Rogers Cup attendance up, despite some big names gone

Novak Djokovic (SRB) lines up a forehand against Jo-Willfried Tsonga (FRA) on day four of the...

Novak Djokovic (SRB) lines up a forehand against Jo-Willfried Tsonga (FRA) on day four of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Rexall Centre. Tsonga won 6-2 6-2 on Aug 7, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Peter Llewellyn/USA TODAY Sports)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

No Novak Djokovic, no problem.

Despite losing the tournament's top-seeded player before the weekend and dealing with rain delays early in the week, tournament organizers at the Rogers Cup in Toronto say they are thrilled with attendance figures, which have no doubt been driven by the improved status of Canadians Milos Raonic, ranked sixth in the world, and Vasek Pospisil, ranked 27th.

Raonic, a finalist at last year's event, was to play in a quarterfinal match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain as part of the evening draw on Friday.

Cumulative attendance as of the night session on Thursday was 95,754 and organizers say very few seats remained for the weekend with some of the sessions already sold out. Ground passes and standing-room only tickets were also going to be made available.

"We are absolutely happy with the attendance figures up to this point," tournament director Karl Hale said.


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