The excitement rises are we’re just 2 days and 18 hours away from a brand-new tournament with a format like never seen before!
The tournament is named and played in honor and legacy of Australian tennis legend, Rod Laver, widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of the 20th century. He holds many all-time records, including 200 singles titles, winning all four Grand Slams in a single calendar year twice (’62 and ’69) and winning the Davis Cup five times when it deemed as significant as the Grand Slams.
It’s just great honor that my name is going to be on this, Laver said in an interview last year. I think all the European players now, they seem to be in the driver’s seat, but I think it will be fair competition, and I think it will be very competitive. It’s a unique concept in tennis.
So it’s no wonder the tournament will bring together only the best of the best, dividing them in Team Europe and Team World. Picked by Laver himself, “Fire and Ice”, legendary John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, will revive their epic and one of the most famous rivalries in sport by leading the competing teams – Team Europe and Team World, respectively. It’s going to be thrilling to see them acting as masterminds behind this unique competition format. And neither of them is here to cheer on exhibition matches, they are here to win. Like Federer said himself: "Bjorn Borg definitely wants to win and I know John McEnroe does not want to lose".
Team Europe against the World
Each team consists of six players, four of which must earn their spot through ATP singles tournaments and rankings (based on the availability, of course), and two get picked by each captain.
This year, the world No. 1, Rafael Nadal, lines up shoulder to shoulder with his long-term on-court rival, Roger Federer , competing together for the Team Europe, which is one of the most exciting things to witness this weekend. Right beside them will be Marin Cilic  and Dominic Thiem , and captain’s picks are Tomas Berdych  and Alexander Zverev .
As for the Team World, it consists of top four qualifiers, Nick Kyrgios , Jack Sock , John Isner  and Sam Querry . Captain’s picks are Juan Martin Del Potro  and Denis Shapovalov .
It may seem that Team Europe has an advantage considering that top 5 ATP players are in it, but both captains said that anything can happen.
I think this is going to be a lot more competitive than it may appear at the moment, said McEnroe.
How does it work?
Laver Cup is a three-day tennis tournament and the matches will be played between 22nd and 24th September in the O2 Arena in Prague (CZ).
There will be four matches played each day – three singles and a doubles match. The matches will the best of three sets with AD scoring. In case of split sets, the third set will be a 10-point tiebreak.
The captains will select players for each match. Each player must play at least one singles match, but no more than two. Each team must have a unique pair for each of the doubles matches. Certainly, the doubles team that is expected with most excitement is Rafa-Federer duo, and both men are looking forward to teaming up themselves.
I've seen his wicked forehand go past me too often! Now I get a chance to actually support his forehand, his aggressive play, his everything, his fighting spirit, noted Federer.
Team captains, Borg and McEnroe, will submit their lineup cards for Friday’s matches on Thursday in a blind exchange with the referee. As for the second and third day, the captain of one team will submit blind for the opposing captain to review before he selects his players. Borg will choose a day for the home advantage and submit his lineup after reviewing McEnroe’s.
Day 1 matches are worth one point, Day 2 matches two points, and matches played on the 3rd and final day on Sunday are worth three points. The first team to reach 13 points will become the champion of the first ever Laver Cup. In case the score is tied in the end, an exciting one-set doubles decider with a tiebraker at 6-6 will determine the ultimate champion. And guess what? Any doubles combination can play!
Bjorg and McEnroe will serve as captains for the first three editions of the Laver Cup, the tournament will be held annually, except the Summer Olympic years, it will take place two weeks after the US Open, with location rotating each time.
2017 Laver Cup Schedule
Friday, September 22, 2017
12.45pm pre-match entertainment
1pm Match 1 (singles) f/b Match 2 (singles)
7pm Match 3 (singles) f/b Match 4 (doubles)
Saturday, September 23, 2017
1pm Match 5 (singles) f/b Match 6 (singles)
7pm Match 7 (singles) f/b Match 8 (doubles)
Sunday, September 24, 2017
11.45am pre-match entertainment
12pm Match 9 f/b Match 10 f/b Match 11 f/b Match 12 f/b Decider if points are even (doubles)