With the 2014 Rogers Cup less than a week away, tournament officials have released the official seeds for the event. The top seeding will go to Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who currently rank atop of their respective tours. Both Djokovic and Williams are three-time Rogers Cup champions and will be campaigning for a fourth crown at the event.
The tournament will also feature a pair of Canadian stars, as Eugenie Bouchard is seeded sixth in the Montreal draw, while Milos Raonic is at No. 7 in the Toronto Draw. Both players will receive a bye into the second round of the tournament.
“This year is shaping up to be one of our best yet with all of the top players arriving in Toronto in peak form,” said Karl Hale, tournament director, Rogers Cup Toronto. “The players really take our tournament seriously and our world-class seedings list illustrates that perfectly. With such an extraordinary field of athletes, we are looking forward to seeing them finally take the court and we hope our fans enjoy what is sure-to-be an amazing week of tennis.”
The No. 2 seeds will be defending champion Rafael Nadal in Toronto and Li Na in Montreal, who will be placed on the opposite sides of the draw from Djokovic and Williams. Other notable seeded players in Toronto include 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer (No. 3) and British No. 1 Andy Murray (No. 9), while in Montreal will feature Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (No. 3) and Russian superstar Maria Sharapova (No. 5).
“We are very excited for this year’s tournament and that excitement has spread throughout all of Montreal,” said Eugene Lapierre, tournament director, Rogers Cup Montreal. “With the best players in the world, including Montreal’s own Eugenie Bouchard, here in town this year we know our fans are going to witness incredible tennis every single day. We can’t wait for the tournament to start.”
World No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro has also officially withdrawn from the tournament, which was an expected decision since the Argentine is still recovering from a wrist injury that has had him sidelined since the early portion of the season.
The official draw for Rogers Cup Toronto will take place on Friday, August 1 at 4 p.m