A power outage pushed back first-round play in the Coupe Rogers tournament in Montreal today, with multiple match delays and a dearth of Hawk-Eye challenge capabilities because of it. This is one way to watch tennis, let alone play it:
Hard to make solid contact with the ball when you can't see. No power in Montreal... (fixed now) pic.twitter.com/vvtJpw50Ja— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) August 6, 2014
Some players made the most of the erratic day, including Shelby Rogers, who whelmed a rusty/nerve-y Eugenie Bouchard in her hometown, 6-0, 2-6, 6-0. Bouchard has now been bageled 6-0 in three of the last four sets of professional tennis she has played, including her breakthrough Wimbledon denouement. The loss marked Bouchard's first match since London, though it was Rogers's twelfth singles contest since that major event.
Other pros found themselves chagrined to be unable to challenge line calls. Alize Cornet, clashing with Victoria Azarenka, wasted no time in despairing about that during their encounter's opening game:
Tune in and Cornet is already in mid-flourish. pic.twitter.com/HwZrytwCdF— Davey (@ovafanboy) August 6, 2014
Despite all her hands-on-hips action, Cornet went up early on Azarenka, 3-0. There's really no other way to end this dispatch than a musical moment, a grand one from one of Canada's own, Arcade Fire:
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