I have never been one with much of an interest for sports. I have partaken in some of them, mostly because I was required to do so in high school as part of the curriculum. While I did understand the basics of most of them, I simply didn't understand the need or the passion that some people get out of sports. However, I will admit that there is one sport that managed to capture my interest: tennis.
My interest in tennis is fairly recent. Almost exactly a year ago, I attended a match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. In more ways than one, I was very lucky for my first tennis match: I witnessed the power and talent of tennis giant Novak Djokovic. When I was given the chance to attend again this year, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. The Canadian Open, also known as the Rogers Cup, is held every year in Montreal at the Uniprix Stadium and in Toronto at the Aviva Centre. The Canadian cities alternate each year as the hosts of the women and men competitions.
My second encounter with the beautiful sport was equally blessed. Unknowingly, I arrived at the stadium and learned that I would be witnessing the prowess of Venus Williams, a true legend in her field. Unfortunately, the stars were not aligned for her and she lost her match in two sets against Elina Svitolina. Little did I know that I would watch Svitolina play twice during the span of one Canadian Open. On the last day of the Rogers Cup, I arrived early on the grounds to take part in a tennis clinic courtesy of Peroni. Once there, we spent a couple of hours learning the basics of tennis and had fantastic instructors that taught us a thing or two about how to play the racket sport. After freshening up, we were treated to delicious cocktails made with limoncello and Peroni which brought up fond memories of lemon sherbet consumed during the warm summer days of my childhood. Lunch was rapidly inhaled after the morning workout and soon enough, we were sat and eagerly waited for the match to start.
The decisive game saw Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina playing against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in a match that crowned the winner of this year’s women championship. After a very close first set won by Elina, Caroline started losing some of her drive and the second set rapidly ended at a score of 0-6 with Svitolina taking home the grand prize and the newly redesigned trophy. Meanwhile in La Belle Province, Germany’s Alexander Zverev won against Swiss gold Olympic medalist Roger Federer. This Canadian Open marked the fall of two Goliaths and the rise of two Davids and I am looking forward to what the future may hold for Svitolina and Zverev.
Another Rogers Cup comes to an end but this only acts as a prelude to what will come during the U.S Open. Will Venus and Roger manage to overcome their misfortune on Canadian soil and win the title at the U.S Open? Only time will tell but as of now, the ball is in their court.
OUTFIT DETAILS: Shirt by Fila X Peroni/ Cap and shorts by Uniqlo/ Sunglasses by Rayban/ Shoes by Adidas/ Tennis Raquet by Wilson.
All photography by Mauricio Jose Calero courtesy of Peroni.