Former American tennis star Todd Martin has nothing but good to say of the Laver Cup. The Laver Cup held its second edition this past weekend at the United Center in Chicago. The event drew more than 90,000 people in attendance over the course of three days.
One of the highlights of the second edition was the excellent crowd -- which was cheering loudly throughout the weekend. The crowd, alongside the players on the court, as well those players on the sidelines respectively, put up a magnificent show.
The Laver Cup organizers have underlined multiple times that the event is not an exhibition, while the critics don't believe so. The Laver Cup critics have often criticized the event by saying that it features fake reactions from players as the event wants to make it as real as possible.
However, former eight-time ATP champion and world No. 4 Martin believes it was all real. Team Europe, led by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, beat Team World by a 13-8 score. "There was a lot of stress, a lot of passion on the court and that's when our sport is best.
The fear of losing is one of the greatest things in athletics for a fan experience," Martin told George Bellshaw. "It creates tension, that't what fans want more than anything else. If the guys were out there like it was an exhibition, I don't think you would have felt that tension...
If everything in its infancy were as good as the Laver Cup, everything would develop really, really well." Also read: Joao Sousa: Winning Estoril best week of my life