MEN’S ROGERS CUP SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD
Montreal – The men’s Rogers Cup set a record for attendance at a one-week tournament with 216,097 spectators.
Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said on Sunday the event topped the 213,760 who attended in 2011.
The presence of Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and a run to the semi-final by Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov certainly helped pack fans into Uniprix Stadium.
“There was a tennis craze in our city in the last few weeks and it shows in our attendance numbers,” Lapierre said in a news release. “There were compelling storylines throughout the tournament and the Montreal crowd once again demonstrated their love of tennis.
“It has been a while since we experienced such excitement for our sport.”
The 18-year-old Shapovalov beat World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the third round earlier in the week and lost to fourth seed and World No. 8 Alexander Zverev in the semi-final on Saturday night.