Laver lends name to men’s contest
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