I don’t like having negativity in this blog but sometimes it’s necessary. And I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus but to cut to the chase: the Rogers Cup experience was not as good as I wanted it to be.
The Rogers Cup is the biggest tennis event in Canada and happens in the Aviva Centre in Toronto and Stade Uniprix in Montreal. The men (ATP) and women (WTA) alternate cities each year and this year had the WTA on tour. The event ran from August 8 to August 16.
We bought tickets to the Monday game thinking it was with Genie Bouchard, the Canadian star and women’s tennis’s most marketable player. However, we didn’t buy the right ticket as you cannot really tell who’s playing where. Genie was in the centre court on a Tuesday. We were still stoked regardless. And then it rained and our match got delayed. We were not notified in whatsoever manner that our match continued at 10 PM (from its original 7 PM time).
The consolation was we got to go to next day’s events with a day pass but we couldn’t exchange our tickets for centre court tickets at all not even when offering a bit more money. Not entirely sure why but it was two days of disappointment due to the weather rescheduling everything and no follow through with the Rogers Centre customer service. I guess that’s just how it works?
THE ACTUAL FESTITIVITIES
We went with the day passes we got through the events around 6 PM. It was a fairly warm and sunny day so it was hard to be all pissy about the turn of events. Food and drinks per usual were priced to premium levels. A hotdog will cost you $5, a burger $9 and a tallboy the same. There were many outdoor restaurants/bars with a lot of sponsors. Didn’t really take my time scoping it out as we just wanted to get to the match.
Andrea Petkovic was taking on Canadian prospect, 18-year-old Francoise Abanda from Montreal. Petkovic was ranked world number 16 and Abanda was a wild card entrant. The experience gap was huge as Abanda had just debuted in the year while Petkovic had over ten years of experience. And yet Abanda managed to win the first set. But Petkovic would rally and win the next two after the young Abanda blew her cool and seemingly lost focus. That narrative of the experienced veteran outlasting the promising young talent was present here.
The actual match was good but I wasn’t accustomed to the fans being… extremely dedicated to the match so much so I got scolded for talking while they were playing. If you’re in a tennis event, you’re not there as a casual just looking to have fun. You’re there to watch. And I do watch and enjoy the sport but as a fan of most sports, I’m used to a livelier crowd. But it’s an experience being the “loud casual fan” among the quiet focused educated fanbase.
After the match, we found out Genie had lost to Belinda Bencic, who would later go on to win the whole tournament. The Swiss phenom would defeat big names in Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams to do so and we were oh so close to seeing her and Genie. But maybe next year in Montreal. Maybe the Montreal crowd will be a bit more fun? ;)