Heinz Guenthardt: 'Roger Federer will not insist on keeping Laver Cup date'



by   |  VIEW 12113

Heinz Guenthardt: 'Roger Federer will not insist on keeping Laver Cup date'

The fourth edition of the Laver Cup should have gathered some of the world's finest players in Boston between September 25-27, with Team Europe seeking the fourth title under the guidance of the founder and the first confirmed player, Roger Federer.

The third edition took place last September in Geneva when Team Europe prevailed against Team World in the deciding match to keep the beautiful trophy in their cabinet and make a proper celebration out of it. Team World had the edge over their rivals before the remaining two encounters of the last day, with no room for errors allowed for Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev if they wanted to keep the title.

Federer prevailed over John Isner in two tight sets to reduce the deficit and set all eyes on the ultimate clash between Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic. It had to go down to the wire and the German prevailed in the match tie break to clinch the title for Team Europe for the second year in a row, wrapping up another incredible tennis weekend between the red and the blue squads.

As we found out on Tuesday, Roland Garros changed the schedule for September 20 - October 4, drawing a bold move due to a coronavirus without consulting the other organizations from the tennis world. Thus, it will overlap with the already sold out Laver Cup, which means that Roger Federer will undoubtedly skip the clay Major if things remain where they are at the moment.

However, it will be difficult for him to find the remaining players that will represent Team World and Team Europe, as the competitors from the top will hardly decide to skip the Major in this turbulent and unpredictable season and compete in Boston instead.

Switzerland's Fed Cup captain Heinz Guenthardt believes Roger Federer will make a move and change the date of the Laver Cup, although it will not be easy to find a free weekend at TD Garden by the end of the year. Guenthardt highlighted the importance of Major events for the players from the top but also those lower-ranked who could earn significant money and points during those two weeks.

Also, he is aware of the fact that Wimbledon, the US Open and Roland Garros would be very close to each other but the players would find the way to compete at them all and fight for the titles, reminding everyone that we had a small two-week gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the past.