The 2021 Laver Cup matches begin today in Boston.
The fourth edition of this event is back after a postponement last year due to covid.
But the 2021 eversion does look a little different to the first three.
Masks and vaccine proof are required for entry in Boston with reduced attendances, with reports there are still plenty of tickets available.
The absence of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic lessen the popularity of the event as well.
How It Works
Team Europe and Team World each field six man rosters captained by legends of the game.
Team Europe is led by Bjorn Borg and Team World by John McEnroe. Players either qualify by ranking or gain a spot through being a captain’s pick.
There are four matches each day, three singles and one doubles match.
Played over three days, each day’s matches increase in point value.
In order to guarantee that Sunday’s no team wins the cup before Sunday, a full 50 per cent of the points are awarded on Sunday.
A team must win 13 of 24 total points to claim the Laver Cup.
- Day 1 – 4 matches x 1 point = 4 points. 16.5 per cent of total points available
- Day 2 – 4 matches x 2 points – 8 points. 33.5 per cent of total points available
- Day 3 – 4 matches x 3 points = 12 points. 50 per cent of total points available
If Team Europe and Team World are tied at 12-12, a one-set doubles match is played to determine the winning team.
Casper Ruud (Team Europe) v Reilly Opelka (Team World)
Matteo Berrettini (Team Europe) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (Team World)
Andrey Rublev (Team Europe) v Diego Schwartzman (Team World)
Alexander Zverev/Matteo Berrettini v John Isner/Denis Shapovalov