When I first heard about the Laver Cup, I didn’t think much of it. To me it sounded like it would turn out to be a glorified series of exhibition matches, and while that could be appealing to some if it did end up like that the event would never be anything special. Boy was I wrong. Today marked the end of day two, and so far it has been a spectacular event for players and fans.
My hope was that the players would take the concept of World vs. Europe seriously, and they did just that. Not only have the matches been highly competitive, but the players on the bench have been a spectacle in their own right. Everyone seems like they’re really into it, and the result has been a new, innovative, and fun event for tennis that I think will go on to grow much more popular.
Are the teams unfair, yes, does that make the event any less exciting, nope. All of the players there are top notch and even though they are getting blown out, team world has still made it exciting. Every matchup has had an interesting aspect to it, with the scheduling being done the day of nobody knows who’s playing who, which adds a strategic factor for the captains creating said lineups, Bjorn Borg and John Mcenroe. For example, today the Laver Cup gave tennis fans an opportunity to see something that had never been seen before, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the same side of the net. Their doubles match was fun, entertaining, and overall very high-quality tennis. As a fan, there isn’t much more you can ask for.
It is also fun as a fan to watch the players interact with one another. It is very clear from watching them that Roger and Rafa are actually really good friends, and not only them but a lot of the players are clearly friends with one another off the court. It would also seem that the Laver Cup has provided them with an opportunity to interact and become friends. This has been made clear by the way Team World and Team Europe’s respective benches have been acting during the matches. Whether it be rehearsed celebrations or the 20-year-old Alexander Zverev taking advice during his match from Roger Federer, it is clear that the players are gaining a lot out of this as well which is more of a reason why it will eventually take off. Overall, the Laver Cup has proven to be a fun and exciting event and I cannot wait for day three of it.