A handful of the greatest players in tennis history teamed up in New York on Wednesday to announce a new team competition called the “Laver Cup.”
In attendance were the event’s namesake Rod Laver and team coaches Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, along with current legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
60 Grand Slam titles, one stage.
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Federer had been tied to the event since the initial announcements in January, with Nadal added recently. The duo announced they will play doubles together under the Ryder Cup-esque format for Team Europe, coached by Borg, against Team World, coached by McEnroe.
With that format, the teams of six could hypothetically include:
Europe: Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga/Gael Monfils/Tomas Berdych/etc
World: Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Bob and Mike Bryan
(Needless to say, Team Europe would be the favorite even with modest participation.)
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Federer’s presence and comments at the event reinforced that he has no plans to retire despite turning 35 earlier this month and ending an injury-plagued season after Wimbledon to properly and fully rehab from knee surgery.
The inaugural Laver Cup will be held September 22-24, 2017 in Prague, and will be held every year except for those with the Summer Olympics.