Show goes on without Eugenie Bouchard at Rogers Cup

Canadian fans cheer on Vasek Pospisil on Monday Aug. 4, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Canadian fans cheer on Vasek Pospisil on Monday Aug. 4, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:50 PM ET

No Genie, no problem, say Rogers Cup organizers who are forecasting record attendance despite their star attraction's second-round flameout.

Tournament director Eugene Lapierre says pre-sales, plus the rush to the gate that Bouchard sparked last week, has Tennis Canada sitting pretty at the tournament's halfway mark.

"We have already broken the record of 175,000 spectators for the week," Lapierre told reporters following Bouchard's 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 loss to upstart American Shelby Rogers Tuesday evening.

Tennis Canada owns and operates the Rogers Cup, which accounted for 81% of the governing body's total revenue last year.

Most of that cash is poured back into player development, according to Tennis Canada's last annual report.

The previous attendance record for the women's tournament in Montreal was in 2006, with 174,706 tickets sold, including five sold-out days.

Canadian fans at Uniprix Stadium Wednesday were still able to get their tennis fix despite the fact that Bouchard and three compatriots all lost their first matches.

Seven of the top ten players on tour were still alive entering the second round, Lapierre noted.

"Now it will be up to the other great world players to make the show."

 


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