July 22nd, 2024

World No. 1 Jannik Sinner returns to National Bank Open to defend title in Montreal

By The Canadian Press on July 11, 2024.

Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates winning the first set against Alex de Minaur of Australia during the men's final of the National Bank Open in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023. World No. 1 and defending champion Sinner will return to the National Bank Open this summer.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

MONTREAL – World No. 1 Jannik Sinner will return to the National Bank Open this summer to defend his Canadian title.

Sinner headlines the field announced by Tennis Canada this morning.

The Italian won his first ATP 1000 title at the event in Toronto last year, defeating Australia’s Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

Since then, Sinner has led Italy to a Davis Cup title, clinched his first Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open, and climbed to the top of the world rankings.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, 24-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 2, will also be in the field at Montreal’s IGA Stadium.

The 37-year-old Serb has claimed four titles in Canada and will be joined by fellow former champions Daniil Medvedev, Germany’s Alexander Zverev, and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.

Other notable names include world No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz, 21-year-old rising stars Ben Shelton of the United States and Denmark’s Holger Rune (No. 15), as well as past finalists Hubert Hurkacz (No. 7) of Poland, Alex de Minaur (No. 9) of Australia, and Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 11) of Greece.

Also announced today, Montrealer FĂ©lix Auger-Aliassime (No. 17) will play his first-round match during the night session on Canada Day at the NBO on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Compatriot Denis Shapovalov (No. 121) of Richmond Hill, Ontario, will play his opening-round match in the day session after obtaining a main-draw wild card.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 11, 2024.

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