As expected, the popular Laver Cup has had to be postponed thanks to the unilateral decision of the FFT to move the French Open to a new date which overlap the fourth staging of the Europe versus the Rest of The World competition scheduled for Boston for the 25th to 27th September.
“It’s unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it’s the right thing to do for everyone concerned Roger Federer
The event, the brainchild of Roger Federer, will remain in Boston for next year’s edition and ticket holders will have the choice of keeping their tickets which will be honoured at the 2021 event or a full refund.
Covid-19 remains the root cause for this continued disruption of the tennis calendar which could well be abandoned for the year.
Currently the tours are expected to resume on July 13 when the main governing bodies will review the situation though the USTA has announced it will make its own decision with regard to the US Open’s possible postponement or cancellation in mid-June. At present it is due to start at Flushing Meadows on August 31st.
The French Open meanwhile, is scheduled for the 20th September.
The organisers and backers of he Laver back – TEAM8 and Tennis Australia, the USTA and the ATP – have had to concede that an alternative date this season was impossible.
Tony Godsick, CEO of TEM8 said: “We needed to make a decision now on our event. We know our passionate fans will be disappointed that they have to wait an extra year for the Laver Cup in Boston, but this is the responsible course of action, necessitated by the emerging calendar conflicts.
“We wanted to call it now to provide certainty for fans as well as players, sponsors, broadcasters, partners, staff, volunteers and of course the great city of Boston. We thank them all for their unwavering dedication, hard work, support and understanding, and we can’t wait to bring happier times to Boston in 2021.”
Roger Federer added: “It’s unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it’s the right thing to do for everyone concerned. Although disappointing, the good news is that the TD Garden will still be able to host the event next year, and I really look forward to finally playing in Boston for the first time at Laver Cup 2021.”