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Both inductees to be celebrated with Centre Court ceremonies during Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Stefan Edberg receives a career award at the 1996 US Open
Toronto, July 24, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Thursday that former world No. 1 Stefan Edberg and former Rogers Cup Master of Ceremonies Don Goodwin will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame during the 2014 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto in recognition of their contribution to Canada’s premier tennis tournament.
Edberg will be inducted in a Centre Court ceremony held during the Monday night session on August 4 while Goodwin will be inducted in a similar ceremony on Saturday, August 9 prior to the second singles semifinal.
“I’m honoured to be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame,” said Edberg. “Playing the Canadian tournament was always a highlight of my calendar as a player and I look forward to returning to Toronto in my current role to celebrate this accomplishment with my team and the great Canadian tennis fans.”
As a player, Edberg put together a masterful career. Although a Rogers Cup singles trophy eluded the Swedish legend, he did put forth two runner-up appearances in back-to-back years from 1986-1987 and he won the doubles crown with partner Pat Cash in 1987. He also reached the Rogers Cup doubles final in 1985. By the time he retired, the former world No. 1 had collected 41 career ATP World Tour singles titles. In Grand Slam play, Edberg claimed six trophies, winning two each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The Swede also collected three Slam doubles titles over the course of his 13-year career. Edberg continues to stay involved in the sport and is currently part of Roger Federer’s coaching staff.
While not every past visitor to Rogers Cup may recognize Don Goodwin’s name, his voice would be familiar to all who have taken a seat on Centre Court. For 35 years, Goodwin has been the Master of Ceremonies at Rogers Cup. Goodwin’s responsibilities included announcing the players coming on court, presenting the trophy on Final Sunday, and encouraging fans to participate in promotions. In his early years, Goodwin was a renaissance man for the tournament, lending a hand in all areas, including the production of tournament publications. Outside of Rogers Cup, Goodwin has been an influential broadcaster for years and has been involved with the Olympics, badminton, squash and golf. Goodwin has retired from his position at Rogers Cup after 35 years.
“We are thrilled to be inducting two legends in their own right into the Hall of Fame this year, both of whom have had a tremendous impact on our tournament,” said Karl Hale, tournament director, Rogers Cup Toronto. “Stefan was a fan favourite every time he played here in Canada and is one of the most well-respected and accomplished players to ever play the game. Don also is one of the best-ever in his field and his voice has been synonymous with the tournament for decades. He brought a high level of class and distinction to Centre Court which has been appreciated by tournament organizers and ticketholders for many years.”
The previously announced Montreal Rogers Cup Hall of Fame inductee is four-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Rogers Cup champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. Her induction will take place at Uniprix Stadium on Centre Court during Opening Night.
“Each year, Canadians are able to marvel at the utmost dedication and determination that stems from the game of tennis in Toronto and Montreal,” said Peter King, senior director, corporate social responsibility and sponsorship, Rogers Communications. “We are pleased to honour the impressive legacy of the athletes and talent that have made a mark on the Rogers Cup courts, and are delighted they are getting the recognition they deserve.”
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will host the men of the ATP World Tour from August 2-10 at Rexall Centre in Toronto and the women of the WTA from August 1-10 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
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