Vancouver and Berlin have been named host cities for the Laver Cup in 2023 and 2024 respectively, following a full and competitive bidding process. The news comes as preparations are ramping up for this year's event, which will take place at London's O2 this September.
The Laver Cup will take place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver from September 22-24, 2023, while the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin will host the Laver Cup from September 20-22, 2024. “Our dream for Laver Cup was to bring together the best players in the world, year-round rivals, as teammates, to honor the great legends of the past and bring spectacular and competitive tennis to new destinations,” said the president and CEO of Laver Cup Team8.
Tony Godsick said. "With the hosting of the fifth Laver Cup in London in September and today's announcement, we are well on our way to realizing our vision of what is now a hugely popular event on the tennis calendar." Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks, who forged the deals with officials from both cities, believes each will provide a perfect setting for the event.
“Both cities are exceptional, forward-thinking destinations with incredible facilities and a rich cultural heritage, along with thriving tennis communities. We look forward to making more history at the Laver Cup in Vancouver and Berlin." London-based agency The Sports Consultancy, widely recognized as a leader in host city procurement for a variety of sporting and entertainment events, conducted the highly competitive tender process.
Rafael Nadal's foot injury and recovery have meant that the Spaniard has been unable to play any ATP grasscourt events in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
Corretja speaks about Nadal
Rafael Nadal had to receive injections and medications throughout Roland-Garros to numb the pain in his foot.
"I feel like 2022 for Rafa, it’s a miracle, since the very beginning of the year," Corretja said. "After winning the first tournament, then the first Slam, he then got hurt again and he didn’t have that much time to prepare for Roland-Garros." Nadal has won the first two Majors of the year (Australian Open and Roland Garros) for the first time in his career, and is theoretically on course to become just the second man in the Open Era to bag all four in a single season.
"I don’t think he feels like winning the Calendar Slam; it’s not on his mind," Corretja said. "He is just going there to practise from the first day, get ready, and probably have the best chance he can for the first round.
This is his only goal. Then he will go little by little. This is why Rafa deals very well with these kinds of situations because he knows where he is and he just goes for it, just being realistic."