The Laver Cup is set to begin this week, after the completion of the US Open. The indoor hard-court tournament between Team Europe(made of European countries) and Team World (all countries except European nations) has been an integral and official ATP tournament since its conception in May 2019. The tournament is known for its intense yet friendly rivalry between top-ranked players, all of whom get a participation fee based on their rankings plus a $250,000 in cash prize.
The Laver Cup is known for implementing strategies that were initially banned by the ATP but have since caught on in the tennis circuit. One example is receiving court side coaching during the match. In 2022, the official tennis body reversed its stance on on-court coaching, akin to the Laver Cup. Top players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios have all participated in the cross-Atlantic tournament.
What is the lineups for the Laver Cup 2023?
The 2023 Laver Cup follows the general trope of hosting matches in cities that do not have an official professional ATP tournament.
This year’s tournament comes with none of the glamour of the previous tournaments. Several top-ten players are out of the fold, with young, upcoming players making up most of the contingent.
Players like Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner have all dropped out of the tournament leaving only two top-ten players in the list for Team Europe. Team World, meanwhile, is made up of four Americans and a Canadian, along with an Argentinian. Australian Alex De Minaur withdrew from the event.
It is to be noted that Stefanos Tsitsipas and Holger Rune have since dropped out of the tournament with Frenchman Arthur Fils filling in for the Greek world no.5.
What is the schedule for the Laver Cup 2023?
The Laver Cup begins on Friday, September 23 and is set to end on Sunday, September 25.
Each day consists of three singles matches and one doubles match. Each of the three days’ matches are set to begin at 1 AM IST. 2 matches are set to take place in the day session and the other two, in the night session( begins at 7AM IST).
Team Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and Team World will be captained by John McEnroe.
Where is Laver Cup 2023 taking place?
Laver Cup is moving to Canada for the first time ever. Vancouver will host the sixth edition of the Laver Cup from September 22-24 at the Rogers Arena. The Rogers Arena is a multi-purpose indoor stadium that has hosted hockey, tennis and WWE tournaments earlier.
Vancouver does not host any official ATP tournament, making it an ideal city to entertain the Team Europe and Team World players.
What is the format of the Laver Cup 2023?
The Laver Cup is set to played over the course of three gruelling days, from 22-24 September, across five sessions.
The event follows an incremental point system, which means that matches on Friday are worth one point, those on Saturday are worth two points and a make-or-break Sunday’s matches will be played for three points.
The first team to reach 13 points(out of a possible 24) will be crowned Laver Cup champions. The defending champions are Team World, after they overcame a Stefanos Tsitsipas-inspired Team Europe 13-8.
How to watch Laver Cup 2023?
Viewers from different countries can watch the Laver Cup 2023 in the following streaming platforms:
USA: Tennis Channel
Europe (Excluding France): Eurosport
Canada: TVA Sports
Australia: Stan Sport
New Zealand: Sky NZ
France: beIN Sports
Argentina: ESPN International
Caribbean: ESPN International
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