Feature 24 // 24 Sep 2018, 16:33 IST SHARE A magnificent weekend of tennis extravaganza came to a close in Chicago last night leaving fans drenched in euphoria with those endearing moments of team spirit and some high octane tennis. The 93,584 spectators who filled The United Centre in Chicago can vouch for this and also those numerous fans around the globe who followed the action closely.It was a moment when time stood still as the blue benchers boisterously ran wild towards Alexander Zverev and piled over him in jubilation, celebrating a dramatic come from behind victory over Kevin Anderson that helped Team Europe lay hands on the trophy yet again. The final scoreboard read 13-8, and Europe knew that the Cup was coming home.For those who might look at the Laver Cup as an exhibition, you certainly would change that opinion if you lived through the weekend to soak in the camaraderie of the teams and the roller coaster of emotions that they … [Read more...] about Laver Cup, a delectable blend of team spirit and high octane tennis.
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Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson saw off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6 in the Laver Cup doubles to give Team World their first point of the tournament in Chicago. Excitement had been building ever since it was announced the former world number ones would pair up for Team Europe in the competition's second year - with the blue side hoping to take a clean sweep into the weekend after a trio of singles wins earlier in the day. Federer and Djokovic took a while to settle into the four-man format, the latter - on the back of his singles US Open triumph and 14th grand slam title - accidentally hitting his partner with the ball in the third game. The Serbian and Swiss both laughed off the incident to the amusement of the crowd and went on to clinch the first-set tie-break 7-6 (7/5). But their opponents soon found their rhythm, taking the second set 6-3, with Sock's experience as a three-time doubles major champion shining through on some impressive volley shots and Anderson … [Read more...] about Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic beaten in Laver Cup doubles
After a successful introduction last year, the Laver Cup returns this weekend in Chicago with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic among the world's best players taking to the court. Twelve months ago it was Team Europe, led by captain Bjorn Borg and featuring both Federer and Rafael Nadal, who came out on top after beating Team World 15-9. Will they defend their crown at the United Center from Sept 21-23? Or can John McEnroe's team turn the tables? What is it? Named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, the annual competition was the brainchild of 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer who was able to use his global standing to bring major sponsors on board and get the idea off the ground. Tennis' version of golf's Ryder Cup, it pits six players from Team Europe against six from the rest of the world across three days of competition, two weeks after the US Open. Four of the six players qualify based on their ATP singles ranking following Wimbledon with two additional … [Read more...] about Laver Cup 2018: How does it work, where will it be shown and what players are competing?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Tennis Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJohn Clarke Sept. 19, 2018 This year marks the second annual Laver Cup, a men’s tournament being held in Chicago from Friday through Sunday that features 12 top players, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Rod Laver, 80, is an Australian tennis legend. He was the No. 1 player in the world from 1964 to 1970, winning 200 singles titles and 11 Grand Slams. Laver talks about his namesake tournament, the importance of amateur tennis, and why shorter matches are better. This conversation has been edited and condensed. Last year’s inaugural Laver Cup sold out in just a few hours. Why does this tournament resonate so well with fans? I think it’s the star power. You’re looking at Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. You have six of the best players … [Read more...] about Laver and the Power of the Laver Cup
(Reuters) - Factbox of 25 memorable moments, milestones of the 50-year-old U.S. Open tennis tournament played annually in New York: FILE PHOTO: The sun reflects off the U.S. Open sign outside the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center ahead of the men's singles final match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz 1968 - Previously the U.S. national championships, the U.S. Open is played for the first time at the West Side Tennis Club with $100,000 in prize money. 1968 - Arthur Ashe, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, takes leave to play in the tournament, becoming the first African-American to win a men’s single at a Grand Slam event when he outlasts Tom Okker of the Netherlands 14-12 5-7 6-3 3-6 6-3. 1969 - Rod Laver makes a big switch, to spikes because of the wet grass surface, to complete his second Grand Slam with a four-set … [Read more...] about Memorable moments, highlights of U.S. Open’s 50 years