Laver Cup
Tournament information
Founded2017 (2017)
Editions4 (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)
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 team tennis tournament between Team Europe and Team World, the latter of which is composed of players from all other continents except Europe. Held annually since 2017,[1] the tournament is intended to be the Ryder Cup of the tennis world.[2] It normally takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating between different host cities; alternating yearly between European cities and cities in the rest of the world.[3] (Coincidentally, the 2021 Laver Cup and 2021 Ryder Cup were both held on the same late September weekend of 2021.)[4] 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.[5][6] In May 2019, the Laver Cup became an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event.[7]

Format

The competition pits six top European players against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world. Each team is led by a team captain, who is a former tennis legend. Three of the six players qualify based on their ATP singles ranking as of the Monday following the French Open in June. Three are “captain’s picks”, announced by the start of the U.S. Open, in August.[3]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Former rivals Björn Borg of Sweden (Team Europe) and John McEnroe of the United States (Team World) were announced to serve as captains for at least the first three editions.[11] After the 2019 edition, they announced that they will reprise their roles as team captains for a fourth straight edition.[12]

2017: Inaugural edition

The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup.[13]
The O2 Arena in Prague during the first Laver Cup.[13]

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.

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 was held in Boston from 24 to 26 September 2021, at the TD Garden. It was originally scheduled for September 2020, but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid overlapping with the 2020 French Open, which was also rescheduled.[14] Team Europe defeated Team World 14−1.

Team Europe
Captain: Sweden Björn Borg
Vice-captain: Sweden Thomas Enqvist
Player Rank
Russia Daniil Medvedev 2
Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 3
Germany Alexander Zverev 4
Russia Andrey Rublev 5
Italy Matteo Berrettini 7
Norway Casper Ruud 10
Team World
Captain: United States John McEnroe
Vice-captain: United States Patrick McEnroe
Player Rank
Canada Félix Auger-Aliassime 11
Canada Denis Shapovalov 12
Argentina Diego Schwartzman 15
United States Reilly Opelka 19
United States John Isner 22
Australia Nick Kyrgios 95

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
Team Europe
14–1
Team World
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
11 (11) 1 (1) 12 (12) 9 (18) 2 (4) 11 (22) 6 (18) 1 (3) 7 (21) 26 (47) 4 (8) 30 (55) 4
Team World
1 (1) 3 (3) 4 (4) 3 (6) 2 (4) 5 (10) 2 (6) 3 (9) 5 (15) 6 (13) 8 (16) 14 (29) 0

Players

Records

Record Record holder(s)
Most appearances 4 United States John Isner, Australia Nick Kyrgios, Germany Alexander Zverev
Most Laver Cups won 4 Germany Alexander Zverev
Most total matches played 12 United States John Isner, United States Jack Sock
Most singles matches won 6 Switzerland Roger Federer, Germany Alexander Zverev
Most doubles matches won 7 United States Jack Sock
Most total matches won 8 Switzerland Roger Federer, United States Jack Sock, Germany Alexander Zverev
Best win percentage (minimum 5 matches) 73% Switzerland Roger Federer, Germany Alexander Zverev
Most singles points won 15 Switzerland Roger Federer
Most doubles points won 15 United States Jack Sock
Most total points won 18 Switzerland Roger Federer, Germany Alexander Zverev
Best performance in a tournament (most total points won) 7–0 Switzerland Roger Federer
Most total matches won in a tournament (undefeated) 3–0 Switzerland Roger Federer, Russia Andrey Rublev

Statistics

Player Team Nat First
year
Last
year
Laver Cups MP Win–Loss Points
App Won Singles Doubles Total Win% Singles Doubles Total
Kevin Anderson World South Africa 2018 2018 1 0 3 1–1 1–0 2–1 67% 2–3 1–0 3–3
Félix Auger-Aliassime World Canada 2021 2021 1 0 1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0% 0–1 0–0 0–1
Tomáš Berdych Europe Czech Republic 2017 2017 1 1 3 0–1 0–2 0–3 0% 0–2 0–4 0–6
Matteo Berrettini Europe Italy 2021 2021 1 1 2 1–0 0–1 1–1 50% 1–0 0–1 1–1
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 2021 4 0 12 2–5 4–1 6–6 50% 5–11 10–2 15–13
Nick Kyrgios World Australia 2017 2021 4 0 9 1–4 3–1 4–5 44% 2–9 5–2 7–11
Daniil Medvedev Europe Russia 2021 2021 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 100% 2–0 0–0 2–0
Rafael Nadal Europe Spain 2017 2019 2 2 6 2–1 1–2 3–3 50% 4–3 2–3 6–6
Reilly Opelka World United States 2021 2021 1 0 2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0% 0–1 0–3 0–4
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
Andrey Rublev Europe Russia 2021 2021 1 1 3 1–0 2–0 3–0 100% 1–0 5–0 6–0
Casper Ruud Europe Norway 2021 2021 1 1 1 1–0 0–0 1–0 100% 1–0 0–0 1–0
Diego Schwartzman World Argentina 2018 2021 2 0 2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0% 0–2 0–0 0–2
Denis Shapovalov World Canada 2017 2021 3 0 6 0–3 1–2 1–5 17% 0–4 1–4 1–8
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 2021 2 2 5 2–0 1–2 3–2 60% 3–0 2–5 5–5
Alexander Zverev Europe Germany 2017 2021 4 4 11 6–1 2–2 8–3 73% 14–2 4–4 18–6

Participating nations

Nation Team Number of players
2017 2018 2019 2021 Total
Argentina World 1 1 2
Australia World 1 1 1 1 4
Austria Europe 1 1 2
Belgium Europe 1 1
Bulgaria Europe 1 1
Canada World 1 2 2 5
Croatia Europe 1 1
Czech Republic Europe 1 1
Germany Europe 1 1 1 1 4
Greece Europe 1 1 2
Italy Europe 1 1 2
Norway Europe 1 1
Russia Europe 2 2
Serbia Europe 1 1
South Africa World 1 1
Spain Europe 1 1 2
Switzerland Europe 1 1 1 3
United Kingdom Europe 1 1
United States World 4 3 3 2 12

See also

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