Novak Djokovic, one of the most prolific champions in world tennis, will join Roger Federer to spearhead Team Europe’s defense of the Laver Cup in Chicago in September.
Twelve-time Grand Slam singles champion Djokovic, one of only eight players to complete a career Grand Slam, is also the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. He has made an impressive return to the game, reaching the final at Queens last week after being sidelined by injury for much of the past year.
“I’m very excited about playing the Laver Cup in Chicago later this year and helping to defend the title for Team Europe,” Djokovic said.
I love the whole concept of ‘rivals becoming teammates’ and can’t wait to join Roger Federer in Team Europe
“I love the whole concept of ‘rivals becoming teammates’ and can’t wait to join Roger Federer in Team Europe under the leadership of our inspirational captain, Bjorn Borg, one of the most accomplished players in tennis history.
“Roger and I have played so many tough matches, and he is such a great champion so it will be a unique experience being part of the same team and perhaps even playing doubles together.
“I watched the Laver Cup on TV last year and it looked amazing. All the players competed with such passion and the team spirit was extraordinary – everyone was working together, cheering for each other and even coaching from the bench during matches. I can’t wait to be part of that experience.
“It’s always fun to discover a new city and I can’t wait to explore Chicago. There’s a large Serbian community in the city and I hope they come out and support me and Team Europe.”
Team Europe Captain Bjorn Borg is delighted to have the former world No.1 in his team and has committed to selecting him as a Captain’s Pick. “Novak is one of the great champions of our game and I’m thrilled he will be joining Team Europe at the Laver Cup this year. He is a true team player and we’ve seen how much he thrives in that environment.
I have no doubt Novak will join Roger as another great leader in our team
“I have no doubt Novak will join Roger as another great leader in our team and his will flair and showmanship will provide just as much value off the court as in the matches.
“As the defending champions, and playing in Chicago, Team World territory, there’ll be a lot of pressure on our players to perform. Novak is a big-match player, he’s been in those tough situations many times before, and he’ll bring not just tremendous experience, but a great attitude and work ethic as well. I’m very excited to welcome him to Team Europe.”
The second edition of the Laver Cup will take place at the United Center, Chicago, from September 21-23, 2018. The inaugural Laver Cup took place in Prague in September last year. Team Europe won 15-9 in a thrilling decider, with Roger Federer saving a match point against Team World’s Nick Kyrgios to hoist the stunning Laver Cup trophy.