Laver Cup

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Laver Cup
Logo of Laver Cup.jpg
Tournament information
Founded2017 (2017)
Editions3 (2017, 2018, 2019)
LocationEuropean city, World city rotation
SurfaceHard indoor
Draw2 teams (Team Europe vs Team World)
Websitehttps://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,[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 Tour for that year.[3][4] In May 2019, the Laver Cup became an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event.[5]

Format[edit]

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 match victory on day 1 is worth one point, on day 2 two points, and on day 3 three points. The first team to claim 13 points win the tournament. 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.[6]

History[edit]

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]

Former rivals Björn Borg of Sweden (Europe) and John McEnroe of the United States (World team) were announced to serve as captains for at least the first three editions.[9] After the 2019 edition, they announced that they will reprise their roles as team captains for a fourth straight year.[10]

2017: Inaugural edition[edit]

The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup.[11]

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

Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
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

Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World
Captain: United States John 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

2018[edit]

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

Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Player Rank
Switzerland Roger Federer 2
Serbia Novak Djokovic 3
Germany Alexander Zverev 5
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 7
Belgium David Goffin 11
United Kingdom Kyle Edmund 16

Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Player Rank
South Africa Kevin Anderson 9
United States John Isner 10
Argentina Diego Schwartzman 14
United States Jack Sock 17
Australia Nick Kyrgios 27
United States Frances Tiafoe 40
  • Singles rankings as of 17 September 2018

2019[edit]

2019 Laver Cup at the Palexpo

The third edition was held in Geneva from 20–22 September 2019, at the Palexpo. Team Europe defeated Team World 13−11 following a clinching ten-point tiebreak win from Alexander Zverev over Milos Raonic.

Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Player Rank
Spain Rafael Nadal 2
Switzerland Roger Federer 3
Austria Dominic Thiem 5
Germany Alexander Zverev 6
Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 7
Italy Fabio Fognini 11

Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Player Rank
United States John Isner 20
Canada Milos Raonic 24
Australia Nick Kyrgios 27
United States Taylor Fritz 30
Canada Denis Shapovalov 33
United States Jack Sock 210
  • Singles rankings as of 16 September 2019

2021[edit]

The fourth edition of the Laver Cup will be held in Boston from 24 September to 26 September 2021, at the TD Garden. It was originally scheduled for September 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid overlapping with the 2020 French Open, which was rescheduled for 20 September to 4 October.[12]

Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Player Rank
Switzerland Roger Federer 4

Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Player Rank
  • Singles rankings as of 16 March 2020.

Records & statistics[edit]

Tournament editions[edit]

Year Winner Score Runner-up Location Venue Europe captain World captain
2017 Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe 15–9 Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2018 Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe 13–8 Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World Chicago, United States United Center Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2019 Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe 13–11 Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World Geneva, Switzerland Palexpo Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2020 No competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Boston, United States TD Garden Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe

Participating nations[edit]

Nation Team Number of players
2017 2018 2019 2021 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
Spain Europe 1 1 2
Switzerland Europe 1 1 1 1 4
United Kingdom Europe 1 1
United States World 4 3 3 10

Player statistics[edit]

Nat Player Team First
year
Last
year
Laver Cups MP Win–Loss Points
App Won Singl. Doubl. Total Win% Singl. Doubl. Total
Argentina Diego Schwartzman World 2018 2018 1 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–1
Australia Nick Kyrgios World 2017 2019 3 0 7 1–3 3–0 4–3 57% 2–7 5–0 7–7
Austria Dominic Thiem Europe 2017 2019 2 2 3 2–1 0–0 2–1 67% 2–3 0–0 2–3
Belgium David Goffin Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 50% 1–0 0–2 1–2
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 50% 1–0 0–2 1–2
Canada Milos Raonic World 2019 2019 1 0 2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0% 0–5 0–0 0–5
Canada Denis Shapovalov World 2017 2019 2 0 3 0–2 0–1 0–3 0% 0–2 0–1 0–3
Croatia Marin Čilić Europe 2017 2017 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 50% 1–0 0–3 1–3
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych Europe 2017 2017 1 1 3 0–1 0–2 0–3 0% 0–2 0–4 0–6
Germany Alexander Zverev Europe 2017 2019 3 3 8 5–1 1–1 6–2 75% 12–2 1–3 13–5
Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas Europe 2019 2019 1 1 3 1–0 0–2 1–2 33% 1–0 0–5 1–5
Italy Fabio Fognini Europe 2019 2019 1 1 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–1
Serbia Novak Djokovic Europe 2018 2018 1 1 2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0% 0–2 0–1 0–3
South Africa Kevin Anderson World 2018 2018 1 0 3 1–1 1–0 2–1 67% 2–3 1–0 3–3
Spain Rafael Nadal Europe 2017 2019 2 2 6 2–1 1–2 3–3 50% 4–3 2–3 6–6
Switzerland Roger Federer Europe 2017 2019 3 3 11 6–0 2–3 8–3 73% 15–0 3–7 18–7
United Kingdom Kyle Edmund Europe 2018 2018 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0
United States Taylor Fritz World 2019 2019 1 0 2 1–1 0–0 1–1 50% 3–1 0–0 3–1
United States John Isner World 2017 2019 3 0 9 2–4 3–0 5–4 56% 5–9 9–0 14–9
United States Sam Querrey World 2017 2017 1 0 3 0–2 0–1 0–3 0% 0–5 0–2 0–7
United States Jack Sock World 2017 2019 3 0 12 1–2 7–2 8–4 67% 1–3 15–3 16–6
United States Frances Tiafoe World 2017 2018 2 0 2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–2

Team statistics[edit]

Team Matches (points) won Laver
Cups
won
Day 1 (1 point) Day 2 (2 points) Day 3 (3 points) Total
Singles Doubles Total Singles Doubles Total Singles Doubles Total Singles Doubles Total
Laver-Cup-Europe.svg Team Europe 8 (8) 1 (1) 9 (9) 6 (12) 1 (2) 7 (14) 6 (18) 0 (0) 6 (18) 20 (38) 2 (3) 22 (41) 3
Laver-Cup-Globe.svg Team World 1 (1) 2 (2) 3 (3) 3 (6) 2 (4) 5 (10) 2 (6) 3 (9) 5 (15) 6 (13) 7 (15) 13 (28) 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "How Laver Cup Works". Laver Cup. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  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. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Borg and McEnroe to extend Laver Cup rivalry". Laver Cup. 2019-09-22.
  11. ^ "Breaking the boundaries: Laver Cup embraces innovation". Laver Cup. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  12. ^ "Laver Cup Boston 2020 moved to 2021". Laver Cup. 2020-04-17.

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