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Destination NBO: A New British Hope at Wimbledon

Welcome to the Road to the National Bank Open. Every week, we will keep you updated on all the action on the ATP Tour as we build towards the National Bank Open in Montreal, which takes place from Aug. 3 to 12.

Days until the National Bank Open: 46

On-Court Action

The host nation will likely have a new No. 1 player at Wimbledon when The Championships roll around at the beginning of July.

Briton Jack Draper won his first career title last week on the lawns of Stuttgart, defeating former Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini in three sets in the final. As a result, he jumped past Cameron Norrie in the ATP singles rankings to become the No. 1 male British player.

Combined with Norrie’s early defeat this week, it is almost certain that Draper will be the British No. 1 for the first time at the All England Club.

It was a good week for Berrettini on his favourite surface as he knocked off two seeds, including countryman Lorenzo Musetti, on his way to his sixth final on the surface. The 2021 Wimbledon runner-up has been limited due to injuries over the last few years but dating back to 2022 he has reached the final in four of his last six grass events.

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Alex de Minaur picked up his second career title on grass and second title of the year, beating Sebastian Korda in the final of the other ATP 250 event in s-Hertogenbosch.

The now-world No. 7 did not drop a set in the title run, which included a victory over former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, who was contesting his first event since Indian Wells.

Stories to Watch

Action heats up this week on the ATP Tour with the top two players in the world kicking off their grass campaigns.

Jannik Sinner is making his debut as world No. 1 at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle, Germany. His first match as the world’s top player was a victory over Tallon Griekspoor on Tuesday.

Five of the world’s Top 10 are competing in Halle. Roland-Garros runner-up Alexander Zverev is the second seed, followed by Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Hubert Hurkacz.

World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz will play his first match since winning his third major title at Roland-Garros when he kicks off his title defence at the Cinch Championships against Francisco Cerundolo. Last year, Alcaraz went undefeated on the grass, winning both the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.

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Also competing is the winningest player in the history of the tournament, Andy Murray. The former longtime British No. 1 will be making what is likely to be his final appearance at the tournament he has won five times, his most successful event.

History was already made early in the week at the Queen’s Club when Milos Raonic fired a record 47 aces past Cameron Norrie in their epic first-round clash, won by the Canadian in a third-set tiebreak. It was the most aces ever struck in a best-of-three match.

Away from the lawns of Western Europe, Novak Djokovic posted a video on Instagram training just over a week after having had surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered at Roland-Garros. The status of the seven-time Wimbledon champion for the Championships remains unclear.

The ATP's best return to Montreal this summer for the National Bank Open August 3 to 12, 2024 at IGA Stadium. 2024 Tickets are on sale. Get your tickets today!

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