Rod Laver’s tennis legacy was unlikely to diminish, but his achievements were in close agreement with Novak Djokovic this month.
Had the Serbs defeated Daniil Medvedev to win the US Open title at Flushing Meadows, he would have completed a Grand Slam and won all four majors in the same calendar year.
Instead, the Russians were tired, and in his own words landed his first major title in a straight set against “Subpar” Djokovic.
And when he entered Team Europe in the 4th edition of the Laver Cup, he will be the first Grand Slam champion in a tournament named after the Laver.
Laver Cup 2021
- date: Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26
- timing: The afternoon session begins at 6 pm UK time (5 pm on Sunday). Night sessions start at midnight (no Sunday night sessions)
- venue: Boston TD Garden
- Team Europe (Bjorn Borg Captain): Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud
- Team World (Captain John McEnroe): Denis Shapovalov, Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios
- TV / live stream: UK rights to the Laver Cup are owned by Eurosport and coverage will be available via television and Eurosport players. Full coverage details are in TBC.
The tournament is the brainchild of Roger Federer through his TEAM 8 management company, along with tennis Australian and Brazilian businessman and billionaire Jorge Paulo Leman. The vision was to create tennis, the equivalent of the Ryder Cup of Golf, where the biggest stars on the planet would come together at an annual team event.
The first edition, held in Prague in 2017, was a huge success with Team Europe winning Team World 15-9, but the real highlight for fans was not the result, but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It was an opportunity to meet two great players. Playing together in a highly competitive environment is always doubled. (They defeated Sam Quer and Jack Sock in a decisive tiebreaker.)
They have never replayed that role, and may never, and neither will attend this year’s event. Nadal had just been treated for a foot problem and Federer had yet another knee surgery to extend his career, but excluded him for the rest of the year.
Instead, the newly crowned US Open champion and world No. 2 Medvedev wants to be Team Europe’s cash cow, but for the team to work well, World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitschi You need to set aside a long-term rivalry with Path.
With the addition of Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud’s other four members of the world’s top ten, bookmakers have listed Europe as an 80% favorite.
Team World, led by John McEnroe, on the other hand, doesn’t have one player in the top ten, but has four between 11 and 20. Nick Kyrgios’ 95th ranking, on the other hand, can be misleading given that it’s essentially part-time tennis. player.
However, given that it will be held at TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics, the NBA team he supports, he could be completely enthusiastic about the team event.
Results of the previous Laver Cup
- 2017: Team Europe 15-9 Team World
- 2018: Team Europe 13-8 Team World
- 2019: Team Europe 13-11 Team World
- 2020: Not held
It consists of 4 games every day. One is double and three are single. All matches are the best three sets, but the final set is not a full set and is determined by the first ten tiebreakers.
On the first day, winning each match is worth one point. The second day is worth 2 points and the final day each match is worth 3 points. That is, a total of 24 points are offered, so the first team with 13 points claims victory. If the teams tie on Sunday 12-12, a decisive doubles match will take place.
Each player must play at least one singles match in the first two days and may not play more than two singles in the entire event.
At least four of the six players must play doubles and no combination is allowed more than once, except in the finals on Sunday.
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