Laver Cup heads to Boston in 2020
Boston, one of the greatest sports cities in the world, will host the Laver Cup at the famous TD Garden from September 25-27, 2020.
Sports fans worldwide keenly follow several major league sports teams from the Massachusetts’ capital including the Boston Bruins (ice hockey), Boston Celtics (basketball), Boston Red Sox (baseball) and the New England Patriots (football).
Now tennis will add a new dimension to Boston’s incredible sports reputation with the arrival of the Laver Cup, in its fourth edition and where the best players from Europe and the World fight for victory over the three-day team competition, established to honor past legends of the game.
“Boston is the perfect setting for the Laver Cup,” said Tony Godsick, CEO of TEAM8 and Chairman of the Laver Cup.
“The city has a deep sporting culture, but it is also steeped in profound historical events, all of which resonate with the values of the Laver Cup and its tribute to the rich heritage of tennis.
This is a phenomenal sports town and I expect fans will raise the roof for the home side – John McEnroe
“The Laver Cup is like nothing else in world tennis. Over one amazing weekend we bring together the greatest current players as teammates, as well as great legends and rivals from previous generations.”
Home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, TD Garden is New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena and hosts more than 3.5 million people a year at its world-renowned concerts and sporting events.
The state-of-the art venue features a 19,600-seat arena, multi-million-dollar high definition video scoreboard, redesigned concourses and 360-degree LED technology.
“TD Garden is a haven for sports fans,” said Laver Cup CEO, Steve Zacks.
“The arena is close to completing a more than $100 million expansion plan and nothing is being spared to create the ultimate fan experience. We can’t wait to bring the Laver Cup to this spectacular venue.”
Team World captain John McEnroe, who together with Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg will continue in their roles for 2020, said he was excited the host city was sports-loving Boston, just 216 miles north of his home base in New York on the US East Coast.
“This is a phenomenal sports town and I expect fans will raise the roof for the home side,” McEnroe said.
“Laver Cup 2018 was unbelievably close thanks to the enthusiasm of home crowds. Boston is sure to continue that tradition at TD Garden, one of the best venues in the world.”
Since its debut at Prague in 2017, the Laver Cup has been staged at Chicago in 2018 and Geneva, Switzerland in 2019, with the host city alternating between Europe and the rest of the world.
Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh said he was thrilled the Laver Cup would touch down in 2020.
“I’m extremely excited and proud to announce that the City of Boston will host the next Laver Cup at the TD Garden in 2020, it’s a great honor for our city.
“We are already preparing for this highly acclaimed event and can’t wait to welcome the Laver Cup to the city of champions.”
Alongside its formidable sports culture, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and played a key role in the American Revolution, highlighted on the city’s Freedom Trail, which visits historic sites that tell the story of the nation’s founding.
Birthplace of the 35thUS president John F Kennedy, Boston has spawned many literary giants and is home to the renowned Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technologyin Cambridge.
The Boston Marathon, held on Patriots’ Day in April, is the world’s oldest marathon and the bar from the hit TV show Cheers, is one of the most frequented drinking spots, particularly by international fans, in New England.
“Every which way you look Boston has something to offer visitors,” said MA Governor Charlie Baker.
“The Laver Cup is an amazing event and TD Garden is the perfect setting to see the best players in the world in action.”
The city is even embedded into the magnificent Laver Cup itself, with molten metal from the US Pro Tennis Championships trophy in Boston, won by Rod Laver, incorporated into the now iconic cup.
The last professional tennis tournament held in Boston was in 1999, when Marat Safin defeated Greg Rusedski for the ATP title.
The Laver Cup was inspired by the career of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who won two calendar-year Grand Slams, in 1962 and 1969.
“I’m delighted to see the fourth instalment of the Laver Cup will be in Boston,” said Laver, a long-time resident of Carlsbad in California.
“It’s a wonderful city steeped in history, sports and culture. I can’t wait to get back there for the Laver Cup, it’s sure to be another memorable chapter in this event’s remarkable evolution.”