The National Bank Open, formerly Rogers Cup

National Bank Open presented by Rogers Pre-qualifying tournament: what you need to know

July 28, 2021
WTA1000 symbol on a net in an outer court at the National Bank Open site in Montreal

Photo : Tennis Canada

Today, Thursday the 29th of July, 13 young Canadian players start their pursuit for a place in the official qualifying draw at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Montreal.  

The pre-tournament event will give a chance to one of these young and promising Canadian women to compete against the highest ranked players in the world, as the qualifying draw is populated by players inside the Top 100.  

The qualifying tournament winners will book a coveted place in the WTA 1000 tournament’s main draw, where the best tennis players in the world will fight for the ultimate prize and glory. 

Concerning the players already in the qualifying stage, their current rankings are not the most exact measure to their talent, as some of them have been ranked inside the Top 20 and Top 10. Most notably, American Sloane Stephens, the 2016 US Open champion and former World No. 3, is present in the qualifying draw. 

Sloane Stephens tosses the ball in the air for a serve in a full stadium.
Photo : Peter Power

Learn more about the qualifying event here

Who’s playing 

You can see the full pre-qualifying draw here

The top four seeds are:  

Seed Name Age WTA Ranking 
Raphaëlle Lacasse 20 743 
Mélodie Collard 18 1009 
Sarah-Maude Fortin 19 1213 
Mia Kupres 17 1691 
Lacasse plays a forehand
Raphaëlle Lacasse. Photo : Neena Channan/Tennis Canada

The remaining field: 

  • Orly Ogilvy 
  • Tiffany Lagarde 
  • Sarah L’Allier 
  • Matea Roki
  • Kayla Cross
  • Josie Usereault 
  • Shereen Peterson-Paul 
  • Rhea Verma 
  • Cadence Brace 

What are they playing for 

The Canadian women will be playing for a chance to qualify to the official qualifying draw of the National Bank Open. The qualifying tournament, played on Aug 7-8 at IGA Stadium, consists of another two matches that are must-win in order to enter the main competition starting on Monday, August 9. 

However, while the qualifying tournament will see several players guaranteed a place in the main draw, the pre-qualifying tournament will give a spot in the qualifying to one single player. This means that the tournament will have a first round, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final match where the winner takes it all. 

When will it happen 

Today there will be five first-round matches played. With 13 players, the top-three seeded players receive a BYE in the opening round and will therefore start their campaign on Friday in the quarter-finals.  

The semi-finals will be played on Saturday, July 31, and the tournament is set to finish on Sunday, August 1.  

You can check the full order of play for today right here

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