TOAfter pandemic delay, fourth edition Laver Cup Coming soon in Boston, promising the same feel, but a different look from previous versions.
This will be the first time since its opening in 2017 that any of the men’s big three will not participate in the competition – Rafael Nadal foot injury Roger Federer need another knee surgery and Novak Djokovic resting after a tiring year in which he won 27-1 in four Grand Slam tournaments.
What is a Laver Cup?
Washbasin cup aims to become the Ryder Cup of Tennis and was founded in 2017 by Roger Federer, Tony Godsick and their agency TEAM8. Event pits Team Europe vs Team World in a unique format.
The two veteran captains select six players to represent each team. In total, nine singles and three doubles games will be played over the course of three days, with the number of points available for victory increasing from 1 to 3 each day. The first team to reach 13 points wins, but this cannot happen until the last day.
When is the 2021 Laver Cup?
This year’s event, which will replace the rescheduled last year, will take place from September 24-26 at the TD Garden in Boston, where the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics train.
Who is playing this year?
As mentioned above, this event will be the first without the biggest names in men’s tennis, but it will still feature some of the best players and five European teams are now in the top seven in the world. Nick Kirgios (95) is the lowest rated player, but the Australian player is sure to attract fans.
Team Europe: Danil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrei Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Kasper Ruud.
Team world: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Diego Schwartzman, Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Nick Kirgios.
How many matches will they play?
Each player must play at least one singles game, with at least four of the six players on each team playing doubles at least once. Expect the best players to play more, it might be a showcase event, but everyone wants to win it.