McEnroe visits Boston to announce ticket on-sale for Laver Cup 2020
Tennis legend John McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and captain of Team World, touched down in Boston on Tuesday to launch ticket sales for Laver Cup 2020, which will take place at TD Garden from September 25-27.
Tickets for the fourth edition of the unique team competition go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10:00am Eastern Time via Ticketmaster.
Roger Federer, 20-time Grand Slam champion is confirmed to play Laver Cup 2020 and will join captain Bjorn Borg as Team Europe attempt to lift the Laver Cup for a fourth straight year. Three of the six players on each team qualify based on their ATP singles ranking as of the Monday following the French Open, with the remaining three selected as ‘captain’s picks’ and announced before the US Open.
“It’s great to visit this beautiful city of Boston,” said McEnroe on Tuesday, “This is a phenomenal sports town and I expect fans will raise the roof for the home team.”
This is the second time in the event’s history that Team World will play in their part of the world. The inaugural Laver Cup was held in Prague in 2017, followed by Chicago in 2018 and then Geneva in 2019.
“Laver Cup 2018 was unbelievably close thanks to the energy of the home crowd. I’m sure Boston will continue that tradition at TD Garden, one of the best venues in the world,” McEnroe said.
“We were leading last year in Geneva, we were so, so close,” McEnroe said. “I hope all of Boston gets behind us. The home court advantage together with our incredible team spirit and phenomenal players could be the magic ingredient that takes down our Team Europe opponents.”
McEnroe was welcomed to the city by Mayor Martin J. Walsh ahead of the Boston Celtics game against the Brooklyn Nets, that he watched from the front row at TD Garden.
“It’s great to have the Laver Cup come to Boston,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We are a competitive city that loves sports, and I’m excited that local tennis fans will get to live this experience in their City, alongside all the visiting fans that we’re excited to welcome to Boston.”
McEnroe toured Boston in his red Team World Mercedes Benz taking in some of the sights, before arriving at TD Garden.
McEnroe’s visit to TD Garden coincided with the 40th Anniversary of his first achieving the ATP #1 singles ranking on March 3, 1980, and he was celebrated by the fans.
“Boston is an incredible city, and has rightly earned the name ‘City of Champions,’” said McEnroe, who was presented with a personalized basketball jersey from Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward.
“Ice hockey, football, baseball, basketball and now tennis with the Laver Cup,” said McEnroe. “Boston deserves the best that tennis has to offer. International team tennis started here way back at Longwood, it’s fitting that the Laver Cup will take center stage in September.”
Laver Cup Chairman, Tony Godsick, joined McEnroe at the game. “It is fantastic to be at the historic and beautiful TD Garden with John to officially announce the ticket on sale date. And how fitting it falls on the anniversary of John first ascending to the #1 ranking in the world.”
The last professional tennis tournament held in Boston was in 1999, when Marat Safin defeated Greg Rusedski for the ATP title.
The Laver Cup is a three-day event, created to honor the career of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, who won the calendar-year Grand Slam in 1962 and 1969.
Tickets are expected to be in high demand, so fans are advised to get in early to book for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.