MEN’S ROGERS CUP SETS NEW AT­TEN­DANCE RECORD

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - GLOBE SPORTS -

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.

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