This past weekend marked the inaugural Laver Cup, which pits Europeans against the “World” in a team format, very similar to Golf’s Ryder Cup.
With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and no Kei Nishikori nor Juan Martin del Potro, Team Europe took the first cup rather comfortably by a 15-9 margin.
The players seemed to get behind the idea, the area looked packed and there was a palpable buzz about the event on social platforms.
But the event is an exo and it remains to be seen just how much the players actually care. So far, they do.
“The only way it was ever going to be successful is if the players cared,” said Federer whose management team helps run the event. “And they did. I think you see it. I think you see the happiness. The Laver Cup trophy is still sprayed with champagne, so that means we have already been celebrating.
“It’s been a wonderful journey. I just hope to, you know, to leave a legacy behind, not for me personally but just for the game, because it deserves it. It deserves the players, and the legends of this game deserve the recognition they deserve. The future players deserve a massive platform to play tennis in.”
Nadal, who played with Federer on Saturday in a doubles win, agreed.
“Congrats to Roger and all his team for a great idea and a great organization,” Nadal said. “Hopefully this event is keep going and hopefully the new generations, the young ones, gonna commit as we did it this weekend.
“The only way that the competition have success is if the players really want to play and really care for it. We did it. We put all the energy that we have today to win this trophy. Yeah, have been great. Yeah, we are very happy to win the first Laver Cup for Europe.”
While there were no ATP ranking points allotted, team winners received $250,000 for the weekend.
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