Raonic the Reporter — sort of

The next ten days will be as exciting to Canadian media-watchers as to tennis fans following the new Rogers Cup format with concurrent major tournaments (WTA in Toronto and ATP in Montreal) this week providing the opportunity for wall-to-wall ‘multi-platform’ (as they’re terming it) coverage by Rogers Sportsnet.
The Rogers coverage begins August 8 with first round play in each of the events (women’s & men’s) through the quarter finals of each tournament on Friday. CBC Sports takes over the tube for semifinals and finals on Saturday and Sunday.
One innovation promised for this year’s Rogers Cup coverage, in addition to the sheer number of hours pumped out from both Rexall Centre in Toronto and Jarry Park in Montreal, will be live interviews of key players and others in Montreal by media questionners in Toronto and vice versa. Thus a journalist assigned to coverage of a Rogers Cup in one of the two cities will not be denied the opportunity to ask his/her questions of a player after a match in the other city.
It’ll be something of a technical challenge for Rogers Sportsnet — but it seems they’r relishing the opportunity to break some new TV sports coverage ground with this blockbuster week of tennis on TV.

Milos Raonic

They added another interesting wrinkle to their TV coverage with the announcement that Canada’s newest and most impressive star to date, Milos Raonic, will become a tennis broadcaster for a couple of days during the latter stages of the men’s event in Montreal.  Still not back to top competition form after his injury at Wimbledon this year — Milos, while unable to play in the event, didn’t want to completely miss the Rogers Cup — so he’ll spend part of the week in Montreal.  Reports are that he’s approaching a level of fitness that will see him return to action soon.