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National Bank to become major partner of tennis in Quebec - Landmark partnership also to include presenting sponsorship of Rogers Cup in Montreal

Montreal, 7 March 2005 -

Tennis Canada is proud to announce it will be joining forces with National Bank until 2009 as the presenting sponsor of the Rogers Cup men’s and women’s tennis championships in Montreal. Through this major sponsorship, the Bank aims to contribute to the development and expansion of tennis throughout Quebec.   National Bank will also sponsor a full slate of events in and around Montreal to encourage young hopefuls to achieve their dreams of being the best.

“We are very pleased with this major partnership between National Bank and Tennis Canada,” stated Jack Graham, Board Chair, Tennis Canada.  “We are particularly proud that National Bank has chosen to support the development of Quebec athletes on a year-round basis in addition to gaining presenting rights to the Rogers Cup in Montreal.  This constitutes the single biggest direct contribution to tennis development from a sponsor ever to occur in Canada.  Support from a prosperous and dynamic company such as National Bank demonstrates the vitality of our sport in Quebec; a model for the rest of the country.”

By partnering with Tennis Canada, National Bank will present the prestigious Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal until 2009, and will help increase its visibility among the more than 165,000 expected to attend the week-long event. Beginning in the Fall of 2005 and for the remainder of the five-year agreement, the Bank will also sponsor six new regional tournaments, with annual prize money of $10,000 to $25,000 US. It will also award $50,000 CDN in bursaries to young Quebec athletes each year.   In collaboration with Tennis Québec, the Bank will participate in a province-wide tour. The Bank will also support the National Bank Tennis Plus program   for municipalities, as well as indoor and outdoor tennis clubs that want to encourage more and more Quebecers to take up tennis.

“National Bank is very pleased to be associated with this major event which continues to gain in popularity and build a loyal following. This alliance gives us an opportunity to promote tennis throughout Quebec,” stated Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank.   “Sponsoring an event of this kind is a perfect fit for us because Tennis Canada, like the Bank, is a leader that sets the standard in its field of activity.  We believe that this partnership will be mutually beneficial and that we will make a great team over the next five years, while supporting up-and-coming players.”

National Bank has sponsored the tournaments in Quebec City and Granby for a number of years. It also lends it support to sports through several groups, such as the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence and the Montreal Impact   soccer team.  This new association with Tennis Canada is a natural extension of the Bank’s longstanding involvement in sports sponsorship to encourage excellence, determination and promote the training and development of professional and amateur athletes.

“Talk about a perfect match,” said Eugène Lapierre, Director of the Montreal office and Tournament Director, Tennis Canada.  “National Bank’s well-known slogan “Hi, may I help you?” is a perfect reflection of this new partnership.  It was quite evident from the beginning that National Bank shared our enthusiasm for the development of our Quebec athletes as well as their major impact with our world-class event.”

The best of the best in men’s tennis are coming to Uniprix Stadium in Montreal as part of the Rogers Cup, presented by National Bank, from August 6-14th. To purchase tickets please visit or call Admission at (514) 790-1245.

About National Bank
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management, as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $90 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 17,000 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at

About Tennis Canada
Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association responsible for the development of tennis across the country. It is one of the oldest national sport associations in Canada. Tennis Canada owns and  operates two of the premier events on the ATP and  WTA Tour, Rogers Cup men’s and women’s events that rotate annually between Rexall Centre and Uniprix Stadium in Toronto and Montreal.  Tennis Canada is a member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams.  Fore more information, visit Tennis Canada’s official website at

Media Contacts : (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada  
Tel.: (514) 394-8644

Anthony Alfred
Director, Media and Public Relations
Tennis Canada
Tel.: 1-877-283-6647 ext. 7947