Last year in September during tje US Open Novak Djokovic had said that Laver Cup was an interesting event to take part to, although he admitted that ATP Calendar should be shorter. The World No. 4 won't play the first edition of the exhibition team competition that will take place in Prague from 22 to 24 September 2017.
Why? It was revealed just by the 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who created this event with his long-time manager Tony Godsick. 'Novak has already said 'no'. He is expecting another child in that period', said Federer after capturing his eighth historical Wimbledon title beating Marin Cilic in straight sets in the final.
'I am waiting for an answer from [Andy] Murray. It would be great to have him involved.' At the moment Federer himself Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych will play for Europe Team. Milos Raonic and John Isner will compete for Rest of the World.
Laver Cup won't be the only exhibition event for Federer in the second half of the season: on Tuesday November 7, just after Paris Bercy event, he will play a charity match with Murray in Glasgow. The money raised will be devolved to charity activities.
'I have never been before - first time', Federer said. 'Will I put the trophy up for grabs? No! Now it's in here, it’s mine so we’re not putting it up for grabs now! Not that one, quick match showdown.
No, we’re not going to do that! We’re going to have a good time and I really think it’s wonderful what he’s doing in his philanthropic efforts, good causes. I think we can do so much more in tennis. He was wonderful in Zurich.
People walked away from it, so many people told me how much fun Andy actually was, what a great sport he was so I was so happy he did that and I can’t wait to return the favour.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'I play for titles, but being No. 1 again would mean a lot'