Rogers Cup Masters- Montreal 2013

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  1. DCaicedo

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    Hi all,
    Looks like I'll be completing my grand slam this year. Have been to a 250, a 500, and a major- and it looks like I'll be in Montreal this August.

    Question(s):
    Have been trying to research past threads on the tourney there, but it's been a while since anyone's posted.

    - What's the best recommendation on how to get tickets? Cost and convenience are key. Should I just get the tix now on the Rogers Cup website? Any other places I should check? Don't care if I sit in nosebleeds.

    - There are no grounds passes, correct?

    - How's the parking situation? (will be driving in)

    Will be staying in Burlington that week and driving up just for the event. If anyone in the area wants to schedule a hit around, let me know.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. thejackal

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    come by for qualies and watch fpeliwo try to get into the main draw.

    I'd be down to hit. montreal is a great place to be that time of year (as long as it doesnt rain)
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

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    The website is the best place to buy tickets. Doubt there will be any problem getting seats for the early rounds.

    I use the subway when I go - only a short walk.
     
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  4. DCaicedo

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    Thanks- yeah, I always try to squeeze in some qualie-watching during my trips. Don't know about this year though- will basically be aiming for Monday or Tuesday tickets.
     
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  5. DCaicedo

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    Thanks- cool, I'll order the tix once I get my lodging settled (hopefully by the end of the week).

    Haven't taken the Montreal subway in about 10 years. Doubt I'll have a chance to do it this time around since I'll be driving up from Vermont.
     
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    There isn't a lot of parking there. Last time I went (2009) you got free subway/bus tokens with your tickets. You may need to park and ride unless you are staying within walking distance.

    There are no ground passes but you used to be able to get tickets for the Grandstand as well as Centre court. Grandstand was a lot cheaper and let you in to everything except Centre court. Centre Court tickets get you in to everything including Grandstand (but limited to higher up seats).
     
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  7. Roddick85

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    Rogers cup website is your best option. I always get my tickets through them. If your in Montreal on August 2, I suggest you wake up early and go check out the free public practice. All you got to do is show up and they will give you a ticket to go watch the pro's practice. Last time I was able to watch Fed, Nad and Djoko practice, good stuff and good opportunity for autograph if your into that.

    For transport, the closest subway station is Castelneau, from there the park is within walking distance. Otherwise there's parking available at the park on both Faillon street or if you don't mind walking a bit, on Jarry which is at the north end of the park, but in both case you'll need to pay 15-20$ to park there. If you don't want to pay for parking, you can always try to park in the streets nearby, but finding a place isn't easy and even if you do so, you'll have to spend some time trying to analyze what the multiple montreal parking sign mean, and even then, you might still not be allowed to park there and if you do, parking ticket! If you intend to drive there, save yourself the headache and pay the 15-20$ for parking.
     
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  8. DCaicedo

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    Thanks breezybee for the ticket explanation. I guess the Grandstand tickets are like the USO Grounds Passes (get in everywhere except the Stadium). Given the occassion, and not knowing when I'll be in Montreal next, I'll splurge and go for the Stadium tickets.

    Unfortunately I won't be anywhere near the event until August 3, so I'll probably miss these practice sessions. I'm not into autographs, but if the Rogers Cup is anything like most ATP events, I'm hoping there'll be other practices going on during the week.

    Your parking info is great- thank you. Exactly what I was looking for (and exactly what I was expecting: limited, busy, and confusing). Yes, I'll gladly pay the $20 for piece-of-mind parking. Considering I paid $41 USD for parking to see a Knicks game, this is a bargain!
     
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    There is other practice sessions during the tournament, but it's more of a challenge to find out when/where/who is practicing. The public practice session on August 2 is on Center Court, so you don't have to search much, and there's obviously more seats available. The practices during the tournament are on the smaller court, so if you don't get there early, the odds you'll come close to seeing something are slim to none, and if you want to watch the bigger stars like Novak, Federer, Nadal etc....it's obviously even more crowded. The only cool thing about these courts is that you can play there when there's no tournament. I always get a kick out of saying I played on the same court Federer practiced on when he came to Montreal! :)
     
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    played on court 13 one year while the semis were going on in center court. could hear the crowd roar in between points

    also hit with a couple of WTA players last year on a practice court during the tournament. but that's another story.
     
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    I'm all ears? Genie maybe?
     
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    The other thing I would suggest is to only by your daytime tickets and wait and see who is playing at night before purchasing them (on site). Once you are on the grounds you can watch all the matches on the outer courts without buying a ticket for the night time events. Just don't go outside the gates or you won't get back in. This works well if you are there for the first or second round of play as there are lots of matches occuring on the outer courts. In the later rounds there won't be much of anything happening on those courts.

    The practice courts in Montreal are a really good set up for watching the players. Better than Toronto actually. I got some great pictures and watched some really fun practices.
     
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    no not genie. spent a good part of the week playing pool with her younger brother (not much of a tennis player but really good at pingpong)
     
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  14. DCaicedo

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    Yay- finally got around to purchasing my tickets.
    See you all on Day 1!
     
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    Anyone has a tip on how to score a hit session with one of the pros? Thanks.
     
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    during the tournament itd be hard. everyones all business and court time is at a premium. maybe after the QFs
     
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  17. Roddick85

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    I second that, never seen any players practice with people attending.
     
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    come to the qualies if u can. gonna get a bunch of people together for a cheering section for fpeliwo during his match.
     
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    I'm coming up (from vermont) this year for the practice session on the 1st friday and for the 3rd round on Thursday.

    I'm curious if during the friday public practice you can watch lower ranked players practice on the rest of the grounds, as you can durign the rest of the week?? Thanks for the help!
     
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