Maria Sharapova is a fan favorite virtually everywhere she goes, and Montréal is no exception.
Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka took her turn fielding questions from the press before the tournament.
Another former World No.1, Jelena Jankovic, brought her smile with her to Montréal.
Though she is very well-known in these parts, Eugenie Bouchard went the extra mile to ensure recognition.
To say Bouchard's session with the press was well-attended would be an understatement.
Reigning Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova was victorious the last time the Rogers Cup was held in Montréal in 2012.
Agnieszka Radwanska was looking to get her summer hardcourt campaign in gear after losing early in Stanford.
Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak delighted the local fans with a quarterfinal run here two years ago.
Ana Ivanovic, who leads the WTA with 41 match wins in 2014, got in a pre-tournament hitting session.
WTA Rising Star Sloane Stephens took some advice from new coach Thomas Hogstedt.
A light moment during a practice session for Sharapova, who is competing for the first time since Wimbledon.
Sabine Lisicki also had some fun on court before the tournament got going.
Lisicki was happy to sign autographs after her hitting session.
Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur got a hit in with new coach Simon Rea.
World No.5 Radwanska appeared in good spirits during a pre-tournament practice.
It's not a stretch to imagine 2010 Montréal winner Caroline Wozniacki making a deep run this year.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams had her game face on during practice.
Sharapova was among those who answered fan questions during WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox.
Radwanska also took questions from social media and the fans in attendance.
Azarenka with WTA Live All Access Hour host Kristen Aldridge.
Radwanska looked delighted as she played air hockey during WTA Live All Access Hour.
Kvitova also tried to see if her tennis skills extended to air hockey.