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National Bank Open Presented By Rogers 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

National Bank Open Presented By Rogers 2023: Draws, Dates, History & All You Need To Know

All about the ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada

The sixth ATP Masters 1000 event of the season will see the ATP Tour’s best compete at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the tournament in Toronto:

When is the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

The 2023 National Bank Open Presented by Rogers will be held from 7-13 August. The hard-court ATP Masters 1000 tournament, established in 1881, will take place at Sobeys Stadium in Toronto, Canada. The tournament director is Karl Hale.

Who is playing at the 2023 National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

The Toronto field will feature World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Holger Rune and more.

When is the draw for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

The Toronto draw will be made Friday 4 August at 4:30 p.m.

What is the schedule for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

*Qualifying: Saturday, 5 August – Sunday, 6 August starting at 11 a.m.
*Main Draw: Monday, 7 August – Thursday, 10 August starting at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Friday, 11 August at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 12 August at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
*Doubles Final: Sunday, 13 August at 1:30 p.m.
*Singles Final: Sunday, 13 August not before 4 p.m.

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What is the prize money and points for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

The prize money for the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers is $6,600,000.

Winner: $1,019,335 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $556,630 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $304,375 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $166,020 / 180 points
Round of 16: $88,805 / 90 points
Round of 32: $47,620 / 45 points
Round of 56: $26,380 / 10 points

DOUBLES ($ per team)
Winner: $312,740 / 1,000 points
Finalist: $169,880 / 600 points
Semi-finalist: $93,310 / 360 points
Quarter-finalist: $51,470 / 180 points
Round of 16: $28,310 / 90 points
Round of 32: $15,450 / 0 points

How can I watch National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

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How can I follow the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers?

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Who won the last edition of the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in 2022?

Pablo Carreno Busta won the 2022 National Bank Open Presented by Rogers title with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Hubert Hurkacz in the championship match.(Read & Watch). Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski lifted the doubles trophy, defeating Daniel Evans and John Peers 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 in the final.(Read More).

Who holds the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers record for most titles, oldest champion, youngest champion and more?

Most Titles, Singles: Ivan Lendl (6)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (5)
Oldest Champion: Rafael Nadal, 33, in 2019
Youngest Champion: Michael Chang, 18, in 1990
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Bjorn Bjorg in 1979, John McEnroe in 1984-85, Ivan Lendl in 1987-89, Andre Agassi in 1995, Roger Federer in 2004 & 2006, Novak Djokovic in 2011 & 2016, Rafael Nadal in 2018
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 95 Mikael Pernfors in 1993
Last Home Champion: None
Most Match Wins: Ivan Lendl (57)

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Nakashima: 'My Time Will Come'

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Nakashima: ‘My Time Will Come’

American reflects on his progress

Last November, Brandon Nakashima hit his greatest height. The American captured the Next Gen ATP Finals title, previously won by Hyeon Chung, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. Each of those players quickly vaulted to the top of the sport, either by reaching a major semi-final or cracking the Top 10 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

Nakashima has taken the slower approach to his climb since emerging victorious in Milan. Entering his second-round match of the Mubadala Citi DC Open against former World No. 1 Andy Murray, the American is 9-13 on the season. Whereas some players would be antsy to continue their ascent, Nakashima is patient.

“I always thought to myself that you’re always going to have some good results, you’re going to have some bad results,” Nakashima said. “But at the end of the day, it’s important to keep developing your game and staying healthy out there. And if I keep doing that and keep enjoying it, I’m sure my time will come and I’ll have those opportunities.”

It has not simply been a case of disappointing results this year for the 21-year-old Californian. At the end of the preseason, Nakashima began to feel pain in his left knee. Despite not being 100 per cent, he competed in Australia to begin the season in the hopes of playing some matches.

The pain lingered through the early months of the year, so Nakashima and his team decided to take off time after Miami to physically recover and get his body right.

“Honestly, this year, I’ve learned that you can’t take things for granted out here. You can’t take your body for granted, your health. At the end of the year, I unfortunately had to miss a few tournaments, and I never really had that before,” Nakashima said. “So it really gave me perspective to be thankful that you’re healthy at the end of the day and you’re able to play these tournaments, no matter the result.

“Obviously, you want to do well at all the tournaments. But I just try to take each day at a time. You’re not always going to have good moments, there’s definitely going to be some tough moments as well.”

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When Nakashima was out, he was not twiddling his thumbs. The American worked hard to rehab his knee and even did so in Italy, near Monte-Carlo, for part of the process.

“The days were still long. We were spending a lot of time in the gym, a lot of time with the physios and the doctors to try to make sure that I got better as soon as possible,” Nakashima said. “So there wasn’t much downtime, honestly, the days were still very long. But I tried to enjoy it as much as possible and look for the positives in everything.”

Nakashima returned a few weeks before Roland Garros and has consistently been in action since. Signs of good form came in Lyon, where he reached his first semi-final of the season. Last week in Atlanta, he battled hard against red-hot countryman Christopher Eubanks and on Tuesday, Nakashima defeated Atlanta finalist Aleksandar Vukic in Washington.

The American is not comparing his path to that of any other players. Just because Alcaraz won the Next Gen ATP Finals crown in 2021 and finished ATP Year-End No. 1 presented by Pepperstone the following year does not mean failing to do so is a reflection on Nakashima.

“At the end of the day, each person, each player, has their own path. It doesn’t matter if you win the same tournament, or at the same age or whatever. All these players, their goal is to get to the top. Each player has their own journey,” Nakashima said. “Maybe it takes them a shorter amount of time to reach their goals, or maybe other players, it takes them a little while longer.

“You have to go through these tough moments or these experiences to get you to where you want to be. I’m just trying to focus on myself out here. I know that my game is improving each day. My time will come. It’s just a matter of sticking to it and sticking to the process.”

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Nakashima believes that his game is developing well and that there is simply a lot of great competition on the ATP Tour. He pointed to Eubanks’ recent run of results as an example of many players being capable of breaking through at any moment. With that in mind, he is confident that by continuing to work hard, the results will come.

Most of all, Nakashima is taking in the whole experience. The ability to travel the world to play tennis in front of thousands of fans is not lost on him.

“I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible. Of course, there are difficult times out there,” Nakashima said. “But it’s just trying to take it one day at a time and trying to enjoy every moment, because at the end of the day, not many people get to have these experiences, travelling around the world and playing these tournaments. So even when times get tough, I try to say to myself, I should be very thankful and privileged to be living this life.”

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Thiem Reverses Horror Start To Reach Kitzbuehel QFs

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Thiem Reverses Horror Start To Reach Kitzbuehel QFs

Austrian looking for second title at this event

Home favourite and 2019 champion Dominic Thiem reached his third quarter-final on clay this year after rallying from a first-set beatdown against Zhang Zhizhen at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel Wednesday.

Thiem took time to adjust to starkly different conditions to the night match he played on Tuesday before pulling away to a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win. The 29-year-old Austrian crushed a trademark down-the-line fadeaway backhand from deep behind the baseline to break in the opening game of the third set and never relinquished his lead.

“The first set was so tough, with completely different conditions to last night. I felt it was 15 degrees warmer and the ball was bouncing completely different. I didn’t know what was going on and it felt that he was playing so fast,” said Thiem, who did not offer up a break point in the final two sets.

“I just tried to put the first set out of my head and start the match from zero. I had a pretty good start to the second set and that was the turnaround today.

“He was playing very fast, very flat, and if I wasn’t aggressive enough he would put me away, like he did in the first set. So I tried to play more offensively and make him have more mistakes. I did a good job of that in sets two and three.”

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Thiem lost nine of his first 10 matches in 2023, and came into this tournament No. 116 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. He was 6-5 during the clay swing through Roland Garros but went winless during the grass swing, which included a valiant fifth-set tie-break loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Wimbledon.

Suffering a tear in his right wrist that forced him to miss nine months from June 2021-March 2022, Thiem is looking for his first title since claiming his lone major at the US Open in September 2020.

The former World No. 3 next faces a first-time meeting with Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech, who took out second seed Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 7-6(3), 6-3.

Alex Molcan staged one of the greatest comebacks of the season to defeat Sebastian Ofner 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5). The Slovakian saved two match points trailing 0-5 in the second set as he began a winning streak of nine straight games to lead 2-0 in the third set.

On the cusp of victory, Ofner suddenly began to struggle to put his serve into play while Molcan knuckled down and played rock-sold tennis. The left-hander will next play Argentine Sebastian Baez, who enjoyed a crushing 6-1, 6-2 win over sixth-seed Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena. The 22-year-old Baez has dropped just nine games through the first two rounds.

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Why Calm & Composure Are Key For Auger-Aliassime

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Why Calm & Composure Are Key For Auger-Aliassime

Canadian reflects on 2023 season so far

After a breakout 2022 season, Felix Auger-Aliassime will be the first to admit this year has not been perfect. But the Canadian, who is the third seed this week at the Mubadala Citi DC Open, is using what some might view as a difficult campaign as a learning experience to grow.

Despite struggling with knee pain in recent months, the No. 12 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings has remained positive.

“You’ve never heard of an athlete that never had injuries, especially tennis players who play a lot. It’s a tough sport physically, so there’s for sure going to be injuries at some point in a career,” Auger-Aliassime said. “And looking back, I feel like I was fortunate enough that the last three or four years I never had a serious injury. And even now, this one this year wasn’t so serious, but just one that I was dealing with some pain for quite a long time, a few months. And I always try to take the positive out of it.”

Auger-Aliassime has not won consecutive matches since reaching the Indian Wells quarter-finals in March. His past two tournaments were at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, where he lost in the opening round as he struggled with his knee.

But the Canadian explained that dealing with the situation has allowed him to learn and help restructure to avoid future injuries.

“[It allowed me to] be really focussed on doing the right things and putting even more prevention in my work and becoming even more precise and professional and with how I do things,” the Netflix Break Point star said. “I would have loved to keep on playing and winning all the time. But I guess it was a good time to take a step back, restructure things to come back from it.”

It is a mature mindset for a player who is only 22, turning 23 on 8 August. Auger-Aliassime has gained plenty of experience since debuting on the ATP Challenger Tour aged 14.

“For me, things came quicker, or certain results or certain accomplishments came quicker than I even hoped or that I planned. So you take it. You take it when it comes,” Auger-Aliassime said. “And I guess, looking back, it was good for me that I went through certain experiences at a young age, becoming a professional at 18, and travelling the world and learning about my job, learning about how it is to deal with having a team of professionals around you, and how to manage my career in a better way. I was on the Player Council a couple years ago.

“So I feel like all these experiences, and I’m still [just turning] 23, I think it’s a great thing. It’s a great thing. And I think it’s going to be a big help over my career.”

Speaking about the lessons he has learned, Auger-Aliassime said: “I think it’s more in general just focussing on the things that I control. And I learned that I think at 17, 18. You want results, and you have certain expectations, but you quickly realise that you just don’t get what you want, just by really wanting it or working for it.

“You have to really trust that by doing the right things on a daily basis that eventually you will get to where you want to be. And [you need] to really be convinced, deep inside of you that you will get there and trust in training and trust the professionals around you.”

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Last year Auger-Aliassime won the first four ATP Tour titles of his career, reached a career-high World No. 6 and qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals. It would have been nice to maintain his momentum, but Auger-Aliassime is not overreacting to a 13-11 start to 2023.

“[It is important] to stay very calm and composed,” Auger-Aliassime said. “To be proactive when things aren’t working well, but to never panic. And I think that was a big key for me to, to my consistency.”

The Canadian will try to get back on track this week in Washington, where he is happy to be competing for the third time.

“There’s a lot of diversity in the city. First of all, I go to restaurants and I see many different faces, which is always great to see. And I think that’s one thing that I love also when I come to the site, I’m practising and I’m playing matches,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I have people from various ages and young kids, families or older people, adults from many different backgrounds that also come from very different places. So it’s nice to see that kind of diversity.

“I think Washington does have that and then I love the layout of the city in a way, how green it is. You walk around, there’s parks. It’s very green. There’s not skyscrapers and tall buildings, so you don’t feel suffocated in a way. So yeah, I think those are things that I like about the city and I mean, it’s a tournament that’s been going on for many years. So people are used to having tennis, used to having a tournament here, so they come out in big numbers and it’s always great to see.”

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De Minaur Makes Winning Start In Los Cabos

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

De Minaur Makes Winning Start In Los Cabos

The Australian is aiming for his eighth tour-level title

Fifth seed Alex de Minaur passed a stern test Tuesday to begin his title quest at the Mifel Tennis Open by Telcel Oppo.

Amidst humid conditions, the 24-year-old defeated Tunisian qualifier Skander Mansouri 6-4, 6-4 after recovering from a break down twice in the second set. Despite making just 47 per cent of his first serves, De Minaur dropped just four points behind his first delivery to advance at the ATP 250 tournament.

The World No. 19 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings broke Mansouri’s serve at 5-4 in both sets and sealed the match after one hour, 45 minutes.

A seven-time tour-level titlist, De Minaur’s opening-round victory in Los Cabos marks his 180th tour-level match win. The Sydney-native has not lost in the first round of any tournament this season.

Making his Los Cabos debut, De Minaur has already tasted success in Mexico this season, claiming his biggest career title at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco in February. De Minaur will next meet Argentine Thiago Agustin Tirante in the second round of the ATP 250 tournament.

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Albot: 'When You Have A Daughter Like This, Winning Or Losing Doesn't Matter'

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Albot: ‘When You Have A Daughter Like This, Winning Or Losing Doesn’t Matter’

Moldovan reflects on fatherhood

Radu Albot’s life is about far more than tennis. These days, it is focussed on his daughter, three-year-old Adeline.

A prime example of that came at Wimbledon. After Albot won a match in qualifying, young Adeline ran onto the court to congratulate her father.

“They asked me, How does it feel winning and I was holding her in my hands during the interview,” Albot recalled. “I said when you have a daughter like this, winning or losing doesn’t matter. So at the end of the day, I guess even when you lose, and you’re playing with your kid, it just puts your mood up and you forget about everything.”

Albot won his first ATP Tour title at Delray Beach in 2019 and later that year climbed to a career-high No. 39 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. But his most impactful moment in recent years came when Adeline was born.

“It changed me of course. So much more responsibility. When you’re home, there [are many] more things to do and it’s around her,” Albot said. “The world is around her now. So in the morning, I was waking up before and I was doing my stuff. Now, first thing I do, I go to wake her up when I’m home. I go put the clothes on, my wife is preparing breakfast, we eat and we go to the kindergarten.

“Before I could do whatever I wanted. Now, I need to go to the kindergarten every time [at] eight o’clock in the morning. Everything is around her. [Around this] I need to plan the day, what I do, how I practise. And then I need to pick her up around five from kindergarten, so that’s the new stuff. And of course, in the evening you need to pay attention. She wants to play with you, especially when I’m travelling a lot and I’m coming back she always [says] to me ‘Daddy, I miss you.’”

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When Albot, who is competing this week at the Mubadala Citi DC Open, speaks with his daughter on the phone, she often asks why he left for work. “It’s a little bit sentimental of course,” he said.

Last year, Adeline and Albot’s wife, Doina, joined him during this North American swing. This year, they spent more time with him in Europe.

“It’s not so easy to take her so often from kindergarten, because she’s also missing her friends. She is also there with their activities,” Albot said. “There is a group chat from the kindergarten and they’re sending all the time pictures [of] what they’re doing. They go fishing, they go to some theatres with the kids. They go in the forest to see some bugs, they go in the forest to see some some flowers and different grass.

“She [also] needs to develop herself. She doesn’t need to travel all the time with me because she’s developing with kids of the same age. And she likes it in the kindergarten.”

Regardless if Adeline is with him on the road or back at kindergarten, Albot carries Adeline with him in his heart. That matters more to him than results.

“Of course you want to win all the matches,” Albot said. “But if you have your family and everybody is healthy and everything is good around [you], it doesn’t really matter so much.”

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Durant On Tiafoe: 'He's Bringing The Energy'

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Durant On Tiafoe: ‘He’s Bringing The Energy’

NBA superstar and Tiafoe both Washington locals

Frances Tiafoe was not the only local star inside the Stadium at the Mubadala Citi DC Open on Tuesday night. NBA superstar Kevin Durant was in attendance to watch the American’s 7-6(5), 7-6(5) victory over Aslan Karatsev.

After the match, the two shared a nice embrace on court. Durant joined Tiafoe and stadium emcee Rennae Stubbs for an interview on court. How is Durant’s tennis game?

“Mine is nonexistent,” Durant said, cracking a laugh. “But there was a lot of energy in the building tonight. It was exciting, I’m glad he got the win.”

Durant was sure to point out the impact Tiafoe is making on his local community. The American last year made the US Open semi-finals and this June cracked the Top 10 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The fans showed their appreciation for Tiafoe’s efforts all night long and helped push him to his win.

“He’s just bringing, first of all, that energy from this area,” Durant said. “He’s representing right, so we’re all proud of him.”

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Tiafoe has long spoken about his roots as a kid in the area training at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland. On Tuesday he came full circle and was the centre of attention, celebrated by a global icon in Durant.

“Think about it. I was a kid who had an opportunity and dreamed massively big. Shouldn’t be doing any of these things, honestly. [I was] sneaking into this event, telling my parents I was going to be a pro at a super young age, against all odds, wearing hand-me-down clothes, holes in my shoes, cargo shorts,” Tiafoe said. “Now I’m playing this tournament. People are here to see me. I’m packing it out. Doubles was nuts yesterday. Packed it out today. Guys like KD and [Kentavious] Caldwell-Pope and Gaff [Daniel Gafford] want to come see me play.

“I have just worked really hard over the years. I think it’s come from a great place. I’m super humble about it. I’m humble they want to take the time out and come and watch me play. Yeah, it’s so impactful, and it’s one of those things you want to keep these moments going.”

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Tiafoe Thrills Home Crowd, Mmoh Saves 3 MPs In Washington

  • Posted: Aug 02, 2023

Tiafoe Thrills Home Crowd, Mmoh Saves 3 MPs In Washington

Ruusuvuori downs last year’s finalist Nishioka

Cheered on by NBA legend Kevin Durant, American Frances Tiafoe opened his Mubadala Citi DC Open campaign with a tight 7-6(5), 7-6(5) win against Aslan Karatsev on Tuesday.

The second seed Tiafoe, who has claimed titles in Houston and Stuttgart this year, thrilled the home crowd with his shotmaking ability throughout the two-hour, nine-minute contest and absorbed Karatsev’s firepower to advance at the ATP 500 event. 

Playing in his first match since Wimbledon, the 25-year-old Tiafoe fought off a set point on serve at 5-4 in the second set to avoid going the distance and later in the tie-break, he won four consecutive points after falling behind 3/5.

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“Unbelievable match tonight. It was so tight all the way through, he really made me earn it,” Tiafoe said in his on-court interview. “I’m just happy to get through. He’s a tough player, he’s made the semis of a Grand Slam and he’s very, very dangerous. Very tough first round.” 

With Durant sitting courtside, Tiafoe earned his second Lexus ATPHead2Head win against Karatsev to set a first-time meeting against 18-year-old Chinese star Shang Juncheng in the second round. In his seventh appearance in Washington, World No. 10 Tiafoe’s best result at the hard-court tournament came last year, when he made the quarter-finals before falling to eventual champion Nick Kyrgios. 

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Earlier in the day, Michael Mmoh saved three match points to upset fourth seed Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(4). Despite having a match point of his own on return at 6-5 in the second set, Mmoh was pushed to a decider before closing the exciting two-hour, 55-minute battle.

The American traded blows from the baseline with the World No. 17 and produced a highlight reel of winners to earn his third Top 20 win of the season. Hurkacz will rue letting slip three match points, one of which came after winning a gruelling 38-shot rally at deuce. All three of the Pole’s match points came on return at 5-4 in the third set, but Mmoh held his nerve and continued to play aggressive to escape.

Australian Jordan Thompson ousted wild card Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-1 after winning 56 per cent of points behind his second serve, compared to the South African’s 40 per cent. Anderson, 37, was playing just his second tournament since returning from retirement in July. Emil Ruusuvuori produced a clean-hitting performance to rally past last year’s finalist Yoshihito Nishioka 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 after two hours, seven minutes. 

Alexander Shevchenko upset eighth seed Sebastian Korda 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 to close the day. Shevchenko, 22, saved 19 of 24 of break-points faced to survive the World No. 26.

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