The National Bank Open, formerly Rogers Cup

BMW Player List: WTA Athletes set to cruise into Toronto as the National Bank Open presented by Rogers returns

July 14, 2022

It’s been some time, but the Canadian Open is set to return in style. The NBO player list presented by BMW includes the best of the best, that truly are in a class of their own. With the tournament set to kick off in August, a luxurious cast of tennis’ best players bring this tournament to the forefront of the national sports stage.

After a nearly three-year wait, the National Bank Open presented by Rogers makes its official return at full capacity and will once again welcome fans in Toronto to Sobeys Stadium (August 6 to 14). To mark the occasion, the tournament will have the privilege of presenting exceptional draws, as the vast majority of the members of the Hologic WTA Top 50 are slated to compete!

In Toronto, 41 of the top 43-ranked players on the Hologic WTA Tour are on the entry list, including two-time Roland-Garros champion and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek. Also among them are fan favourites Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, and Toronto-born star Emma Raducanu. The stacked list of players doesn’t stop there, as 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams elected to use her protected ranking to enter the National Bank Open main draw for the first time since her run to the finals in 2019. Canadian fans won’t have a hard time remembering that championship match, as Williams finished runner-up to none other than Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu. A rematch at this year’s tournament is still in the cards, with Andreescu making her return to Toronto with a Top 20 wildcard. 

Joining Andreescu as the other Canadian on the player list is world No. 14 Leylah Annie Fernandez. The 2021 US Open finalist has her sights set on winning her first National Bank Open main-draw match. And while Fernandez’s session is yet to be announced, it’s confirmed that Andreescu will kick off her campaign during the night session on Tuesday, August 9. Another early-round contest to look forward to will be Swiatek’s second-round match, scheduled during the day session on Wednesday, August 10.

“When you read over that star-studded list, it’s hard not to get excited about the WTA Tour making its return to Sobeys Stadium,” said Karl Hale, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Toronto. “Not only is this one of the strongest, if not the strongest, player list we’ve ever submitted, but it’s also the first time in three years that the National Bank Open returns to a full capacity. We’re thrilled that these players will have a chance to play in front of a packed house, and we’re even happier for our fans who will get to watch tennis’ very best at the 2022 edition of the National Bank Open.”

Complete entry list for Toronto below:

  1. SWIATEK, Iga
  2. KONTAVEIT, Anett
  3. SAKKARI, Maria
  4. BADOSA, Paula
  5. KENIN, Sofia
  6. JABEUR, Ons
  7. SABALENKA, Aryna
  8. COLLINS, Danielle
  9. PEGULA, Jessica
  10. MUGURUZA, Garbiñe
  11. RADUCANU, Emma
  12. GAUFF, Coco
  13. KASATKINA, Daria
  1. BENCIC, Belinda
  2. FERNANDEZ, Leylah Annie
  3. PLISKOVA, Karolina
  4. HALEP, Simona
  5. WILLIAMS, Serena
  6. KREJCIKOVA, Barbora
  7. OSTAPENKO, Jelena
  8. KUDERMETOVA, Veronika
  9. AZARENKA, Victoria
  10. TEICHMANN, Jil
  11. ANISIMOVA, Amanda
  12. RYBAKINA, Elena
  13. KVITOVA, Petra
  14. HADDAD MAIA, Beatriz
  15. TREVISAN, Martina
  16. KEYS, Madison
  17. GIORGI, Camila
  18. ALEXANDROVA, Ekaterina
  19. MERTENS, Elise
  20. PUTINTSEVA, Yulia
  21. RISKE-AMRITRAJ, Alison
  22. CIRSTEA, Sorana
  23. KANEPI, Kaia
  24. SASNOVICH, Aliaksandra
  25. ZHANG, Shuai
  26. CORNET, Alizé
  27. KALININA, Anhelina
  28. OSAKA, Naomi
  29. VAN UYTVANCK, Alison
  31. ANDREESCU, Bianca
  32. Wild Card
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  34. Wild Card
  35. Wild Card
  36. Qualifier
  37. Qualifier
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