The Montreal Rogers Cup 2009, third oldest tournament on tour after Wimbledon and the US Open, welcomes the best tennis men in the world with more than $3 million in money prize. Now imagine what happens when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick & cie come to Stade Uniprix in Montréal. No doubt that thousands of amateurs will try to weave in and out hoping to take a peak at their favorite players.
The impetus of the crowd is staggering when a famous player approaches the practice courts (FYI: in addition to the Centre Court and Court Banque National, there is a dozen of other courts where players can practice). Indeed, several ecstatic fans would run after the cart of their heroes to take pictures. Some die-hard ones would wait four hours besides the court in order to get the best view when Roger Federer arrives.
I was lucky enough to attend the first weekend of the tourney. Even though the top seeded are not playing any match (there are two qualifying rounds before the main draw), it is always a pleasure for me to go admire them on the practice courts. Here are some pictures (among dozens) I took during the sunny weekend at the Montreal Rogers Cup 2009:
There wasn’t enough place on the side of Roger Federer‘s practice court, so people would go at the top of Court Banque Nationale to catch a glimpse of the King.
Some were more interested in their popsicle than in the World No. 1 tennis player
Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero & me
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt
Former World No. 1 Marat Safin‘s nonchalant look with those gray shorts *love*
David Ferrer aka Ferru, won more than $6,764,065 in his career, still in (sexy) good shape