In an interview with Tennis World USA, the former world No. 2 Albert Costa commented on the Laver Cup being introduced on the ATP Tour calendar in the same week as two events like St. Petersburg and Metz. "For those tournaments, it's not good because the Laver Cup has a lot of money and it is a good event, it's a strong rival.
Roger Federer has a lot of power and convinced the ATP to make this change." St. Petersburg saw a couple of big withdrawals because of injuries in Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych. The Laver Cup will feature Federer, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem for Team Europe.
For Team World, Nick Kyrgios is the high-profile player. John Isner and Jack Sock are the other two players who will represent Team World, led by John McEnroe. Team Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg. On Alexander Zverev's tough season, Costa added: "It's personal things, I do not know the reasons.
Last year Zverev did very well and this year he did not. He is a great player who is not getting the big results people expect him to but he will be great in the future." Asked who will hold most Grand Slam titles out of the Big Three, Costa replied: "Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have the chance to overcome Federer.
Djokovic is the youngest guy, can win many Majors, he is dangerous. But Rafa has his chances too." Asked if it will never be the Davis Cup we used to see, Costa replied: "We still have the qualifying that takes place at home and away.
Then the finals on a neutral court are better. This format is the best one for everyone: fans, players... Playing in a big city is amazing."