The former tennis player Tomas Carbonell, who is part of the Spanish tennis federation, criticized the Laver Cup, which is co-founded by Roger Federer. The Swiss player headlined the first two editions of the tournament and he is set to do the same next year in Geneva.
But Carbonell believes that once Federer retires, no one will care about the Laver Cup. 'What's Laver Cup? Laver Cup is anything. Nothing. It's a format that has success because its ultimate player competes in it, and wherever Federer goes, you have a packed crowd.
But when he retires... What value does it have? Who will go to an exhibition? Without points, only for money... The ones who lived for tennis know that exhibition tournaments last less. The ATP Cup that takes place in Australia, we will see, but I think the new Davis Cup has a great format.
You have so many interests involved that anything can happen. I believe, and I know it because I know Galo Blanco, Albert Costa and Pique, that they will give everything, but I believe that the first years it will not be good but it will definitely end being an important success,' said Carbonell.
However, Federer recently said that he plans to play Laver Cup even after his retirement, both as a player and captain for Team Europe. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title