Laver lends name to men’s con­test

TEN­NIS

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Aus­tralian ten­nis leg­end Rod Laver has put his name to a pro­posed new men’s team event styled on golf ’s Ry­der Cup.

The Laver Cup, cre­ated by the agency that rep­re­sents Roger Fed­erer, will be­gin in 2017, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

The an­nual three-day event will in­volve a sixstrong Euro­pean team tak­ing on the rest of the world in sin­gles and dou­bles.

The planned event would be played an­nu­ally in late Septem­ber, but not in Olympics years.

Europe would likely dom­i­nate — at least in its early years — with the world’s top six play­ers, No­vak Djokovic, Andy Mur­ray, Fed­erer, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and To­mas Berdych, all avail­able for se­lec­tion.

The high­est-placed nonEuro­pean on the cur­rent sin­gles rank­ings is world No.7 Kei Nishikori from Ja­pan, but 20 of the top 25 are from Europe.

“All the Euro­pean play­ers now, they seem to be in the driver’s seat, but I think it will be a fair com­pe­ti­tion, and I think it will be very com­pet­i­tive,” Laver said.

“It’s a unique con­cept in ten­nis.

“It’s in golf, and it’s been suc­cess­ful any time they’ve done it with the Ry­der Cup and the Pres­i­dents Cup.”

Laver, the only man to win two cal­en­dar grand slams, will se­lect the cap­tains for the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the event. AAP

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