American tennis star John Isner acknowledged that the Laver Cup is not an exhibition after Team World's loss to Team Europe. Isner, 36, made his fourth Laver Cup appearance over this past weekend. Once again, Team World lost as Team Europe now owns a perfect 4-0 record at the event.
Isner played in three matches this past weekend, losing to Alexander Zverev in his lone singles match. In his first doubles match, Isner and Denis Shapovalov beat Matteo Berrettini and Alexander Zverev. In his second doubles match, Isner and Nick Kyrgios lost to Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
"This is not an exhibition, we care deeply about this event and it sucks that we've lost every year but this event is super special," Isner said.
The Laver Cup is a highlight of Isner's year
"None of us really knew what to expect that first year in Prague, but it was one of the most incredible weeks and is now a highlight of my year," Isner said.
"To be on a team with guys we’re normally competing against is so different and so much fun. “We come together so well as a group, the chemistry is awesome and it’s such a great environment to be part of."
Isner always enjoys the Laver Cup atmosphere. "I have played four years of college tennis, it's very special. I've played a lot of Davis Cup. It's special when you play for more than just yourself. Eveyone would agree with that assessment also.
To get to play in atmospheres like this in Prague, in Chicago, in Geneva... the buildings were just absolutely electric. It makes you play very well. It's just something that you can't quite replicate every other day out on the Tour.
We are going to cherish. It goes without saying that we are going to need this crowd to be on our side big time and we are looking forward to that," Isner said.