The fourth edition of the Laver Cup should have gathered the world's leading players in Boston from today, with Team Europe seeking the fourth title under the guidance of the founder Roger Federer. Due to a coronavirus, the Laver Cup had to be postponed for 2021, with the organizers scheduling the next event in Boston between September 24-26 next year.
With the current health situation, it was impossible to bring everything that Laver Cup has to offer to the crowd, and tennis lovers from Boston and all over the States will have to wait until September 2021 to see Roger Federer and other stars in action.
On Friday, the organizers have confirmed London's The O2 arena as the fifth edition of the Laver Cup between September 23-25, 2022, with the British capital gathering the world's leading players at the current venue of the ATP Finals that will move to Turin from 2021.
Hosting the ATP Finals since 2009, The O2 arena has been one of three main stops in the men's tennis calendar, alongside Wimbledon and Queen's. Now, the crowd will have the opportunity to watch more relaxed and exciting team competition that should keep them on the edge of their seats.
Lat September, Team Europe prevailed against Team World in the deciding match in Geneva to keep the beautiful trophy in their cabinet for the third straight year, making a proper celebration out of it. After the opening two encounters of the third and final day, Team World had the edge over their rivals.
Federer had no room for errors versus John Isner, prevailing in two close sets to reduce the deficit and set all eyes on the last encounter between Alexander Zverev and Milos Raonic. It had to go down to the wire, and the German clinched the victory in the match tie break to secure the title for Team Europe for the second time in a row, wrapping up an incredible event in the most energetic style.
London will host the fifth edition of the Laver Cupo in September 2022.
"We're so excited to be bringing the Laver Cup to London, a city steeped in tennis heritage. The British fans love their tennis, and the Laver Cup is like nothing they have seen before.
Over one amazing weekend, we bring together today's greatest players as teammates, alongside legends and rivals from previous generations to create a truly unique spectacle that has thrilled fans around the globe," Laver Cup Chairman and CEO of TEAM8 Tony Godsick said "London's The O2 is one of the world's most iconic music and entertainment venues.
It is a destination unto itself, with spectacular scale, design, technology and amenities. It is the perfect setting for the Laver Cup to create an unrivaled fan experience," Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks said. "We are delighted The O2 will host the Laver Cup in 2022 and look forward to welcoming the tournament to London and bringing the excitement of tennis to the British fans.
The O2 has held a multitude of world-class sporting events since opening in 2007 and will continue this tradition with the Laver Cup, which will no doubt be a must-see event in the sporting calendar," Gael Caselli, VP of Sport, AEG Europe said.
"It is a great honor for London to play host to the Laver Cup in 2022. Londoners are fanatical about sport and have missed the thrill of live events during the pandemic. The capital is proud to have hosted major international sporting events over the years.
To add the prestigious Laver Cup to our portfolio is incredibly exciting, and we can't wait to welcome the event to town," London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.