Jannik Sinner was crowned the 2023 National Bank Open presented by Rogers singles champion after defeating Alex de Minaur on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Italian won 6-4, 6-1 to capture the first ATP Masters 1000 title of his career. This marked his third ATP Masters 1000 final, after reaching the Miami Open final in 2021 and 2023.
“It feels amazing. Great result, one I can share with my whole team, with the hard work we put in, with all the people that are close to me, even if they’re not here physically,” said Sinner, who entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed. “So, I’m very happy about the whole tournament. It’s a really good and great moment in my career.”
With the victory, Sinner is expected to jump up to No. 6 in the ATP Tour’s rankings, a new career high. Sunday’s championship match also marked the first final appearance for Alex de Minaur at the ATP Masters 1000 level. Despite the loss, he will reach a career-high ranking of No. 12 on the ATP Tour on Monday.
The 2023 National Bank Open saw record attendance numbers as over 175,000 tennis fans flocked to Sobeys Stadium in Toronto to witness the best of men’s tennis. With several innovative activations on-site including Virtual Reality tennis and a revamped food courtyard, the entire fan experience was elevated like never before.
“It’s the culmination of tennis in Canada for the past ten years,” said Karl Hale, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open. “You know, credit to Milos (Raonic), Genie (Bouchard), Daniel Nestor, all of these players that have kind of helped get tennis on the map in Canada that the tennis fans can follow, and also the non-tennis fans.”
“And what we’ve seen here this week has been incredible. We had just under 32,000 people attend for the 407 ETR Family Weekend, which was a huge success. So, what we’re seeing is non-tennis fans starting to come to the tennis event, which opens up the sport to a much broader audience.”
On the doubles side, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer were crowned the 2023 National Bank Open doubles champions after defeating Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-1. This marked Arevalo and Rojer’s maiden ATP Masters 1000 title as a pair, and their seventh ATP Tour title overall.
“It means a lot to us. You know, of course, it’s always nice to win titles. And then to win these kinds of events that are the biggest one that we have in our sport, it’s pretty cool,” said Rojer.
“We’re quite serious with our tennis in the sense that we sacrifice a lot, and we work quite hard, and we take it seriously. So, it’s nice to get rewarded at the end of a wonderful week like this. We’re super happy with the week. This is such a prestigious stop in our calendar, and it’s such a nice victory to have.”
Tennis Canada joined forces with WTA Foundation, Hologic and ATP Serves to donate money to the Tennis Plays for Peace initiative’s Ukraine relief fund. Throughout the tournament, for every ace served in Montreal and Toronto, a donation was made. At the conclusion of both events, a grand total of $25,000 was donated to the fund.