Laver Cup To Start On Friday

Laver Cup (photo: Ben Solomon/Laver Cup)

LAVER CUP, September 19, 2017

The inaugural Laver Cup will push the boundaries of tennis as we know it when the world’s best male players take to the court at the O₂ arena in Prague, Czech Republic from September 22-24, 2017.

The brand new three-day tournament features a unique format that will bring some of the sport’s fiercest rivals together in a team environment unlike anything seen before in world tennis.

Team Europe’s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s rivalry is legendary, but at the Laver Cup they will cheer each other on from the sidelines and could pair up for what promises to be the most eagerly anticipated doubles match in tennis history.

Team World’s Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios already share an off-court friendship, with Kyrgios recently joining close mate Sock at his home in Kansas. This entertaining duo can’t wait to train together, support each other’s on-court battles from the player bench and potentially team up as an explosive doubles combination.

Strategy and tactics from the team captains could also be a key to victory in the Laver Cup, with a unique lineup card exchange and scoring system:
  • On Thursday, captains Björn Borg and John McEnroe will submit their lineup cards for Friday’s matches to the referee in a blind exchange, with match-ups revealed at a special on-court ceremony
  • For days two and three, one captain will submit his card blind for the opposing captain to review before selecting his players
  • Team Europe captain Borg will choose which day to seize the home advantage and submit his playing lineup after reviewing Team World’s selection
  • Each match on Friday is worth one point, two points per match are up for grabs on Saturday, and three points for each match on the crucial deciding Sunday
  • The first team to reach 13 points will win the inaugural Laver Cup, with a thrilling doubles decider played if the scores are tied at 12-all

“This is a unique scoring format that is totally new to tennis and will be exciting for both the players and fans,” Laver Cup Managing Director Steve Zacks explained.

“I know every player is keen to be part of history and have their name engraved on the spectacular Laver Cup.”

Laver Cup Teams 

Team Europe Team World
Björn Borg – Captain John McEnroe – Captain
Thomas Enqvist – Vice Captain Patrick McEnroe – Vice Captain
[1] Rafael Nadal [16] Sam Querrey
[2] Roger Federer [17] John Isner
[4] Alexander Zverev    [20] Nick Kyrgios
[5] Marin Cilic [21] Jack Sock
[7] Dominic Thiem [24] Juan Martin del Potro
[19] Tomas Berdych  [51] Denis Shapovalov

Rankings as at September 18, 2017   

Playing format

  • Each team will comprise six players and be led by a team captain
  • The competition will be played over three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • There will be five sessions, two on Friday and Saturday, and one on Sunday
  • Four matches will be played daily, three singles and one doubles
  • Both singles and doubles will be best-of-three sets with ad scoring, with the third set decided by a 10-point tiebreak in the event of split sets
  • In the event of a tie after all 12 matches have been completed, a final overtime doubles match will be played as a regular set with ad scoring and a tiebreak
  • Each player will play at least one singles match during the first two days
  • No player will play singles more than twice during the three days
  • At least four of the six players must play doubles
  • Match-ups will be determined prior to each day of play through the exchange of lineup cards by the captains
  • Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday and three points on Sunday.