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Laver Cup 2021: teams, players, captains

The fourth edition of the Laver Cup comes back Friday, Sept.24, a year late due to covid-19. Who will be playing for each team? Scroll down and find out.

Stefanos Tsitsipas y Feliciano López posan durante su visita a la Universidad de Harvard antes de la Laver Cup.
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A year after being postponed by the global pandemic, the fourth edition of the Laver Cup is days away from kicking off at Boston.

The Laver Cup inaugurated in 2017 by Roger Federer, Tony Godsick, and their TEAM8 agency; is meant to resemble the "Ryder Cup" of tennis. The event faces six players from Team Europe against six players from Team world.

Those players are carefully selected by each team captain. Nine singles and three doubles will be held across a three-day weekend, with points available for each win increasing from 1 to 3 as days go by. The first team to reach 13 points is declared as the winner. Team Europe has won all three editions of the tournament until today, leaving the face-to-face to a 3-0 lead for the Europeans.

Team Captains

Like in the previous three editions, tennis American idol John McEnroe will return as a captain for Team World with his brother Patrick Mcenroe as vice-president. Team World has never won the competition and knowing how competitive Mcenroe is, he will probably incentivize his team more than ever to battle for the winner spot, now that the top 3 legends withdrawals have left a chance for Team World to claim their first victory.

On the other side, Team Europe is going with its all-time coach Bjorn Borg. Despite not counting this year with three of its best players: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic, the coach will try its best to beat his old rival Mcenroe one more time, while he brings the title home for the fourth time.

2021 LAver Cup Players

This will be the first time in the short history of the Laver Cup that none of the big three will be participating.

Roger Federer, who had never missed the event before, was ruled out of the event as he needs another knee operation, Nadal has also withdrawn from the event due to injury, in this case, foot-related, while Novak Djokovic is resting after the high-intensity year he has gone through going 27-1 in the four grand slam events, but failing, in the end, to achieve a gold medal in Tokyo, and surpass his fellow rivals in grand slam titles.

However, the notable absences will not mean a lack of emotion. The event will still involve plenty of top players, as five out of the six European members are currently ranked top 7, including world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who comes from winning the US Open. Nick Kyrgios, who plays for Team World is the lowest-ranked out of all twelve (No.95), but the Aussie is most known for not leaving anybody indifferent despite his play...

Team Europe

  • Danil Medvedev
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Alexander Zverev
  • Andrey Rublev
  • Matteo Berrettini
  • Casper Ruud.

Team World

  • Felix Auger-Aliassime
  • Denis Shapovalov
  • Diego Schwartzman
  • Reilly Opelka
  • John Isner
  • Nick Kyrgios.