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The Laver Cup is an international indoor hard court men's tennis tournament between two teams: Team Europe and Team World, the latter of which is composed of players from non-European countries. Held annually,[1] the tournament is intended to be the Ryder Cup of the tennis world.[2] It takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating. In addition to the guaranteed participation fees which are based upon the players' ATP rankings, each member of the winning team gets $250,000 in prize money, but the tournament itself does not count towards the players' point totals in the ATP world tour for that year.[3][4] In May 2019, the Laver Cup became an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event.[5]

Laver Cup
Logo of Laver Cup.jpg
Tournament information
Founded2017 (2017)
Editions2 (2017, 2018)
LocationEuropean city, World city rotation
SurfaceHard indoor
Draw2 teams (Team Europe vs Team World)
Websitehttps://lavercup.com/

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup, with an entirely black center court.[6]

The tournament is named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, a tennis player widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. Roger Federer's management company, TEAM8, Brazilian businessman and former Davis Cup player Jorge Paulo Lemann, and Tennis Australia partnered to create the Laver Cup.[7]. Roger Federer was inspired to create a tennis team tournament based on the biennial Ryder Cup golf tournament, which features the best golfers from the United States playing against the best golfers from Europe. [8]

The competition pits six top European players against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world. There are 12 matches played over three days (nine singles and three doubles). Each victory gives the victorious team a number of points equal to the day the match was played on. The first team to claim 13 points win the tournament.[9] Each player takes the court once or twice for singles, with at least four of the six taking part in doubles. All matches are played as best-of-three, with a 10-point tiebreaker if play goes to a third set.

Former rivals Björn Borg of Sweden (Europe) and John McEnroe of the United States (World team) will serve as captains for the first three editions.[10]

2017: Inaugural editionEdit

The first edition was held in Prague from 22–24 September 2017, at the O2 Arena. Team Europe defeated Team World 15–9.

  Team Europe
Captain:   Björn Borg
Player Rank
  Rafael Nadal 1
  Roger Federer 2
  Alexander Zverev 4
  Marin Čilić 5
  Dominic Thiem 7
  Tomáš Berdych 19

  Team World
Captain:   John McEnroe
Player Rank
  Sam Querrey 16
  John Isner 17
  Nick Kyrgios 20
  Jack Sock 21
  Denis Shapovalov 51
  Frances Tiafoe 72
  • Singles rankings as of 18 September 2017

2018Edit

The second edition was held in Chicago from 21–23 September 2018, at the United Center. Team Europe defeated Team World 13–8.

  Team Europe
Captain:   Björn Borg
Player Rank
  Roger Federer 2
  Novak Djokovic 3
  Alexander Zverev 5
  Grigor Dimitrov 7
  David Goffin 11
  Kyle Edmund 16

  Team World
Captain:   John McEnroe
Player Rank
  Kevin Anderson 9
  John Isner 10
  Diego Schwartzman 14
  Jack Sock 17
  Nick Kyrgios 27
  Frances Tiafoe 40
  • Singles rankings as of 17 September 2018

2019Edit

The third edition will be held in Geneva from 20–22 September 2019, at the Palexpo.

  Team Europe
Captain:   Björn Borg
Player Rank
  Rafael Nadal 2
  Roger Federer 3
  Dominic Thiem 4
  Alexander Zverev 6
  Stefanos Tsitsipas 8
  Fabio Fognini 11

  Team World
Captain:   John McEnroe
Player Rank
  John Isner 14
  Kevin Anderson 17
  Milos Raonic 22
  Nick Kyrgios 29
  Denis Shapovalov 38
TBD
  • Singles rankings as of 19 August 2019

Records & statisticsEdit

Tournament editionsEdit

Year Winner Score Runner-up Location Venue Europe captain World captain
2017   Team Europe 15–9   Team World Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena   Björn Borg   John McEnroe
2018   Team Europe 13–8   Team World Chicago, United States United Center   Björn Borg   John McEnroe
2019 Geneva, Switzerland Palexpo   Björn Borg   John McEnroe

Participating nationsEdit

Nation Team Number of players
2017 2018 2019 Total
Argentina World 1 1
Australia World 1 1 1 3
Austria Europe 1 1 2
Belgium Europe 1 1
Bulgaria Europe 1 1
Canada World 1 2 3
Croatia Europe 1 1
Czech Republic Europe 1 1
Germany Europe 1 1 1 3
Greece Europe 1 1
Italy Europe 1 1
Serbia Europe 1 1
South Africa World 1 1 2
Spain Europe 1 1 2
Switzerland Europe 1 1 1 3
United Kingdom Europe 1 1
United States World 4 3 1 8

Player statisticsEdit

Nat. Player Team First
year
Last
year
Laver Cups Matches Win–Loss Points
App. Won Singles Doubles Total Singles Doubles Total
  Diego Schwartzman World 2018 2018 1 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1
  Nick Kyrgios World 2017 2019 3 0 5 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–5 3–0 5–5
  Dominic Thiem Europe 2017 2019 2 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
  David Goffin Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
  Grigor Dimitrov Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
  Milos Raonic World 2019 2019 1 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Denis Shapovalov World 2017 2019 2 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1
  Marin Čilić Europe 2017 2017 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–3
  Tomáš Berdych Europe 2017 2017 1 1 3 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–4 0–6
  Alexander Zverev Europe 2017 2019 3 2 5 4–0 0–1 4–1 9–0 0–3 9–3
  Stefanos Tsitsipas Europe 2019 2019 1 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Fabio Fognini Europe 2019 2019 1 0 0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
  Novak Djokovic Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–3
  Kevin Anderson World 2018 2019 2 0 3 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 3–3
  Rafael Nadal Europe 2017 2019 2 1 4 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–1 4–4
  Roger Federer Europe 2017 2019 3 2 7 4–0 1–2 5–2 10–0 2–4 12–4
  Kyle Edmund Europe 2018 2018 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
  John Isner World 2017 2019 3 0 6 1–3 2–0 3–3 3–6 6–0 9–6
  Sam Querrey World 2017 2017 1 0 3 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–5 0–2 0–7
  Jack Sock World 2017 2018 2 0 8 0–2 5–1 5–3 0–3 10–2 10–5
  Frances Tiafoe World 2017 2018 2 0 2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–2

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Laver Cup to become an annual event". Laver Cup. 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ "Laver Cup is our Ryder Cup, says Novak Djokovic". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ "In Laver Cup's Debut, Europe Towers Over the World". New York Times. 2017-09-21.
  4. ^ Clarey, Christopher (2017-09-24). "A Promising Debut for the Laver Cup, Buoyed by Two Timeless Stars". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Tennis: Laver Cup becomes official ATP event". Reuters. 2019-05-24.
  6. ^ "Breaking the boundaries: Laver Cup embraces innovation | Laver Cup". Laver Cup. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  7. ^ "Dynamic Doubles Duo: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in inaugural Laver Cup". Tennis.com. 2016-08-24.
  8. ^ "In Spirit Of Ryder Cup, A Competition To Honor Rod Laver". New York Times. 2016-01-29.
  9. ^ "How Laver Cup Works | Laver Cup". Laver Cup. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  10. ^ "What is the Laver Cup, why are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal playing and how excited should we be about it?". The Telegraph. 2017-09-20.

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