Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime and Argentine dynamo Diego Schwartzman will provide the firepower for the World side at September’s Laver Cup.

The international Europe v World event will be staged in Boston September 24-26 on a team coached by John McEnroe. Rival Bjorn Borg’s Europe has named Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini in an early announcement.

The 10th-ranked Shapo is a veteran of Laver competitions, with appearances at the inaugural event in Prague 2017 and more recently in Geneva two years ago.

“I’m so excited to be back with Team World for another Laver Cup,” the 22-year-old said in a statement.

“I have great memories from both Prague and Geneva; it was a lot of fun being on the team with guys that I’m normally facing across the net and of course having McEnroe as our team leader – it’s such an honor. 

“It’s definitely going to be a tough challenge for us, but I really believe if we all work together and play our best tennis we have a great chance.”

Auger-Aliassime ranked 15th at age 20, is the youngest player in the ranking Top 20, losing to Berrettini in this month’s Wimbledon quarters.

“I feel so privileged to be representing Team World for the Laver Cup this year,” FAA said. “To be able to play in front of a full house at somewhere like TD Garden will be just incredible. 

“I’m also so excited to have a legend like John McEnroe in my corner – I’m sure I will learn a lot!”

 The 13th-ranked Schwartzman will make a return to the World side after Chicago, 2018. 

“I can only imagine, after the year we’ve all had, what the atmosphere will be like in front of a full capacity home crowd – it’s going to be incredible.”

Mac’s team has never won in three previous Laver editions: “We came so close to winning in Geneva, it hurt. It is a loss that we will remember for a long time,” he said.

“We know it is not going to be easy to beat Team Europe, but I like our chances.  Bjorn and his team better be ready!”


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