Dominic Thiem, the World No 3 and US Open champion, has confirmed he will be heading to Boston as part of Bjorn Borg’s Team Europe, joining 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer for next year’s Laver Cup to be held at the iconic TD Garden in Boston from 24-26 September, 2021.
It’s so cool to be competing as part of a team with guys I’m normally facing across the net. We have so much fun together, but I also still learn a lot from the likes of Roger and Bjorn who have so much experience in the game. Dominic Thiem
Thiem has just completed an outstanding 2020 season as the runner-up at the Australian Open in January before capturing his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in New York in September, and he again was in blistering form when he defeated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to reach the final at the season ending ATP Finals in London for the second year in a row.
“The Laver Cup is a fantastic event and I’m really excited to be a part of Team Europe for the Boston edition,” Thiem said.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be on the winning side at two of the three Laver Cups so far – in Prague and Geneva, and it’s a really unique event, like no other on the tour. I’m really looking forward to helping Team Europe capture a fourth title.
“It’s so cool to be competing as part of a team with guys I’m normally facing across the net.
“We have so much fun together, but I also still learn a lot from the likes of Roger and Bjorn who have so much experience in the game.”
Team Captain Borg is also delighted that Thiem will once again be part of his team as he looks to maintain his impeccable record of winning the Laver Cup each year since the inaugural event in Prague in 2017.
“Dom has had an incredible season, despite the unprecedented circumstances. He consistently performs at the top level and it was great to see him win his first Slam earlier in the year in New York,” said Borg.
“With him and Roger confirmed I feel we’ve got a great foundation, but for sure we’ll need to be in top form as each year Team World get tougher and tougher and my great friend and rival John McEnroe will be hungrier than ever to win in front of a home crowd!”
Team World is captained by John McEnroe, while additional players will be announced in due course.
Event organisers took the tough decision in April that the Laver Cup would not be held in 2020 because of the French Open’s move from May/June into September/October due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We needed to make a decision now on our event,” Laver Cup Chairman and CEO of TEAM8 Tony Godsick said at the time. “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 our fans as well as our 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.”
“Most importantly, all of our thoughts are with the massive number of people around the world impacted by COVID-19 and the incredible selfless people working on the front line keeping many of us safe.
“We created the Laver Cup to celebrate the greats of the game – past, present and future – and to grow the game of tennis,” Godsick continued. “The Laver Cup is only at the start of a long and incredible journey which will continue next year.”
With the departure of the ATP Finals from London after a decade at the O2 Arena, the fifth edition of the Laver Cup has been confirmed for the venue from 23-25 September, 2022.
“We’re so excited to be bringing the Laver Cup to London, a city steeped in tennis heritage,” Godsick said “The British fans love their tennis and the Laver Cup is like nothing they have seen before.
“Over one amazing weekend we bring together today’s greatest players as teammates, alongside legends and rivals from previous generations to create a truly unique spectacle that has thrilled fans around the globe.”
Roger Federer, 20-time Grand Slam Champion added: “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.
“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.”
Named in honour of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the Laver Cup is played on a dramatic black court that will be constructed within The O2, a 20,000 seat arena.
The three-day team competition pits 6 of the best players from Europe against 6 of their counterparts from the rest of the World.
Since its debut in Prague in 2017, the Laver Cup has been staged in Chicago in 2018, and Geneva last year and 2022 will mark the third time Team Europe has held the ‘home advantage’.
The O2, which has welcomed more than 70 million people to music, sports and entertainment events since opening in 2007, is no stranger to tennis as the home to the hugely successful ATP Finals since 2009.
“London’s The O2 is one of the world’s most iconic music and entertainment venues,” Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks said. “It is a destination unto itself, with spectacular scale, design, technology and amenities.
“It is the perfect setting for the Laver Cup to create an unrivalled fan experience.”
Gael Caselli, VP of Sport, AEG Europe commented: “We are delighted The O2 will host the Laver Cup in 2022 and look forward to welcoming the tournament to London and bringing the excitement of tennis to the British fans.
“The O2 has held a multitude of world class sporting events since opening in 2007 and will continue this tradition with the Laver Cup, which will no doubt be a must see event in the sporting calendar.”
The city of London has also thrown its support behind the event. Mayor Sadiq Khan said “It is a great honour for London to play host to the Laver Cup in 2022.
“Londoners are fanatical about sport and have missed the thrill of live events during the pandemic.
“The capital is proud to have hosted major international sporting events over the years. To add the prestigious Laver Cup to our portfolio is incredibly exciting and we can’t wait to welcome the event to town.”
Ticket information will be released in due course with fans encouraged to register their interest in the event on LaverCup.com.