Tennis: Team World eyes first Laver Cup win
After two failed attempts in 2017 and 2018 Team World is gearing up for a win at the Laver Cup this year.
Geneva, Switzerland play host to this year’s edition in the event that has seen Team Europe triumph in the last two editions.
Earlier in the week, South African, Kevin Anderson withdrew from the event due to a right knee injury that’s sidelined him since Wimbledon, the Team World captain—ATP legend John McEnroe—announced Americans Taylor Fritz and Jack Sock to a packed team that already included John Isner and Milos Raonic, both former Top 10 players; and Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov, both former Top 20 players.
“Jack has been our MVP for the past two years and I’m delighted he’ll be joining us in Geneva this year,”
McEnroe said of Sock, a former No. 8 in singles who’s been as high as No. 2 in doubles with three Grand Slam titles to his name in the team discipline.
“We’ve got to be strategic, Team Europe is going to be tough to beat. For us, doubles has been very important over the past couple of years. We’ve won the great majority of our doubles matches and obviously Jack was a big part of that.”
“I’ve always said that the Laver Cup is my favorite week of the year, and how much it means to me to get around the team and play for something bigger than just myself,” the Australian told ATPTour.com. “At the Laver Cup it’s not just about me, it’s about doing everything I can to help the other guys feel comfortable, prepare for their matches and even give them some energy from the side of the court.
“We’ve had some heartbreaking losses over the past couple of years and it means the world to me to have the chance to get out there again with the team and try to get the win for Team World.”
Shapovalov has played Laver Cup once before, falling to Alexander Zverev in a singles match in Prague in 2017, while Raonic and Fritz will be playing the team competition for the first time.
Raonic was going to play the event in 2017 but had to withdraw due to a left wrist injury.