In a column for the Rogers Cup website, Tournament Director Karl Hale spoke about this year's event that took place in Montreal on the men's side and in Toronto on the women's side. Hale wrote: "Four months have been and gone since I last wrote one of these.
Four incredible months for Canadian tennis and for Bianca Andreescu in particular. To see a Canadian lift the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank trophy for the first time in 50 years and then go on to win the US Open was beyond special.
It’s something that I could only dream of for most of my lifetime. Now, it’s a reality. It all started when my acting skills were put to the test with the announcement of our best-ever player field in June. That announcement set the tone for a record-breaking event with over 128,000 people attending over the nine days.
Bianca’s victory in Toronto captivated the country, inspiring more Canadians to pick up a racquet and take up tennis. It was the icing on the cake for what was an amazing tournament this year." We will see how many top players will show up in ATP Toronto next year as players' priority will be the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Roger Federer does not plan to compete in the Canadian event while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal may play if they are injury-free after Toronto. Rafael Nadal won the Rogers Cup this year and as Hale mentioned above, Andreescu won the Rogers Cup among the women.