Nadal, Djokovic to play in star-studded National Bank Open in Montreal

Jul 14 2022, 10:55 pm

After a three-year hiatus, the National Bank Open is returning with a star-studded lineup that features Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, and Canadians FĆ©lix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov back on the courts in Montreal.

The tournament is set for IGAĀ Stadium from August 5 to 14.Ā 

Nadal, who holds the menā€™s all-time record of 22 Grand Slam titles, owns five Canadian crowns and is the current titleholder of the men’s event. He can match Ivan Lendl’s record of six Canadian Open titles, set in 1989, with another win.Ā 

He is currently the No. 3-ranked player in the world.Ā 

Medvedev, No. 1, is also participating, as is the No. 2-ranked Alexander Zverev of Germany.Ā 

“We are very excited to announce the Player List for the 2022 National Bank Open presented by Rogers,” Eugene Lapierre, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Montreal, said in a release. “In addition to this fantastic draw, our tournament will finally be returning to full capacity with a sensational program for everyone, from the young to the young at heart.Ā 

“Personally, I’m really looking forward to it, and I am far from the only one, judging by the sales that promise to be a record high. The Open will be the must-see event of the summer.”

Canadian duo Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov have an opportunity to win on home court. Auger-Aliassime is the No. 9-ranked men’s tennis player in the world, and Shapovalov ranks No. 24.Ā 

Shapovalov upset Nadal at the event in 2017 to reach the semifinal.Ā 

Novak Djokovic, who was crowned Wimbledon champion after beating Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Sunday, is also among the list of participants. He trails Nadal by one for the most in menā€™s tennis history.

The full list of participants is available here.

The women’s lineup was also announced Thursday, and will feature Serena Williams, No. 1 Iga Swiatek, No. 2-ranked Anett Kontaveit, and Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina alongside Canadians Leylah Annie Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu on the courts at SobeysĀ Stadium from August 6 to 14.

Sportsnet will provide English-language coverage of the 2022 National Bank Open, and TVA Sports is the official French-language broadcaster.

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