With Wimbledon completed and the final Grand Slam event of the year a few weeks away, the Rogers Cup 2019 in Canada takes centre stage from August 5 to August 11.
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The Rogers Cup takes place in two locations, with the men’s event being held at the IGA Stadium in Montréal and the women’s event taking place at the Aviva Centre in Toronto (the men’s and women’s events alternate between the two cities on an annual basis).
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Given her history at this tournament and that she has been in fairly decent form this year, Simona Halep looks to be the pick to defend her title. In truth, there are at least a dozen players who come into the women’s tournament with reason to believe that they could be crowned champion though. Svitolina, having won in Toronto two years ago, could be an interesting alternative.
There is a big opportunity for one of the younger generation to challenge for the title in the men’s event, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer having both withdrawn from the event, with the recent Wimbledon finalists both opting to pick and choose their events these days to enable them to rest and recuperate in a bid to extend their careers.
However, Rafael Nadal will play in Montréal as he looks to bounce back from his semi-final defeat to Federer at Wimbledon. He will also be attempting to defend his title from 2018, which he won in Toronto after beating the young Greek player Stefanos Tsitisipas 6–2, 7–6 (7–4) in the final.
In the absence of his fellow legends of the game, it’s little surprise that Nadal (a four-time Rogers Cup champion) will be the top seed for the event.
Currently ranked no. 4 in the ATP rankings, Dominic Thiem of Austria will be the tournament’s second seed in the absence of Djokovic and Federer. The 2017 champion, Alexander Zverev, will also fancy his chances of regaining the title and build some momentum going into the US Open.
Other potential contenders include Stefanos Tsitisipas, Kei Nishikori, Karen Kachanov, Fabio Fognini and Daniil Medvedev.
Rogers Cup 2019 Betting: The Canadian challenge
From a betting perspective it’s worth noting that the first eight seeds will receive a first round bye in both the men’s and women’s events.
There is a strong Canadian presence at the tournament, with Milos Raonic joined by rising stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov at their home event. Auger-Aliassime has looked particularly promising recently and could be worth backing as an each-way bet to make the final in Montréal. Rarely, if ever, has Canadian men’s tennis looked so strong.
In addition, there are also wild card entries for Brayden Schnur, Peter Polansky and Vasek Pospisil, so ensuring that there will be plenty of Canadian representation at the tournament.
It’s difficult to look beyond a fifth Rogers Cup title for Rafa Nadal in the absence of his old adversaries, and he has to be the tip to retain the trophy. If looking for an alternative, then Zverev and Auger-Aliassime could be worth considering as potential challengers.
Rogers Cup 2019 Women’s Event
The women’s tournament in Toronto has a particularly strong field and looks far more difficult in terms of Rogers Cup predictions.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty is the current world no. 1 and she is the top seed here. Last year, in Montreal, she reached the quarter-finals and was crowned doubles champion. The second and third seeds in this year’s event are Naomi Osaka of Japan and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.
Although only seeded fourth, the player to beat could be Romania’s Simona Halep, who comes into the tournament as the defending champion after defeating Sloane Stephens, 7–6 (8–6), 3–6, 6–4 in last year’s final. Halep was also crowned champion in 2016, so she has a definite taste for this event.
Serena Williams is also scheduled to take part in the tournament and can certainly never be written off. Other players who will fancy their chances of success in Toronto are Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina (who won the event in 2017 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Caroline Wozniacki) and Stephens. Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have also been granted wild cards for the tournament.
In the women’s event Canada are represented by the fit-again world no. 26, Bianca Andreescu. There are also wild card entries for Eugenie Bouchard (remarkably, the 25 year-old Bouchard will be competing at the Rogers Cup for a 12th time) and Leylah Annie Fernandez.
At the time of writing, there are no odds available for the tournament at any of the online sportsbooks. These should be offered by the likes of bet365, Sports Interaction and 888Sport over the next few days.
Rogers Cup 2019 Picks:
- Men’s Winner – Rafael Nadal
- Women’s Winner – Simona Halep