Laver Cup
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

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

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 edition.[10]

2017: Inaugural edition

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

Main article: 2017 Laver Cup

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

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

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

2018

Main article: 2018 Laver Cup

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

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

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

2019

2019 Laver Cup at the Palexpo
2019 Laver Cup at the Palexpo

Main article: 2019 Laver Cup

The third edition was held in Geneva from 20 to 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.

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

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

2021

Main article: 2021 Laver Cup

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 also rescheduled.[12]

Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Player Rank
Austria Dominic Thiem 4
Switzerland Roger Federer 8

Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Player Rank

Records & statistics

Tournament editions

Year Winner Score Runner-up Location Venue Europe captain World captain
2017
Team Europe
15–9
Team World
Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2018
Team Europe
13–8
Team World
Chicago, United States United Center Sweden Björn Borg United States John McEnroe
2019
Team Europe
13–11
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
2022 London, United Kingdom The O2 Arena

Team statistics

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
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
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

Player statistics

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

Participating nations

Nation Team Number of players
2017 2018 2019 2021 Total
Argentina World 1 1
Australia World 1 1 1 3
Austria Europe 1 1 1 3
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

See also

References

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