PRAGUE, February 24, 2017 (Laver Cup Media Release)
The inaugural Laver Cup, a new international three-day men’s team tennis competition, has sold out, easily setting a new standard for ticket sales at the O2 arena in the debut host city of Prague.
The demand for tickets was almost four times higher than that of the biggest event previously staged at the O2 arena, the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships in 2015.
Tickets were sold across 45 countries and as far afield as Australia, Canada, United States, South Africa, Philippines, New Zealand and Japan, along with many European nations for the competition, which is set for September 22-24, 2017.
“Selling out three days of competition in a matter of hours is hugely exciting. This incredible demand exceeds our hopes and confirms the unique appeal of the Laver Cup. Watching the greatest players in the world compete as committed teammates is a tennis fan’s dream, and now it is finally happening. We are only sorry we have to turn so many dedicated fans away,” Laver Cup Managing Director Steve Zacks said today.
“Our records show we are expecting fans from more than 45 countries to descend on Prague in September. This is testament to the star power of all-time great players likeRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and this event will truly be an international celebration of the great sport of tennis,” Zacks added. “Our partners in Prague are thrilled by the economic benefits this will bring to their beautiful city in September.”
“I think the Laver Cup is one of the most exciting events in a long, long time in tennis, and I believe it will become an enduring tradition that players dream about becoming a part of,” 18-time Grand Slam champion and reigning Australian Open Champion Roger Federer said.
“I can hardly wait. We will have extraordinary matches with very intense competition and a great atmosphere. Now that the stadium has sold out, I am sure the environment inside will be unbelievably electric,” Federer continued.
The Laver Cup hit the headlines around the world on Monday, as Federer and home-grown hero Tomas Berdych launched the tournament countdown and ticket sales with a tennis match on a boat sailing past the iconic Charles Bridge and by greeting thousands of fans in the historic Old Town Square.