Since its first edition in 2017, the Laver Cup has become a fan and player favorite. However, the competition has received more attention than ever this year since the winner of 20 Grand Slams, Roger Federer, indicated that it will be his final competitive tournament before retiring from a sport in which he has been a dominant force for over 20 years.
It is fitting that Federer’s farewell match would take place in the Laver Cup, a competition created by the Swiss legend who was inspired to design a tournament based on the format of golf’s Ryder Cup.
A team of six from Europe will compete against a team of six from the rest of the world, with Swedish great Bjorn Borg captaining Team Europe and American legend John McEnroe captaining Team World.
Team Europe has never been defeated in the Laver Cup, having won the first four editions, including a convincing 14-1 triumph in the last competition in Boston in 2021.
Will a Federer-inspired Team Europe win five consecutive matches in London? Can Team World spoil the Swiss great’s final outing? Learn everything you need to know about the competition in the sections below.When and
The Laver Cup 2022 will be held at London’s O2 Arena, an indoor stadium built beneath the renowned Millennium Dome. The venue is hosting the Laver Cup for the first time, with prior editions held in Prague, Chicago, Geneva, and Boston.
The action begins on Friday, September 23 and concludes two days later, on September 25. All matches will be played on a pitch-black court, heightening the intensity of an already exciting event.
Each day will feature both singles and doubles matches, with two four-game sessions on days 1 and 2 and a single four-game session on Sunday.
To win, a team must accumulate 13 points, one point for each victory on the first day, two points for each on the second day, and three points for each on the third.
If a team only wins one match on the last day of competition to gain 13 points, the other scheduled matches will be replaced with an exhibition match following the trophy ceremony.
If the competition is still deadlocked after 12 matches, the victor will be decided by a last overtime doubles match.
Team Europe’s lineup reads like a who’s who of modern tennis, including Federer (41), Rafael Nadal (36), Novak Djokovic (35) and Andy Murray (35), as well as rising players Casper Ruud (23) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (35). (24).
Federer, who will retire with two Olympic medals, including doubles gold from Beijing 2008, will only compete in doubles, but the possibility of his final game taking place with longtime adversary Nadal is tantalizing.
“I’m shocked how good I’m playing here in practice,” he told the Swiss press on Tuesday. “However, I had already decided that I would just play doubles, most likely on Friday evening.”
Nadal, for his part, owns the record for most Grand Slam victories in history, with 22, two more than Federer. His sole Olympic gold medal came in 2008, when he won singles gold in Beijing. The Spaniard is presently ranked third in the ATP world rankings, having previously held the top spot for 209 weeks.
Serbia’s Djokovic, who holds the record for the most weeks as world No. 1, is the final of the Big Three to compete in this year’s Laver Cup (373 weeks). Djokovic has won 21 Grand Slams in his career and is now ranked seventh in the world.
Team Europe’s other members are no slouches, either, with Britain’s twice Olympic gold medalist Murray joining Norway’s World No. 2 Ruud and Greece’s World No. 6 Tsitsipas.
But all eyes will be on Federer, who retires as an all-time great after an extraordinary career that has gained him fans from all over the world.
While Team World may appear to be the underdogs on paper, they do have some of the most interesting players on the tour today. Taylor Fritz of the United States is the team’s highest-ranked player, having had a successful year that included a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon. Could he make another splash when he returns to London?
Félix Auger-Aliassime of Canada is another young star with plenty of talent, having reached the semi-finals of the US Open in 2021, as well as the quarter-finals of both Wimbledon in 2021 and this year’s Australian Open.
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman is rated 19th in the world, while Frances Tiafoe – a replacement for compatriot John Isner – reached the US Open semi-finals this year and, at 24, is still on the rise.
Australia’s Alex de Minaur, 23, is rated 22nd in the world, while the United States’ Jack Sock, 29, is an Olympic men’s doubles gold medalist from Rio 2016.
Team World will be hoping that their youthful exuberance would triumph over a European team comprised mostly of veterans – albeit legends.
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All times are British Summer Time (GMT+1).
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Friday, September 23rd, 1 p.m.:
Men’s singles first match
Men’s singles match 2
7 p.m. night session:
Men’s singles, the third match
Men’s doubles match 4
Saturday, September 24, 1 pm Day Session:
Men’s singles match 5
Men’s singles match 6
7 p.m. night session:
Men’s singles match 7
Men’s doubles, match 8
Day session on September 25th (the schedule for the final day is tentative depending on previous results)
Men’s doubles, Match 9
Men’s singles match 10
Men’s singles match 11
Men’s singles match 12
The 2022 Laver Cup promises to be a thrilling event, with some of the best tennis players in the world set to compete. The unique format of the tournament adds to the excitement, and with the event being held in London for the first time, there is sure to be a great atmosphere at the O2 Arena.