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Tipsarevic Brings Tennis To Downtown Toronto

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Tipsarevic © ATPJanko Tipsarevic plays mini-tennis with a young Canadian at the Rogers Cup kick-off.

World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic officially kicked off the Rogers Cup on Monday in Toronto by making an appearance at the Yonge-Dundas Square for the launch of “Rogers Cup LIVE!”, a downtown viewing experience combining live broadcasts of matches with interactive tennis and contest giveaways.

Tipsarevic participated in a public Q&A session, mini-tennis with Canadian youngsters and media interviews. “It was really special because if I understand correctly, it was a holiday, so a bunch of people came,” said the Serbian. “I miss that I don’t have more time when I’m back home in Serbia to play with kids like I did today. Every time I do, I really feel happy until the end of the day.”

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The 28 year old, the fifth seed this week at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, reached the semi-finals last year (l. to Fish) and said that he anticipated a battle for the title in a field led by two-time champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

“The competition is fierce, the players are ready and sharp, everybody sees a chance here this week,” said Tipsarevic. “I have a pretty tough draw this year.  I’m not really focusing on the big picture, just on my next opponent (the winner between Kevin Anderson and Mikhail Youzhny).”

The Belgrade native also looked ahead to support from a large Serbian community in the Toronto area.

“It’s great. It’s one of the reasons this tournament is so dear to us,” he said. “We have one tournament in Serbia a year, and maybe one or two Davis Cups, so we don’t really get a lot of chances to play in front of a Serbian crowd. If people come and support not just me, but all the Serbian players this week, that would be really, really cool.”

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