Federer and Nadal to lead parade of players
World No.1 Rafael Nadal and No.2 Roger Federer will lead the parade of Laver Cup players at an official welcome ceremony in Prague on Wednesday, which will be live-streamed via @LaverCup on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook Live and YouTube.
Fierce competitors for more than a decade, the pair will set aside their storied rivalry to become teammates when six of the best players from Europe take on their counterparts from the rest of the world at the O2 arena, September 22-24, 2017.
The players and captains from each team, as well as the legendary Rod Laver, will be officially welcomed to the city of Prague in the historic Old Town Square, with thousands of fans expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
Nadal and Federer will be joined by Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych for Team Europe captained by Björn Borg.
Rising American star Frances Tiafoe is a late addition to Team World following the withdrawal of Juan Martin del Potro.
“It is with much sadness that I will not be able to compete in the first Laver Cup, but unfortunately I am not completely healthy after my US Open semifinal run. I just need more time for my body to fully recover and I am not ready to compete at 100%. It was an honor to be selected to participate in this event and I am sure it will be a great success,” del Potro said.
Tiafoe joins big-hitting Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner along with the next generation of fire and star power in Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov.
|TEAM EUROPE||TEAM WORLD|
|Björn Borg – Captain||Captain: John McEnroe|
|Thomas Enqvist – Vice Captain||Patrick McEnroe – Vice Captain|
| Rafael Nadal|| Sam Querrey|
| Roger Federer|| John Isner|
| Alexander Zverev|| Nick Kyrgios|
| Marin Cilic|| Jack Sock|
| Dominic Thiem|| Denis Shapovalov|
| Tomas Berdych|| Frances Tiafoe|
| Fernando Verdasco (alternate)||[PR81] Thanasi Kokkinakis (alternate)|
Rankings as at September 18, 2017