Nadal and Federer, who shared the No1 ranking for the first 10 months of 2018 and extended their places at the top of the Grand Slam honours board with a 17th and 20th Major victory respectively, will bring their tennis weight and star appeal to a formidable Europe team that remains unbeaten in the two previous Laver Cups.
Team Europe’s captain Bjorn Borg, who enjoyed the participation of current No1 Novak Djokovic alongside Federer in the 2018 edition, said of his latest coup:
“It doesn’t get much better for a captain than naming both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the Laver Cup in Geneva.
“Bringing together two of the greatest players and rivals the sport has ever seen together on one team is very exciting for our sport—and will give us the best possible chance to win the Laver Cup three years in a row.
“At the first Laver Cup in Prague, with both Roger and Rafa on the team, we knew it would be very special, bringing together two such great champions. But I think we all underestimated how powerful it would be to see them sitting side by side, coaching each other, and cheering each other on, along with their teammates from the player bench.
“We saw again the same special moments in Chicago, and how much this event means to the players. I can’t wait to see how the Laver Cup unfolds in Geneva as Team Europe regroups to defend our title.”
“I’m excited Captain Borg has named both me and Rafa to the team. We had a lot of fun in Prague and it will be very special for me to team up with him again in Switzerland to try and defend our title.”
Federer, the brainchild behind the event that is named in honour of one of tennis’s greatest players, Rod Laver, was particularly thrilled that the lakeside city of Geneva was chosen for the return to Europe:
“I am so happy the Laver Cup is coming to Switzerland. I would like to thank the city of Geneva and the Laver Cup team who made this dream come true.
“It was never really my goal to bring the Laver Cup to Switzerland, especially not in the first few years or as long as I’m still playing. But all of a sudden, Geneva raised the arm and said we would be interested… I said, wouldn’t that be incredible that maybe I would still be playing and… could get as many guys as possible together.”
Nadal, who was forced to retire in the semis of the US Open—and subsequently for the rest of the 2018 season—said of his return to the Laver Cup:
“I’m looking forward to playing the Laver Cup in Geneva next year and am very excited to be named to the team by our captain Bjorn Borg. I will do my best to live up to the great performances we had in Prague last year.”
The three-day tournament pits six of the top male tennis players from Europe, captained by Borg, against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world, led by John McEnroe, from 20-22 September 2019.
After sold-out events in both Prague and Chicago, the 2019 edition will be played in a specially-constructed 17,000-seat arena at the Palexpo in Geneva on the now signature black court.
Premium hospitality ticket packages are now on sale, and general tickets will then be available in early February, including multi-session tickets offering the same seat to all five sessions, single session tickets, and a variety of hospitality experiences.
Full details of all hospitality packages, pricing and how to purchase can be found at LaverCup.com
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