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Cincinnati or Montreal

I don't know if this is the best place for this thread.

I am looking to attend either the Cincinnati or Montreal Tournament this summer. It seems that the ticket prices for Cincinnati are a lot cheaper than Montreal (even with the currency rates). Also, I believe staying in Cincinnati will generally be less expensive than in Montreal. The only advantage one has over the other I can think of is that Montreal is about a 4-5 hours drive and Cincinnati is about 7-8 hours drive.

Can anybody who has attended either of these two provide some feedback on what they would consider to be the better tournament.

1) Which one has the deeper field?
2) Which one is Roger Federer likely to play? (Would like to watch him live once in my life time, before his decline)
3) Anything else???

I have already been to Montreal never been to Cincinnati. I could always attend the Rogers cup next year when its in Toronto.
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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

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I don't know if this is the best place for this thread.

I am looking to attend either the Cincinnati or Montreal Tournament this summer. It seems that the ticket prices for Cincinnati are a lot cheaper than Montreal (even with the currency rates). Also, I believe staying in Cincinnati will generally be less expensive than in Montreal. The only advantage one has over the other I can think of is that Montreal is about a 4-5 hours drive and Cincinnati is about 7-8 hours drive.

Can anybody who has attended either of these two provide some feedback on what they would consider to be the better tournament.

1) Which one has the deeper field?
2) Which one is Roger Federer likely to play? (Would like to watch him live once in my life time, before his decline)
3) Anything else???

I have already been to Montreal never been to Cincinnati. I could always attend the Rogers cup next year when its in Toronto.
1)Field will be almost the same.
2)Federer would usually play both but that's in doubt this year with his baby on the way. He's still a good bet to play one or both of them, though.
3)I go to Cincinnati every year and highly recommend it. It's an awesome tournament to go to, very fan-friendly and accessible.
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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

I can recommand Montreal in terms of the venue which is great, really. Had a lot of fun there. I think the fields will be alike so just calculate your expected costs in total (don't forget to add gas etc. to your liste) and then go for the cheaper one.
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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

Federer will probably play both, but will almost definitely play Cincy. If he's skipping any of them, it is likely to be Montreal, since that is played right after his baby is due. I'd opt for Cincy if I were you.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

I've been to the Montreal tournament once (2003) and I've been to Cincinnati the last five years (but I'm not going this year).

The field should be pretty much the same. But I would guess it's slightly more likely that Federer will go to Cincinnati than Montreal. I don't know for sure, though.

Montreal is a much nicer city than Cincinnati (or actually Mason, Ohio). There's really nothing to do in Mason outside of the tennis. But if you're driving, it's probably more convenient because you can drive from your hotel and park at the venue fairly easily (I had to take the metro in Montreal because I didn't have car). It's also really miserably hot and humid in Ohio in the middle of August. It probably isn't quite as bad in Montreal.

I haven't been to Montreal in six years, so maybe things have changed, but I recall it being a bit more relaxed there. They let me bring some fruit into the complex and the ushers didn't make me show my ticket every time I went into the stadium. Cincy seems to be a lot stricter about bringing food in and sitting in your assigned section.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

Thanks! Great feedback so far. Another question I have is how long before the tournament do I need to get the tickets?
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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

I agree if you are a Roger fan. Players can wait up until 48 hours to withdraw from a tournament. However yes take into consideration the exchange rate and all the other costs and see which is the better bet. I have also been to Montreal and had an excellent time and the venue is really accessible by public transport.

The tickets for Montreal are on sale now so I would buy them as soon as you can, not sure about Cincy!
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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

They're both great tournaments, but Cincy is less expensive. We got a series pair for Cincy in 2005 and have renewed them each year because we got great seats at an incredibly reasonable price, much less than any other Masters. I've been to Montreal once and liked the tournament a lot, but prefer Cincy. It feels much more intimate; the players seem more accessible; the ushers and volunteers are more relaxed and helpful; the food on site is better; and the alcohol is much cheaper. It might be a nice change of pace for you. It can get oppressively hot and humid during the day.

As far as seeing Roger, I wouldn't count on him playing either Montreal or Cincy with the baby due right around then. IMHO, I don't see why he'd play either after his great results at the French and Wimbledon and wouldn't blame him if he wanted to take some extra downtime at home with Mirka and the baby, and wait until the Open to show up on this side of the pond.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

I opened this because I thought it was one more of the Which is Better themes..... "Which is Better: Montreal or Cincinnati"
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Cincinnati is crap.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

Montreal is one of the greatest cities in the world. If you are planning on doing anything non-tennis related during your trip, then it's really a no brainer.

If your main priority is to see Federer, go to Cincy, as I doubt he'll be coming to Canada this year.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

Oh, come on, Cincy has Kings Island right down the road! Water park, rollercoasters, loads of fun, especially if you have kids.
Haven't been to Montreal, but Cincy once and I am going again this year. Prices are cheeper and if you have a car, easy to get around. You can get a cheep hotel room one or two exits down the interstate. Very fan friendly. I like it better than Washington, where I've been going off and on for 15 years.
As for what Fed does, I don't think anyone knows. Depends on when the baby comes and what he wants to do. I wouldn't blame him for staying home until US Open, if that's what he wants.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

Well i've been to Montreal (for F1 and tennis) and it's a very very nice place, and i would think it would be worth the extra money... Tho i guess Cincinatti could be very nice aswell.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

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I've heard great things about Montreal.

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Re: Cincinnati or Montreal

If it were me, I would go to Montreal, simply because it comes first.

Otherwise I could be watching some great tennis on television and thinking, "Dammit I could have seen this live". Once I'd had my live visit, it wouldn't be so bad watching the second tournament on TV.

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