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Unique format ensures three days of fierce Laver Cup competition

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The inaugural Laver Cup will push the boundaries of tennis as we know it when the world’s best male players take to the court at the O₂ arena in Prague, Czech Republic from September 22-24, 2017.

The brand new three-day tournament features a unique format that will bring some of the sport’s fiercest rivals together in a team environment unlike anything seen before in world tennis. 

Team Europe’s Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s rivalry is legendary, but at the Laver Cup they will cheer each other on from the sidelines and could pair up for what promises to be the most eagerly anticipated doubles match in tennis history.

Team World’s Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios already share an off-court friendship, with Kyrgios recently joining close mate Sock at his home in Kansas. This entertaining duo can’t wait to train together, support each other’s on-court battles from the player bench and potentially team up as an explosive doubles combination.

Strategy and tactics from the team captains could also be a key to victory in the Laver Cup, with a unique lineup card exchange and scoring system:

  • On Thursday, captains Björn Borg and John McEnroe will submit their lineup cards for Friday’s matches to the referee in a blind exchange, with match-ups revealed at a special on-court ceremony
  • For days two and three, one captain will submit his card blind for the opposing captain to review before selecting his players
  • Team Europe captain Borg will choose which day to seize the home advantage and submit his playing lineup after reviewing Team World’s selection
  • Each match on Friday is worth one point, two points per match are up for grabs on Saturday, and three points for each match on the crucial deciding Sunday
  • The first team to reach 13 points will win the inaugural Laver Cup, with a thrilling doubles decider played if the scores are tied at 12-all