Friday, August 9, 2019 – Bianca Andreescu waves to the crowd after her match against Karolina Pliskova in quarter-finals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Jared Wickerham/Tennis Canada)
- Reigning champion Bianca Andreescu to compete in Montreal.
- Tennis Canada issues status update on Montreal tournament with four weeks to go.
The very first edition of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers is set to be packed full of stars as the world’s best players on the WTA Tour descend on Montreal from August 7-15, 2021. See below for an update on the status of the National Bank Open in Montreal.
In Montreal, IGA Stadium will play host to some of the best players on the planet with 18 of the WTA’s top 20 players having confirmed they will participate. That means World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty will be at the National Bank Open. Joining her and playing on home soil for the first time since her historic run to the title in Toronto in 2019 is Canadian Bianca Andreescu. Having returned from injury earlier this year, the 2019 US Open champion will be hoping to defend her National Bank Open crown in front of a passionate and vibrant home crowd. Confirmed to compete alongside Barty and Andreescu are World No. 2 Naomi Osaka, World No. 3 Aryna Sabalenka and 2017 National Bank Open champion Elina Svitolina (No. 5). Growing Canadian sensation Leylah Fernandez will also be back home in Quebec to take part in the event after receiving a wildcard from the tournament.
“I’m very excited to come back to Montreal and to compete at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers,” said reigning champion Bianca Andreescu. “As a Canadian, this tournament has a special place in my heart and it is always such a pleasure to play in front of the best fans in the world. Winning the National Bank Open in 2019 was a dream come true, and I hope I can defend the title next month in Montreal.”
“After two years of waiting, it’s such a pleasure to be able to once again announce our player field for the National Bank Open presented by Rogers as we prepare to host the best players in the world in Montreal,” stated Eugène Lapierre, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Montreal. “There is so much excitement and anticipation for our event this year and we cannot wait to deliver an incredible spectacle. We are delighted to welcome the likes of Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka, as well as Bianca Andreescu, who we know will get a reception for the ages from our passionate fans in Montreal.”
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Sportsnet is the official English broadcaster and TVA Sports is the official French broadcaster of the 2021 National Bank Open. Fans who are unable to attend the events in person are also encouraged to follow the official National Bank Open social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as the official website, www.nationalbankopen.com. Fans can also download the official National Bank Open app on the Apple App Store or Google Play at the end of July.
Update on the status of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers
The National Bank Open presented by Rogers in Montreal has a letter of approval from the provincial health authorities in Quebec for the event to take place under it submitted protocols, which are now being reviewed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The tournament in Montreal is planning for limited-fan attendance and, as such, a general sale for a limited number of tickets is now open to the public on the official National Bank Open website, www.omniumbanquenationale.com.