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Chicago opens its arms to Laver Cup

Pavilion

Tennis fans, Chicagoans, visitors to the largest city in Illinois, USA, and anyone with a passing interest in spectacles, celebrities and international sports stars are in for a treat on Wednesday.

Shortly after 12pm, Laver Cup 2018 officially hits town when players representing Team Europe and Team World will be announced and welcomed to the city.

They include the best available to compete for the second instalment of the Laver Cup, created to honor the career of two-time Grand Slam champion Rod Laver, who will also be present when the parade arrives at the iconic Pritzker Pavilion in the heart of downtown Chicago.

A small man with a legendary spirit, Laver will be flanked by the best in tennis.

For Team Europe, Roger Federer, winner of 20 Grand Slam titles will step into the Chicago limelight alongside US Open 2018 champion and resurgent Novak Djokovic, winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.

They will be joined by the formidable blue team, captained by Swede Bjorn Borg, with Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund completing the lineup.

On the red side, captained by the mercurial New Yorker John McEnroe, Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson will lead the pack, alongside John Isner, Diego Schwartzman, Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios.

“We’re excited to be here in Chicago for the second Laver Cup,” said Managing Director Steve Zacks.

This is an incredible city with a great sporting tradition – Steve Zacks

“This is an incredible city with a great sporting tradition. The Pritzker Pavilion is the perfect place for Chicago to welcome the amazing players from both teams.”

Entry to the Player Welcome Ceremony is free.

 

Novak Djokovic arrives in Chicago with Team Europe's Alexander Zverev and David Goffin on Monday night. Photo: David Goffin
Novak Djokovic arrives in Chicago with Team Europe’s Alexander Zverev and David Goffin on Monday night. Photo: David Goffin

Laver Cup Fan Zone

Whether they have a ticket to the Laver Cup itself or not – starting Friday, September 21 at the United Center – visitors can take part in the tennis with free entry to the Laver Cup Fan Zone, which will include many fun family activities, food and beer tents, and a giant screen to watch live action at the tennis and view players warming up on the unique hard court black tennis court, used for this innovative team event.

Those without an event ticket, will need to obtain a free Fan Zone ticket for each day they attend.

Who’s playing when?

The schedule of play for the Laver Cup will be known on Thursday after captains reveal their team lineups for Friday’s matches, with two singles in the Day session (starting at 1pm) and a singles followed by doubles match in the Night session (starting at 7pm).

How it works: rules, order of play and format

The United Center is being transformed with the installation of Laver Cup's unique, sleek black court. Photo: Ben Solomon
The United Center is being transformed with the installation of Laver Cup’s unique, sleek black court. Photo: Ben Solomon

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