Laver Cup: Tennis Galacticos to entertain the world

The inaugural Laver Cup is a Tennis buff's wildest dream. It brings together the game's greatest and pits them against one another as Team Europe and Team World.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will headline Team Europe and could play a doubles match.   -  Getty Images

The inaugural Laver Cup is a Tennis buff's wildest dream. It brings together the game's greatest and pits them against one another. The Tennis Galacticos will be divided into two groups -- Team Europe and Team World --  and the first team to reach 13 points takes the cake.

TEAM EUROPETEAM WORLD
Captain: Bjorn BorgCaptain: John McEnroe
Vice-Captain: Thomas EnqvistVice-Captain: Patrick McEnroe
[1] Rafael Nadal[16]Sam Querrey
[2] Roger Federer[17] John Isner
[4] Alexander Zverev[20] Nick Kyrgios
[5] Marin Cilic[21] Jack Sock
[7] Dominic Thiem[24] Juan Martin del Potro
[19] Tomas Berdych[51] Denis Shapovalov

 

The Laver Cup, based on the same lines as Golf's Ryder Cup and conceived at Federer’s behest, will see the two teams play each other in a format mixing singles and doubles over three days. The inaugural Laver Cup will be held at the O2 Arena in Prague, starting Friday.

The event will take place annually except in years in which there is a Summer Olympics. Teams comprise the four top-ranked players plus two captain’s picks.

How it works: There will be three singles and one doubles match per day with at least four players from each team required to play doubles.  A win on Friday gives the team 1 point, on Saturday 2 points and 3 points on Sunday.

Federer: "“I see this as a no-brainer for players, wanting to be a part of it. Why not spend an interesting, cool, fun weekend with all of the best players in the world, with those kind of captains?”   -  Getty Images

 

As stated earlier, the first team to 13 points wins the Laver Cup. However, should the points be tied after 12 matches, one doubles set will decide the winner.

Breaking the monotony?

In a press conference last year Federer was asked about the already-taxing tennis schedule and any anticipated difficulty attracting players to participate in the Laver Cup. Federer shrugged it off — and judging by the loaded roster, rightfully so.

“I see this as a no-brainer for players, wanting to be a part of it. Why not spend an interesting, cool, fun weekend with all of the best players in the world, with those kind of captains?”

The Laver Cup is a win-win for all parties involved. It gives fans entertainment and brings to life their dream matchups while it allows the players to team up with their colleagues whom they would normally consider rivals.