Laver Cup

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Laver Cup
2018 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/

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]

History[edit]

The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup, with an entirely black center court.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

2017: Inaugural edition[edit]

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]

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

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 Geneva, Switzerland Palexpo Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe

Participating nations[edit]

Nation Team Number of players
2017 2018 Total
Argentina World 1 1
Australia World 1 1 2
Austria Europe 1 1
Belgium Europe 1 1
Bulgaria Europe 1 1
Canada World 1 1
Croatia Europe 1 1
Czech Republic Europe 1 1
Germany Europe 1 1 2
Serbia Europe 1 1
South Africa World 1 1
Spain Europe 1 1
Switzerland Europe 1 1 2
United Kingdom Europe 1 1
United States World 4 3 7

Player statistics[edit]

Nat. Player Team First
year
Laver Cups Matches Win–Loss Points
App. Won Singles Doubles Total Singles Doubles Total
Argentina Diego Schwartzman World 2018 1 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1
Australia Nick Kyrgios World 2017 2 0 5 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–5 3–0 5–5
Austria Dominic Thiem Europe 2017 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Belgium David Goffin Europe 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Europe 2018 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2
Canada Denis Shapovalov World 2017 1 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1
Croatia Marin Čilić Europe 2017 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–3
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych Europe 2017 1 1 3 0–1 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–4 0–6
Germany Alexander Zverev Europe 2017 2 2 5 4–0 0–1 4–1 9–0 0–3 9–3
Serbia Novak Djokovic Europe 2018 1 1 2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–3
South Africa Kevin Anderson World 2018 1 0 3 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 3–3
Spain Rafael Nadal Europe 2017 1 1 4 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–1 4–4
Switzerland Roger Federer Europe 2017 2 2 7 4–0 1–2 5–2 10–0 2–4 12–4
United Kingdom Kyle Edmund Europe 2018 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
United States John Isner World 2017 2 0 6 1–3 2–0 3–3 3–6 6–0 9–6
United States Sam Querrey World 2017 1 0 3 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–5 0–2 0–7
United States Jack Sock World 2017 2 0 8 0–2 5–1 5–3 0–3 10–2 10–5
United States Frances Tiafoe World 2017 2 0 2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–2

Records

  • Player to win seven or more points in a year: Roger Federer (2017)
  • Player to win all singles and doubles matches in a year: Roger Federer (2017)

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. ^ "Breaking the boundaries: Laver Cup embraces innovation | Laver Cup". Laver Cup. 2017-09-24. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  6. ^ "Dynamic Doubles Duo: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to team up in inaugural Laver Cup". Tennis.com. 2016-08-24.
  7. ^ "How Laver Cup Works | Laver Cup". Laver Cup. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  8. ^ "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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