Created to honor one of the greatest competitors that our game has ever seen, the Laver Cup kicked off in 2017 in Prague on the unique black hard court, with Team Europe and Team World gathering the best possible field of players.
For the first time, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer shared the same side of the court and the crowd had the opportunity to see some fantastic clashes that went down to the wire, with Roger Federer defeating Nick Kyrgios in the deciding encounter after saving a match point to secure the title for the European squad.
Last year, the action moved to Chicago and this time Team Europe had Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev as the leading figures who once again toppled Team World to lift the beautiful trophy for the second consecutive year and wrap up the three-day competition that kept players and the crowd entertained both on and off the court.
After two very successful editions, the Laver Cup will find the new home in Geneva between September 20-22, providing a chance for Federer to compete in front of the home crowd together with other most prominent tennis names, including Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
On the other hand, the red Team World will try to make a surprise and topple the stronger rivals, although without Kevin Anderson who has decided to skip the rest of the season with an injury. The captain John McEnroe has called Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz to join John Isner, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov, eager to give their best against the rivals from the top-10 and grab the trophy for the first time.
Jack Sock played in the first edition of the Laver Cup in 2017, winning one doubles matches and losing tight singles encounter against Rafael Nadal. Last year, he won three doubles encounters, hoping for more of the same next week in Prague as well.
"Jack has been our MVP for the past two years and I'm delighted he'll be joining us in Geneva this year," McEnroe said. "We've got to be strategic, Team Europe is going to be tough to beat. For us, doubles has been very important over the past couple of years.
We've won the great majority of our doubles matches and obviously Jack was a big part of that. He's one of the best doubles players in the world, tremendously versatile and a great team player – it's an environment he thrives in.
I think he may very well be the key to success for us in Geneva. Taylor Fritz is having the best season of his career, he’s shown some blistering form this year, and had a rapid rise up the rankings to hit a high of world No.25.
Taylor is one of the young guns to watch in world tennis. He’s only 21 years old, he gets on great with all the guys and he’ll be a great addition to the team in Geneva. I know Kevin is disappointed he can’t play Laver Cup this year – he was fantastic in Chicago – and we all wish him the very best with his rehab and look forward to seeing him back on the court soon."
"I look forward to playing Laver Cup every year and experiencing the amazing team atmosphere and camaraderie," Sock said. It's probably the best atmosphere any of us have ever played in. I'm fortunate to be playing with some of my best friends on tour, we all get on really well and have a lot of fun.
You know the other guys have your back out there, they're supporting you, watching your whole match, it makes you want to play your best, and I think it happens and can make a huge difference. For the first two years, Team World has really hung in there and we've definitely had our chances to win, and it's been so close.
If a couple of points here and there had gone the other way, you know we could've been holding the trophy in both years. Being in his home country we're expecting an insane number of Roger and Team Europe fans, but you know we had a similar experience in Prague so we're used to it.
We're definitely heavy underdogs but it's going to be fun to get out there to try and prove people wrong, and cause a big upset."