Laver Cup in Boston – Federer’s baby measures itself against its big brother
– Federer’s baby measures itself against its big brother
The fourth comparison between Europe and the rest of the world increases at the same time as its great role model, the Ryder Cup for golfers.
John McEnroe has never been a quiet man. And so it is a good thing that, as captain of the “Rest of the World” team, he tries to heat up the Laver Cup as much as possible and give it meaning. It goes without saying that he doesn’t do this completely for free: As a delicate plant in the harsh tennis world, the comparison that has only taken place for the fourth time is that of Roger Federer and his business partner Tony Godsick were concocted with high ambitionsneed any help. And there is no shortage of powerful donors, especially from Switzerland, which provides two of the three most important sponsors. In addition, the billionaire friend of Federer stands Jorge Paulo Lemann behind the Laver Cup.
After Prague 2017, Chicago 2018 and Geneva 2019, the fourth event, which was postponed last year due to the pandemic, will take place from Friday to Sunday in the TD Garden in Boston. The constellation is more challenging than ever before: For the first time, Roger Federer is missing, and also neither Rafael Nadal nor Novak Djokovic are at the start. Nevertheless, all members of Björn Borg’s team are in the top 10 – and are thus all better classified than the number 1 of McEnroe’s team, which has lost all three events so far: US Open winner Daniil Medvedev, Paris finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas, Olympic champions Alexander Zverev, Andrei Rublew, Matteo Berrettini and the Norwegian Casper Ruud, who has now moved up to 10th place.
McEnroe is hoping for the audience
He can hardly wait for the Laver Cup, says 62-year-old McEnroe, for whom Rod Laver was an idol even in his youth. The 83-year-old Australian who won the Grand Slam twice, is back this year and visibly proud of the competition, which is now being held for the first time at exactly the same time as its great role model: the Ryder Cup for golfers, whose duel is limited to the best players in the USA and Europe and its 43rd edition on Friday begins in Kohler, Wisconsin. It outshines the Laver Cup in terms of importance, fame and tradition by miles.
“We were already very close to victory, and my plan is to make it across the finish line this time with the adrenaline rush of the crowd,” says McEnroe. His top-ranked players are the Canadians Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman and the two Americans Reilly Opelka and John Isner, all classified between ranks 11 and 22. In addition, there is the Australian Nick Kyrgios (ATP 95), whom McEnroe brought into the team by wildcard. There are three singles and one doubles each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with victories yielding more points every day. Eurosport will broadcast live this year.