Laver Cup

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Laver Cup
Logo of Laver Cup.jpg
Tournament information
Founded 2017 (2017)
Editions 1 (2017)
Location Location rotating each year
Venue United Center (2018)
Surface Hard indoor
Draw 2 Teams (Team Europe vs Team World)
Website https://lavercup.com/

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 (except for Summer Olympic years), the tournament takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating. In addition to the guaranteed participation fees which are based upon the player's ATP rankings, each member of the winning team gets $250,000 in prize money but, the tournament itself does not count towards the player's point totals in the ATP world tour for that year, at least not as of 2017.[1][2]

History

The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup, with an entirely black center court. [3]

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.[4]

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), with the number of points awarded for victories increasing each day. 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.[5]

2017: Inaugural edition

The first edition was held in Prague from 22–24 September 2017, at the O2 Arena.

Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Vice-captain: Sweden Thomas Enqvist
Player Rank*
Spain Rafael Nadal 1
Switzerland Roger Federer 2
Germany Alexander Zverev 4
Croatia Marin Čilić 5
Austria Dominic Thiem 7
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 19
Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Vice-captain: United States Patrick McEnroe
Player Rank*
United States Sam Querrey 16
United States John Isner 17
Australia Nick Kyrgios 20
United States Jack Sock 21
Canada Denis Shapovalov 51
United States Frances Tiafoe 72

* Singles rankings as of 18 September 2017

Records & statistics

Tournament editions

Year Winner Score Runner-up Venue Location Europe captain World captain
2017 Flag of Europe.svg Team Europe 15–9 International Flag of Planet Earth.svg Team World O2 Arena Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2018 United Center United States Chicago, United States Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe

Participating nations

Nations represented 2017 App.
 Australia 1 1
 Austria 1 1
 Canada 1 1
 Croatia 1 1
 Czech Republic 1 1
 Germany 1 1
 Spain 1 1
  Switzerland 1 1
 United States 4 1
Total Players 12

Player statistics

Nat. Player Team First
year
Laver
Cups
Matches Points Win–Loss
Totals Singles Doubles Totals Singles Doubles
Australia Kyrgios, NickNick Kyrgios World 2017 1 3 3–3 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Austria Thiem, DominicDominic Thiem Europe 2017 1 1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Canada Shapovalov, DenisDenis Shapovalov World 2017 1 1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0
Croatia Cilic, MarinMarin Čilić Europe 2017 1 2 1–3 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–1
Czech Republic Berdych, TomášTomáš Berdych Europe 2017 1 3 0–6 0–2 0–4 0–3 0–1 0–2
Germany Zverev, AlexanderAlexander Zverev Europe 2017 1 2 4–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Spain Nadal, RafaelRafael Nadal Europe 2017 1 4 4–4 2–3 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1
Switzerland Federer, RogerRoger Federer Europe 2017 1 3 7–0 5–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0
United States Isner, JohnJohn Isner World 2017 1 3 6–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
United States Querrey, SamSam Querrey World 2017 1 3 0–7 0–5 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–1
United States Sock, JackJack Sock World 2017 1 4 4–4 0–2 4–2 2–2 0–1 2–1
United States Tiafoe, FrancesFrances Tiafoe World 2017 1 1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0

See also

References

  1. ^ "In Laver Cup's Debut, Europe Towers Over the World". New York Times. 2017-09-21. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Breaking the boundaries: Laver Cup embraces innovation | Laver Cup". Laver Cup. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Dynamic Doubles Duo: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in inaugural Laver Cup". Tennis.com. 2016-08-24. 
  5. ^ "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. 

External links

  • Official website
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