier event in Montreal for years to come.

“It’s back to normal now. It’s fun, it’s a family event,” said Palkovi. “Even if you’re not going to watch a match, just to hang out and check everything out it’s a lot of fun.”

The opening days of the tournament featured the IGA Family Weekend, which included free admission and activities for kids. Now, competitive play is in full force with the round of 64 underway on Monday.

“It’s a beautiful tournament. [It’s] really awesome to be here,” said Peru native Mario Pascua.

The National Bank open continues all the way through August 14th in Montreal, with the women’s tournament simultaneously going on in Toronto. Continue following NBC 5 for updates on matches throughout the tournament.

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