One of the most fun rivalries (and bromances) in tennis at the moment is the captivating friendship between Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas. They’ve played doubles together, cheering each other on, and gone toe-to-toe in tough matches like the Citi Open final.
Is it no wonder that fans will be excited to see the two play on opposite sides at the Laver Cup this year? “I’ve always said that the Laver Cup is my favorite week of the year, and how much it means to me to get around the team and play for something bigger than just myself,” Nick Kyrgios said, in a statement released by the event.
Kyrgios, like Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev on Team Europe, joins John Isner as the only three-time participant on Team World. The Australian helped Team World close in on Team Europe’s lead last year, when the event took place at Chicago, winning Day 2’s doubles match with Jack Sock.
The 24-year-old clearly thrives in a team atmosphere and was one of the highlights of the fun, team event. “At the Laver Cup it’s not just about me, it’s about doing everything I can to help the other guys feel comfortable, prepare for their matches and even give them some energy from the side of the court, if that’s what needs to be done,” Kyrgios continued.
The Citi Open winner will be looking to bring home the Laver Cup trophy for the first time for Team World, after temporarily gaining the lead last year. “We’ve had some heartbreaking losses over the past couple of years and it means the world to me to have the chance to get out there again with the team and try to get the win for Team World”.
He’ll likely face his great rival—and good friend—Stefanos Tsitsipas—who was awarded the remaining spot on Team Europe, continuing their contest of wills from their thrilling match at the Washington, D.C.
final. “The Laver Cup is a unique and memorable event in tennis, and I can’t wait to join Team Europe in Geneva,” Tsitsipas added. “For me personally it’s like a dream come true to be part of this incredible team, with Roger and Rafa, who I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid, along with Dom, Sascha and Fabio.
“In tennis we are always out on the court alone, it’s such an individual sport. It’s going to be a new experience for me to play on a team, especially this team of unbelievable champions, and it will be an honor to join all these legends at the Laver Cup”.
Tsitsipas and Kyrgios are two of the most exciting next generation players and represent the future of the sport. Their selections to the Laver Cup teams will only add to what is considered one of the most electrifying events of the Tour.
Perfectly scheduled after the grand slams finish up, the Laver Cup instills the waning season post-slam with some excitement and competitive fun. Named after legend Rod Laver, many consider the event to be a highlight of the entire year.
Unlike any other tennis team undertaking, it offers the opportunity for many of the top names to play together, most notably the thrilling doubles match when Federer and Rafael Nadal teamed up (hope to repeat this year). It is a competition—now with the backing of the ATP, who finally saw the big picture of what an enormously popular the event is—that is simply unlike any other.
It vacillates between Team Europe and Team World locations, and this time it’s back across the pond and in Federer’s home country, taking place September 20-22 in Geneva, Switzerland. Will Team World achieve its first cup? “Nick, like me and the rest of the team, is extremely motivated to get the win this year.
We are not going to Geneva just to make up the numbers – we are going there to bring home that magnificent trophy,” Team World Captain John McEnroe stated. He is yet to name one more member to his team, which is expected shortly.
Team Europe is comprised of Federer, Nadal, A. Zverev, Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, and Fabio Fognini. Members of Team World include Kyrios, Isner, Kevin Anderson, Milos Raonic, and Denis Shapovalov.