2022 National Bank Open Recap

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2022 National Bank Open Recap

The National Bank Open brought us some of the most exciting tennis we’ve seen all season, both on the men’s and women’s sides. In the end, it was Simona Halep winning the women’s title while Pablo Carreno Busta won the men’s. Both played incredible tennis all week long.

There were other interesting storylines throughout the tournament though. Here are a few of the greatest hits:

1. The summer of Kyrgios. The Australian has been on a tear since reaching the final at Wimbledon. He has picked up two doubles titles and one singles title in the process. Nick started the National Bank Open where he left off, blasting past Medvedev and de Minaur in impressive fashion. He’d fall in the quarters to Hurkacz in three. Kyrgios will now be seeded at the US Open.

2. Simona Halep is back! Since beginning work with Patrick Mouratoglou, Simona has recommitted herself to tennis. The title in Toronto is a statement win. She will now be one of the favorites to lift the US Open title.

3. Serena Williams bids farewell. Serena finally announced that she would be retiring after the US Open. She was treated with kindness and appreciation by the Toronto crowds after going down to Belinda Bencic. We will miss this great champion.

4. Carreno Busta has been a solid player for a long time. At 31 years of age, he played some of the best tennis in his career to finally lift a Masters 1000 title. Better late than never!

5. Dan Evans and Carreno Busta put on quite the display in the semifinals, once again confirming that men’s tennis is all about players peaking in their 30s.

Although Haddad Maia did not win the ladies’ title, this girl is for real. She’s now posted some very impressive results this season. Let’s not forget that she won back-to-back grasscourt titles in June at both Birmingham and Nottingham.

Now it’s onto Cincinnati and then on to the US Open!

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