Galaxy of stars for Europe v Rest of World clash in Chicago
The Laver Cup has reinforced Team Europe with the addition of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin named for Laver Cup side headed by Roger Federer.
The international competition pitting Europe v Rest of the World will hold it’s second edition in Chicago on September 21-23 as the event tests the waters in one of the larger American metropolis centres which has not hosted tennis in decades.
Also already on board for the Europeans: 13-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon winner.
Captain Björn Borg has a limit of five men for his side, which will take on the opposition headed by volatile John McEnroe.
Taking to the court for the World team of Mac the Mouth will be No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro, South Africa’s Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson, American No. 1 John Isner, Argentine Diego Schwartzman and hot-headed Aussie talent Nick Kyrgios.
Team Europe Captain Borg is delighted with the addition of this trio of top players and is convinced he has the line-up to win in Chicago.
Borg is convinced he’s on to another winner with his lineup for the holders: “I’m delighted to welcome Sascha, Grigor and David (Goffin) to Team Europe. All three players have incredible games and I’ve admired them as players for a long time,” Borg said.
“Having them join Roger and Novak gives us a strong team with lots of options, combinations and flexibility. These players are all tough competitors, great fighters and have tremendous spirit.”
” Team Europe is shaping up nicely and I’m expecting an exciting competition.”
Zverev holds three Masters 1000 titles at age 21, and got as far as the quarter-finals last week in Toronto. he is in the mix this week at Cincinnati in another Masters bid.
“I enjoyed being part of the Laver Cup in Prague last year and I am looking forward to joining the team again, this time in Chicago, to defend our title with some great teammates,” Zverev said.
Dimitrov won the London year-end ATP Finals in November while Goffin will be making his Laver Cup debut.
The three-day tournament pits a pair of six-man sides in singles and doubles with coaching allowed in the Davis Cup style at an evet which travels around the world for each edition.
Each match win is worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday and three points on Sunday; the first team to reach 13 points wins the Laver Cup.
The city of Chicago will host the second edition of the Laver Cup, at the world famous United Center.
The inaugural event in Prague thrilled tennis fans around the world and Team Europe has enjoyed incredible home support.
Team World will have the home court advantage come September 2018 and will count on the energy of the passionate Chicago sports fans.
The United Center is one of the largest arenas in the USA with a capacity of 23,500.
For tickets, go to: https://lavercup.com/tickets