Rogers Cup Toronto Sees Attendance Up From Last Year
Attendance for the men's Rogers Cup in Toronto was "up from last year at 150,597," according to Gregory Strong of the CP. Rafael Nadal defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas "in front of a near-sellout crowd on a warm, sunny afternoon" in the tournament's final (CP, 8/12). Rogers Cup Toronto Tournament Dir Karl Hale indicated that crowds were higher than last year, when the women's tournament was held in Toronto, and officials "think a lot of that has to do with the subway being built here at York University” (TORONTO.CITYNEWS.ca, 8/12).
PRIZE MONEY NOT EVEN: In Montreal, Pat Hickey notes there was a "wide disparity between the prize money in the Rogers Cup women’s event in Montreal" and the men's event. Simona Halep won the women's side and earned $529,480, while men's champ Nadal "collected $1,020,425." The total financial commitment for the men’s event "was $5,939,970 and that was more than double the $2,820,000 available for the women." Rogers Cup Montreal Tournament Dir Eugene Lapierre said that one reason for the disparity is that there is "more TV money for the men's event." He "pointed out that the men’s event ATP Masters 1000 is a mandatory event while the women are strongly urged but not required to support the Canadian event." Ticket prices are the "same for both events." He added that attendance in Toronto was “a bit ahead” of Montreal (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 8/13).
BUDDING RIVALRY: SPORTSNET.ca's Damien Cox writes women's tennis "emerged with a big win" this weekend, as Halep and Sloane Stephens made it "clear they are now the rivalry to watch on the WTA Tour." Halep defeated Stephens in three sets in the final two months after they played in the French Open finals. The women's game is "absolutely dying for something like this" (SPORTSNET.ca, 8/12).