Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal starred as Team Europe defeated Team World 13-11 for their third straight Laver Cup title in the 2019 version of the prestigious team event. Commentators agree that these types of team tennis events could be the lifeblood of the sport, and betting industry experts including representatives of the top online sports betting sites in NJ tend to agree.
How Team Europe won it again
Team Europe completing the title hat-trick in Geneva, Switzerland. Team Europe — admirably lead by Nadal and Federer — emerged victorious over Team World, despite the internationals establishing a lead over the weekend behind clutch victories from two Americans at the opposite ends of the form spectrum, Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz. At only 21-years-of-age, Fritz has had a breakout ATP season, while Sock, a former world number 8 has been in a two-year form downturn.
Talented, but troubled Australian player Nick Kyrgios pushed Roger Federer all the way in an entertaining singles rubber and combined with Sock to defeat Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the doubles.German young gun Alexander Zverev held on to the Cup for Europe with a final match victory, as he did twelve months previously in Chicago. This time, however, it was better, more dramatic and a tight match down to the wire as he defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-4, 3-6 (10-4).
The Laver Cup and other team events the future of tennis?
The Laver Cup was established by Roger Federer’s management company in combination with two major partners creating a team tennis event designed to rival the drama of golf’s Ryder Cup, and features a World team taking on an American team every year in a unique match-play format. Many believe that these type of fan-engaging team events will lead to a renaissance in tennis across the globe.
With the Swiss great’s support, the Laver Cup is showing the way for a younger tennis audience untethered from the traditions of the game and led by the involvement and camaraderie between all the players. To see Federer and Nadal on the bench animated and handing out advice and engaging the fans provides interactive insights into the players’ mindsets. It’s an excellent look for tennis, and an entertaining one to boot.
Put the 2020 Laver Cup in Boston in your tennis calendar!