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The Canadian Open is the first of two 1000-level events held on both the ATP and WTA tours. And as I’m sure you know, this is the second-highest tier of tournaments you can get in professional tennis. These events also serve as key build-up tournaments as we approach the 2023 US Open. So there is plenty on the line for the players involved. However, while there are many top players that have received a direct entry into the main draw, some must go through the qualifying to get there.
On that note, it’s the Canadian Open qualifying draw that I will be focusing on here. In addition to the draw, I will be talking about the Toronto Open qualifying top seeds, when these matches will be held, and more. So, ready to gain a full understanding of the National Bank Open qualifying event for 2023? Let’s get the ball rolling.
Canadian Open Qualifying – Event Schedule
- 1 Canadian Open Qualifying – Event Schedule
- 2 Top Seeds in Montreal Open Qualifying
- 3 FAQs – National Bank Open Qualifying
- 3.1 Can I bet on the Canadian Open qualifying matches?
- 3.2 When will these Toronto Open qualifying matches be starting?
- 3.3 What is the format for the Canadian Open qualifying matches?
- 3.4 Where are the qualifiers placed in the main draw?
- 3.5 Am I able to watch the National Bank Open qualifying matches?
Due to the differences made to 1000-level events this year, these tournaments cover a longer period of time than they previously did. For that reason, the Canadian Open qualifying matches actually begin today (August 5th). Of course, this means that Saturday, August 5th, is the beginning of the 2023 Canadian Open. Yet while this marks the start of the Canadian Open schedule, the tournament doesn’t actually conclude until August 13th, which is when the finals of the main events are played.
However, the ATP Canadian Open qualifying matches, and indeed the WTA Canadian Open qualifying matches, are played over just a few days. Therefore, when it comes to the event schedule for qualifying only, these matches will be played on August 5th and August 6th. So to be specific, the Montreal Open qualifying only lasts for two days in total. And the reason for this is that players only need to win two matches to make it into the main draw.
Adding to that, only 7 qualifiers will go through in the men’s event, and 8 will go through in the women’s event.
Top Seeds in Montreal Open Qualifying
Just like the main draw for the Canadian Open, there are seeded players in the qualifying draw. For the men’s qualifying draw, there are a total of 14 seeds, and each bracket has two seeded players. In contrast, for the women’s Canadian Open qualifying draw, there are 16 seeds. Yet just like the qualifying draw for the men, each bracket has just two seeded players. As for further details of these seeds, I’ve highlighted them in the respective sections while discussing the draws below.
ATP Canadian Open Qualifying – Draw & Top Seeds
In the National Bank Open qualifying draw for the men, there are a total of 28 players involved. As for the contenders, 14 of them are seeded, 4 of them are wildcards, and the remaining 10 are either direct entrants or they are in thanks to a protected ranking. With this said, since there will be 7 qualifiers from the men’s singles event, let me reveal the top 7 seeds now:
- Aleksandar Vukic – Seed 1
- Matteo Arnaldi – Seed 2
- Marcos Giron – Seed 3
- Christopher O’Connell – Seed 4
- Max Purcell – Seed 5
- Corentin Moutet – Seed 6
- Thanasi Kokkinakis – Seed 7
WTA Canadian Open Qualifying – Top Seeds & Draw
For the women’s qualifying draw, as mentioned earlier, a total of 8 players will make it into the main draw. Additionally, the WTA Canadian Open qualifying event has 32 players and 16 seeds. Therefore, the draw is perfectly mixed between seeded players and players that are wildcards, direct entrants, or have PR (protected ranking) status.
And when it comes to the top seeds, let me reveal the 8 who are favored to make the main draw, meaning the 8 highest seeds:
- Lesia Tsurenko – Seed 1
- Alycia Parks – Seed 2
- Danielle Collins – Seed 3
- Camila Giorgi – Seed 4
- Linda Fruhvirtova – Seed 5
- Peyton Stearns – Seed 6
- Yulia Putintseva – Seed 7
- Katie Boulter – Seed 8
FAQs – National Bank Open Qualifying
Can I bet on the Canadian Open qualifying matches?
Of course. You can wager on all of the Canadian Open qualifying matches that are taking place over the next two days.
When will these Toronto Open qualifying matches be starting?
The first round of qualifying matches are set to begin at 16:00 UK time, which is 11 AM in Toronto.
What is the format for the Canadian Open qualifying matches?
All of the qualifying matches will be played as the best of three tie-break sets, with a full third set to decide the match if required.
Where are the qualifiers placed in the main draw?
This is different for each individual qualifier. However, given that the top Canadian Open seeds in the main draw tend to be given ‘comfortable’ first-round matches, some of the qualifiers will play these individuals in the opening round.
Am I able to watch the National Bank Open qualifying matches?
Absolutely. You can enjoy Canadian Open TV live streaming on Amazon Prime in the UK, and there are other options if you are based elsewhere.
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