In under a month’s time, Team Europe will defend the trophy against Team World in the 4th edition of the Laver Cup, which will take place without Roger Federer at TD Garden in Boston from 24-26 September.
I’m really disappointed to be missing this year’s Laver Cup. Team Europe has an incredible line-up, though, and I wish them all the very best as they go for their fourth Laver Cup win. Roger Federer
Team Europe hoisted the trophy at the inaugural event in Prague in 2017, and successfully defended in both Chicago in 2018 and Geneva in 2019.
The event was postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and heads to London’s O2 Arena in 2022.
The tournament is named in honour of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the only man to win two calendar-year Grand Slams, and one of the greatest players of all time.
The unrivalled 3-day men’s team competition showcases 6 of the top players from Europe, captained by Bjorn Borg against 6 of their counterparts from the rest of the World, led by John McEnroe.
Tennis superstars compete on the same team, play singles, pair up in doubles and cheer each other on from the sidelines.
While Federer has withdrawn due to knee surgery and Dominic Thiem with an ongoing wrist injury, Team Europe’s line-up will feature Russian’s Daniil Medvedev (World No 2) and Andrey Rublev (No 7) alongside 2021 French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece (No 3), German Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Zverev (No 5), Italy’s Matteo Berrettini (No 8) and Norwegian Casper Ruud (No 11).
“I’m really disappointed to be missing this year’s Laver Cup,” Federer said. “Team Europe has an incredible line-up, though, and I wish them all the very best as they go for their fourth Laver Cup win.”
Medvedev, a winner of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto and runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, will make his Laver Cup debut in Boston and is looking forward to the experience.
“I’m really excited to be representing Team Europe in the Laver Cup this year,” Medvedev said.
“Playing as part of a team is special for us, as we don’t get the chance to do that often. I’m also looking forward to being on the same side of the net for once with some of my biggest rivals on the tour!”
Borg, Team Europe’s Captain, is confident ahead of his ‘most important week of the year’.
“We have a great team this year, with six of the top eleven, I like our chances,” Borg said.
“It’s never easy and we’ve been fortunate to keep our winning streak, but the pressure is on for us to defend our title. Team World is hungry.”
Team World Captain John McEnroe has named Americans John Isner (No 22) and Reilly Opelka (24) alongside Australian Nick Kyrgios (No 86), Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (No 14) and Canadians Denis Shapovalov (No 10) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (No 15) in his squad.
“Reilly had a great run last week in Toronto to reach the finals and I’ve been really impressed with his recent form,” McEnroe said.
“He’s a young guy and new to the Laver Cup, but with John and Nick having been part of the Laver Cup since the start, we have a ton of experience on our side and that’s going to be critical.
“We’ve had some tough losses over the past couple of years and have come painfully close, especially last year when we were just a tiebreak away from victory.
“We came so close to winning in Geneva, it hurt. It is a loss that we will remember for a long time. We know it is not going to be easy to beat Team Europe, but I like our chances.
“I believe that with the energy of the home crowd behind us and maybe a little bit of luck we can get the win this time!”
“I’m so excited to be back with Team World for another Laver Cup,” said Shapovalov. “I have great memories from both Prague and Geneva a couple of years ago.
“It was a lot of fun being on the team with guys that I’m normally facing across the net and of course having McEnroe as our team leader – it’s such an honor.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough challenge for us, but I really believe if we all work together and play our best tennis we have a great chance.”
The Laver Cup provides a unique global platform for host cities, featuring a mix of the world’s top players and future stars as teammates, and generating significant worldwide media exposure.
Organisers claim that, so far, the event has delivered an economic impact of up to $147 million for previous host cities Geneva, Chicago and Prague.
“The Laver Cup has surpassed expectations since it began back in 2017,” says Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks on LaverCup.com.
“In addition to generating immediate global interest due to its unique format and star power, the event has served as a catalyst for a wide range of economic, societal and business objectives for each of our iconic host cities to date.
“We look forward to working with our partners The Sports Consultancy to chart the future for the Laver Cup.”
The Laver Cup will be held in London at the O2 Arena next year from 23-25 September, 2022.
“London has always held a special place in my heart and it’s going to be incredible to bring the Laver Cup to one of my favourite cities in the world,” Federer said when the arrangement was announced.
“I know the British fans will love the way the Laver Cup brings together the top players in the world while paying respect and recognition to the legends of our game.”
Ticket information will be released in due course with fans encouraged to register their interest in the event on LaverCup.com.