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Federer, Berdych launch Inaugural Laver Cup in Prague

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Thousands of fans turned out to the Old Town Square in Prague today as Roger Federer, 18-time Grand Slam champion and one of the greatest players of all time, joined good friend and top ranked Czech player Tomas Berdych to officially launch the countdown to the Laver Cup.

“The Laver Cup is the most exciting new tournament we’ve seen in tennis for a very long time,” Roger Federer said. “I’m super excited about teaming up with some of my greatest rivals, like Rafa and Tomas. We’ve never had the chance to really sit on the sidelines and cheer each other on, and play doubles together, rather than facing each other on opposite sides of the net.

“This will be a very different experience for the players and the fans, and it’s great we are playing the first Laver Cup here in the beautiful city of Prague,” Federer continued.

Berdych spent the day acting as tour guide for Federer, joining him for a spectacular tennis match onboard a cruise boat traveling down the iconic Vltava River, showcasing the historic Charles Bridge, before meeting the Mayor of Prague Adriana Krnáčová and fans in the beautiful Old Town Square.

“It’s been great to have Roger visit us here in Prague today, and I’m so thrilled he’ll be back for the Laver Cup in September,” Berdych said.

“I know from experience how tough Roger is as an opponent, and personally will make it a mission to qualify for Laver Cup so we can be on the same team. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to compete on the same team as he and Rafa.

“It’s even more special to have the first Laver Cup here in my home city of Prague. I’m not biased at all when I say we have the best tennis fans in the world here and this tournament is like a gift for them. I know they’ll come out in force to cheer for their favourite players.”

The Laver Cup will mark the first time Federer has played in Prague for ten years, with his last appearance a Davis Cup World Group Play-off in 2007.

The Laver Cup is a three-day tournament pitting a team of the six best tennis players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world. For the first three years Bjorn Borg will captain Europe and John McEnroe will lead The World team. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have committed to play for Europe.

The inaugural Laver Cup will be held at the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 22-24, 2017.