Laver Cup 2021 Tournament Preview
With the fourth edition of the Laver Cup upon us, Tennishead looks at how the Europe vs World showdown is shaping up in Boston.
The event is being hosted in the US for a second time in its history, coming to Boston, Massachusetts after the 2020 edition was postponed due to the pandemic.
Come with us for a preview of what the Laver Cup has in store this year. When is it held, who features in each team, how does the event work, and what match-ups might take place on the court?
The fourth holding of the exhibition tournament will take place from 24-26 September in Boston, USA. The tournament will be broadcast on Eurosport and, for UK viewers, on ITV.
Where is the event held?
The 2021 Laver Cup is being held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on indoor hard courts.
The tournament is an exhibition event and thus does not carry any ATP tour ranking points.
The event is made up of two teams: Team Europe and Team World. Each team has six players.
Competition consists of up to nine singles matches and three doubles matches split across three days. On day one, three singles matches will be followed by a doubles match, with each tie worth a single point.
On day two, the same format repeats, this time with each match earning the winner two points. Finally, on day three, a doubles match is followed by up to three singles matches to determine the final score.
24 points are up for grabs, and whichever team reaches 13 points first wins the event, with no further rounds taking place. Should the score be 12-12 after the final singles rubber, a fifth match of the day will decide the tournament.
No single competitor can play singles more than twice across the three days, and a minimum of four of the six players must play doubles. Hence, all 12 players must be involved in at least one rubber.
Below is a table outlining the players taking part in each team, alongside their ATP ranking going into the event.
On paper, Team Europe has the distinct advantage, with all six members of the team currently ranked within the world’s top-10. By contrast, the highest ranked player for Team World is ranked lower than the lowest ranked player for Team Europe.
Team Europe can count a Slam title, three ATP Finals crowns and 10 Masters 1000 trophies between them. Meanwhile, only John Isner has a Masters 1000 title among the competitors for Team World.
Team Europe have won all three iterations of the event so far, but two of them came down to the final singles rubber.
Team World will be looking to end that run and pull off the upset against the firepower of Team Europe.
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
For information on purchasing tickets to this year’s event, click here.
How can I follow the tournament?
With match selection left completely to each team, any combination of matches could take place in Boston.
Felix Auger-Aliassime could seek revenge for his dismantling at the hands of US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the Russian’s Slam run.
Nick Kyrgios and Casper Ruud could squash their online beef on the Boston courts should they face off on-court.
And the line-ups only diverge from there with respect to possible doubles pairings!
The fourth edition of the event will no doubt provide ample entertainment for live crowds and fans watching at home alike in this celebration of tennis.
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