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Inaugural Laver Cup kicks off from Prague, but what is Laver Cup?

Sep 21, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
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Named after Australian tennis giant Rod Laver, the Laver Cup brings the best players in the world together for one weekend and pins European players against “World” players. Each team is comprised of six players and one captain. Bjorn Borg leads Team Europe while John McEnroe will head Team World.

Team Europe: Bjorn Borg (C), Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych. 

Team World: John McEnroe (C), Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Francis Tiafoe. 


Spectators can view the tournament as a similar format to Davis Cup: Teams will play a series of singles and doubles matches over three days. Matches won on Friday are worth one point; matches won on Saturday are worth two points; and matches won on Sunday are worth three points. A team will need to earn 13 points to win the Laver Cup. In the event of a tie on Sunday, there will be a doubles set played to determine a winner.

There will be four matches played each day – three singles matches and one doubles match – and each match will be best-of-3. If players enter a third set then they will engage in a 10-point tiebreak set. Each player will play at least one singles match (and no more than two over the weekend).

At least four of the six players on each team will need to play doubles. Team Europe fans can get excited – the possibility of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teaming up in doubles has been the buzz of the tennis world over the past few weeks. For Team World, Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock will play on Day 1.

Finally, get excited – for the first time ever, tennis will be played on a black court.

Shapovalov Eyes Revenge

Denis Shapovalov will play Rogers Cup champion Alexander Zverev on Day 1 of the competition. The two ATP Next Gen stars have one career meeting, coming this summer in Montreal where Zverev defeated an inspired Shapovalov in the semifinals.

Since Montreal, Zverev is 1-2 in his last three matches. Shapovalov, on the other hand, is 8-1.

Their match will be played at 7 p.m. in Prague. Canadian fans can tune in at 1 p.m. ET on TSN3. Click here for the full Laver Cup schedule, or click here to visit the Laver Cup official website.


Feature photo: Credit Ben Solomon/Laver Cup.