Main Draw Is Unveiled In Toronto
TORONTO, ON – The stage is set for the 2023 National Bank Open presented by Rogers after the official draw ceremony took place at the Park Hyatt Toronto on Friday and revealed a host of enticing first-round encounters. With the tournament ready to get underway on Monday, August 7, five Canadians will be in action this year, led by No. 11 seed Félix AugerAliassime.
Auger-Aliassime will open his campaign versus a qualifier in his first-round clash on Tuesday night. Competing for the fifth time in the National Bank Open, his best result came in 2022, when he reached the quarter final. Auger-Aliassime could find himself in a second-round matchup against three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who has won the NBO on three occasions.
“What a phenomenal draw this was to help kick off what’s going to be an amazing tournament,” said Karl Harl, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Toronto. “There are so many incredible matchups early on and potential showdowns in the later rounds that will help set the stage for the fierce competition that’s going to take place throughout the week.”
The draw ceremony was attended by World No.8 Jannik Sinner of Italy and Canadian Alexis Galarneau, who will play No. 21-ranked Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina. This year’s tournament marks the second time that Galarneau will play in the main draw at the National Bank Open. He’s coming in fresh off a victory at the Granby National Bank Championships in his home province of Quebec and will open the tournament as the first match of the Monday Day session at Sobeys Stadium.
Milos Raonic will face World No. 10 Frances Tiafoe, the in-form American. Raonic, who recently made a return to the ATP Tour after a hiatus due to injury, has an impressive record at the National Bank Open. This year will mark his 11th time playing in the main draw; he previously made it to the final in 2013 and has reached the quarter-final on three other occasions.
Gabriel Diallo will make his debut in the National Bank Open’s main draw versus Daniel Evans, while Vasek Pospisil will play a qualifier in his first-round match on Monday night.
Other eye-catching first-round clashes include Gael Monfils vs. Christopher Eubanks, Grigor Dimitrov vs. Borna Coric, Alex De Minaur vs. Cameron Norrie and Alexander Bublik vs. Hubert Hurkacz.
World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will play his opening match on Centre Court on Wednesday night against the winner of Ben Shelton vs. Bernabe Zapata Miralles.