Tennis Canada announced yesterday that three players will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame during the 2012 tournament – Jim Courier, Martina Hingis and Lorne Main.
The three tennis legends have been chosen this year for their outstanding contribution to the tournament, which is Canada’s most famous and respected professional tennis tournament. In addition to participating in an exhibition match with Andre Agassi and Martina Navratilova, Courier and Hingis are expected to be inducted on Centre Court during Legend Night (which takes place in Monday 6th August).Main will then be inducted during a special evening ceremony of the Rogers Cup semi-final the following Saturday.
All three players have supported Canadian tennis events throughout their careers, although Main is the only Canadian. Courier has a total of 23 ATP singles titles under his belt, including 4 Grand Slam titles, and a former world number 1 ranking. He has twice reached the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup, and is the 1993 doubles champion with Mark Knowles. Hingis is one of just six players to consecutively win titles at the Rogers Cup – in 1999 and 2000 – and one of only three players to win both singles and doubles titles in the same year. Main is as much of a legend in his native Canada as he is across the world, with two Rogers Cup doubles titles and a singles finals appearance under his belt.
The Rogers Cup, formerly known as the Canadian Open, is one of the most prestigious events on the world tour and this year is due to take place in two locations. The men’s tournament will take place from August 4th to 12th at the Rexall Centre, and reigning champion Novak Djokovic has been confirmed to play along with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Uniprix Centre will host the women’s tournament, running from August 4th to 13th, and stars including Maria Sharapova and current world number 1 Victoria Azarenka will be competing.
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