Though it doesn't receive the same media attention as its larger Grand Slam counterparts, the Rogers Cup boasts one of the longest and most illustrious histories in professional tennis. Started in 1881, the Rogers Cup is also known as the Canadian Open in the United States and is the longest-running tournament in the sport behind Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. With a women's tournament added in 1892, the event has traditionally shifted between the major Canadian cities of Toronto and Montreal. As a member of the Masters 1000 category in the ATP and a Premier 5 in the WTA, the Rogers Cup is a major stop on both the men's and women's tours and carries an air of distinction all its own.
On the men's side, the Rogers Cup has been the site of many classic matchups between top-ranked players from all over the world. Historically, Czechoslovakian tennis player Ivan Lendl still holds the record for most wins in the Open era with six, as well as reaching the final an astounding nine times. The Rogers Cup was also the site of the epic battle between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, players once ranked one-two in the world rankings. Agassi would triumph, but this was one of many events where the two would face off. The most recent winner, Novak Djokovic, looks to continue his streak of stellar play to capture his third Rogers Cup in 2012.
The women have enjoyed many pivotal moments in the tournament's history - with greats like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graff and Gabriela Sabatini facing off in the late '80s and early '90s, the Rogers Cup enjoyed stellar attendance numbers. In the Open era, Monica Seles owns the most impressive streak of four straight titles from 1995-1998, but in recent years the field has become wildly competitive and it looks like Seles' streak may never be beat. Fresh off her win in 2011, Serena Williams looks to repeat as Rogers Cup champ for the third time in her career.
Whether the event is being held in Montreal at Uniprix Stadium or in Toronto at the Rexall Place, the Rogers Cup is played on a hard court surface and offers pulse-pounding action on both the men's and women's sides. The Rogers Cup's long and storied history help it rank among the most respected events in modern tennis and one of the most difficult stops on the WTA and ATP tours.