Tennis Roger, Rafa and Other Top Players Play at First Annual Laver Cup by Ricardo Goodridge September 22, 2017 Top players are taking a weekend out of their schedule to play at the Laver Cup in Prague. The Laver Cup named after Hall of Fame Australian Rod Laver, is a team exhibition, that pits players from Europe against other countries in the world (mostly the United States this year). Team Europe is coached by tennis great Bjorn Borg and Team World is coached by Hall of Famer John McEnroe. Upon looking at the roster of the two teams, most tennis fans might take notice to how lopsided one team looks on paper. On Team Europe are: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Tomas Berdych. On Team World is Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Francis Tiafoe (in for the injured Juan Martin Del Potro) and Denis Shapovalov. Though players on team world like Kyrgios, Shapovalov have defeated the big names (Roger and Rafa) there is no denying that Team Europe are the heavy favorites. Five of the six players are in the top eight, with four of those players being in the top five rankings of the world (Berdych was a top ten player for years as well). So, suffice to say Team Europe’s confidence is through the roof. To ensure the exhibition isn’t too strenuous for the players, the rules and format are unique. Here are the details: The first team to reach 13 points wins the tournament. There are 3 singles and 1 doubles match per day 1 point for wins on Friday: 2 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday If tied after 12 matches, 1 doubles set to decide No one can play 3 singles matches There are other unique elements the Laver Cup has adopted. Matchups are determined blindly with coaches having no knowledge of who will play each other. The coaches do get to pick players in what is known as the “captain’s pick” match. So, there is still an element of strategy, especially since players can only play twice. The Laver Cup also adopted the super tiebreaker in the final set of a match. It should be an exciting weekend of tennis with tennis elites and next generation players taking center stage. Though fans love to see epic battles between Roger and Rafa, it will be very interesting to see them play on the same team and possibly play doubles together. Roger, who was instrumental in the process of the Laver Cup, said in an interview “Rafa and I have faced each other across the net countless times … it will be exciting to see what we can accomplish together.” Most will be praying Coach Borg makes that decision. The Laver Cup airs on the Tennis Channel from September 22 to September 24. Team Europe has a 2-0 lead with Marin Cilic defeating Francis Tiafoe in straight sets and Dominic Thiem coming from a set down to defeat John Isner. Post Views: 1,423 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Ricardo Goodridge Ricardo is the lead Tennis Analyst here at DoubleGSports.com Latest posts by Ricardo Goodridge (see all) What we learned from the 2018 U.S. Open - September 11, 2018 Three Things to Look for at the 2018 U.S. Open - August 27, 2018 Empire Win Final Match of the Season - August 3, 2018 Empire Continues Losing Streak Against Breakers - July 27, 2018 Related TopicsDominic ThiemLaver Cuprafael nadalroger federerTennis Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 A Conversation with Nancy Newman: “We Are All a Yankee Family” by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on July 27, 2020 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 From Paramus High School to CBS Sports, Spero Dedes is making waves in sports broadcasting by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on October 27, 2020 More in Tennis Novak Djokovic Wins his 18th Grand Slam Title at Australian Open Novak Djokovic won the 2021 Australian Open Men’s Final over Daniil Medvedev. The victory... Covid-19 Causes Issues at Australian Open This year, the Australian Open started three weeks later than it usually does because... You Know I’m Right, Episode 82: NBC’s Mary Carillo (Audio/Video) On the 82nd episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Who is The Greatest Athlete: Serena Williams or Tom Brady? Is Serena Williams or Tom Brady The Best Athlete?: There is a debate about... US Open: Rafa and Sloane Prove Defense Wins Championships Will Americans Continue their Success in 2018?