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Laver Cup – Tennis’ Answer to the Ryder Cup

Birdseye view of Boston and Fenway Park on a sunny day

Everything has to start somewhere and The Laver Cup kicked off in 2017 in grand fashion. While some events take time to grow and few meet the often high expectations the inaugural Laver Cup got off to a dream start. Officially sanctioned as an ATP Tour event in 2019, the tournament itself is named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver (nickname Rocket), hailed as the greatest player of the twentieth century. Pulled together with a vision from Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, Federer made it clear that the tournament was not called the Laver Cup to only celebrate Rod Laver but all the players of Laver’s generation who made tennis what it is today.

Held annually, the Laver Cup is an indoor hard court men’s tennis tournament between two rival teams: Team Europe and Team World. Dubbed tennis’ answer to the Ryder Cup, the Laver Cup normally takes place 2 weeks after the US Open with the venue alternating each year. The opening tournament in 2017 played host to some gruelling battles, which saw the cup nearly land in Team World’s hands at the last minute as Federer and Kyrgios’ super tiebreak laid the foundations for a brilliant future for this tense and exciting tournament.

Team Europe have started strong and boast a 3-0 lead with tennis legends Björn Borg captaining Team Europe and John McEnroe captaining Team World for the first 3 tournaments.

Each team has 6 players, and 3 of them qualify based on their ATP singles ranking and the other 3 are captain’s picks which are announced by the start of the US Open. The event is played over 3 days and each day, 4 matches are played—3 singles matches and a doubles match.

  • Both singles and doubles are best of 3 sets. In the event of split sets, the third set is a match tiebreaker of 10 points.
  • Each player must play at least one singles match during the first 2 days and no player can play singles more than twice during the tournament.
  • A minimum of 4 of the 6 players must play doubles.
  • The winning team must accumulate 13 points. If there is a tie after all 12 matches are played, a final overtime doubles match is to be played. The Decider! It’s played as a regular set with ad scoring and a tiebreak.
  • Each match won = 1 point on Friday, 2 points on Saturday, and 3 points on Sunday. First to 13 points wins!

With anticipation growing every year with a new and exciting tournament for tennis fans’ calendars, the next two tournaments are definitely something to look forward to! Boston, one of the world’s great sporting cities, will play host to the 4th edition of the Laver Cup from September 24th – 26th, 2021, and Mac Sports Travel can take you there! For the 2022 event, it will be held in the O2 Arena in London from the 23-25th of September. Keep an eye on Mac Sports Travel for tickets and accommodation to that spectacular U.K. based event—we love London as a sporting destination!

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