LAVER CUP Media Release, September 14, 2017
More than a billion fans around the world are expected to tune in to watch the Laver Cup, the newest event in world tennis, to see if Europe’s old guard, which includes two of the greatest players of all time, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, can stave off a challenge from the sports’ rising stars.
Broadcasters from more than 200 territories worldwide have signed up to deliver more than 25 hours of live coverage from the Laver Cup, reaching more than 900 million households when it hits the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 22-24.
Nadal and Federer, now ranked world No.1 and 2 respectively, have swept the pool of Grand Slam titles in 2017, with Nadal hoisting the US Open trophy for the third time at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.
Now Nadal and Federer will put their epic rivalry on hold to join forces for the first time to uphold the proud tradition of European tennis, alongside their compatriots Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych, as they represent Team Europe.
The Americans lead Team World, with Sam Querrey, John Isner and Jack Sock teaming up with Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro and Denis Shapavalov, all of whom will be itching to make their mark and bring in a new world order to tennis.
Where to watch the Laver Cup:
- Czech TV in the host country
- TVE in Spain
- Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland
- Sky Deutschland into Germany, Switzerland and Austria
- TV24 in Switzerland
- beIN Sports in France and Turkey
- SuperTennis in Italy
- Ziggo Sport in the Netherlands
- Sportklub in Croatia and Serbia among several territories
- Eleven Sports in Belgium and Luxembourg.
In addition, Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport will transmit a one-hour highlights program in primetime on Monday 26 September.
In the Americas, Tennis Channel will air the Laver Cup across the US, TVA in Canada andESPN in more than 40 territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands
ESPN will air the tournament in Rod Laver’s home country of Australia, as well as New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Elsewhere in Asia, Fox Sports will show it on a pan-regional basis, with national broadcaster CCTV and leading online portal IQIYI doing so in China. Across India and the subcontinent, the tournament will be shown by Dsport.
Middle East and Africa
Broadcast powerhouse beIN Sports will take the event to the Middle East and North Africa. Whilst premier sports network SuperSport will broadcast into 54 territories throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
“The response from broadcasters worldwide has been fantastic. It is exciting to have so many premium networks sign up and show their support for a new innovative tennis competition” Laver Cup Managing Director Steve Zacks said.
The Laver Cup coverage will be produced by Tennis Australia’s experienced host broadcast team which has delivered the Australian Open, Brisbane International, Hopman Cup, Sydney International, World Tennis Challenge and Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties for international broadcast since 2015.
A team of leading international commentators, including Britain’s Mark Petchey, Jason Goodall and Samantha Smith, Austria’s Barbara Schett, South Africa’s Robbie Koenig and Australia’s Todd Woodbridge will bring all the Laver Cup color and excitement from Prague to fans around the world.
Laver Cup Teams
|Team Europe||Team World|
|Björn Borg – Captain||John McEnroe – Captain|
| Rafael Nadal|| Sam Querrey|
| Roger Federer|| John Isner|
| Alexander Zverev|| Nick Kyrgios|
| Marin Cilic|| Jack Sock|
| Dominic Thiem|| Juan Martin del Potro|
| Tomas Berdych|| Denis Shapovalov|
Rankings as at September 11, 2017