At the Laver Cup, rivals become teammates. This is just not a sentence in order to increase the popularity and marketing around the event, but the truth. Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini spent a relaxing Thursday night in London at Zela Restaurant.
The 18-time Grand Slam winner Spanish player is one of the investors in Zela brand, along with the FC Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo and NBA star Pau Gasol. Those are the five players plus still one, who will soon be revealed, that will compete in the Laver Cup for Team Europe in Geneva from 20 to 22 September.
Team World has not announced any player yet. Also in 2017, in Shanghai, the Team Europe players who competed that year got reunited, plus the captain Bjorn Borg. After the last year's win in Chicago, Federer said: I just wanted everybody to have really a nice time, a good time, celebrate tennis, give the legends a platform, have the young guys rub shoulders with great players, future legends, legends already like Borg, McEnroe, and Laver, and having other legends around, as well.
It's so helpful and it motivates you so much as a player to know its history a little bit, because maybe the future of tennis, they want to find out more through an event like this." Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play in this year's Laver Cup.
He already competed for Team Europe in 2018 and he seems to have different plans this year as he has already added one ATP 500 in October, Tokyo, prior to the Shanghai Masters.