The Perfect Fit: Laver Cup at The O2
London’s esteemed place in the tennis community dates back to 1877, and the start of Wimbledon, the oldest of the four Grand Slams.
The English capital has also hosted the ATP Finals for more than a decade, and Laver Cup organizers are excited to bring Laver Cup and its unique format to The O2, the same venue that hosted the season-ending men’s showpiece from 2009-2020.
“The O2 is one of the greatest arenas in the world. We’re excited to be here,” said Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks during a tour of the practice courts and venue with Team World Vice Captain, Patrick McEnroe.
“It really showcases the Laver Cup nicely. I think because the public is so familiar with tennis and has some of the greatest tennis right here, obviously at Wimbledon, right next to London, that creates an expectation.
“We’re a little bit different and so we’re excited to have people see what we’re all about.”
A three-day team competition featuring both singles and doubles, Laver Cup awards one point for a win on the Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday.
It normally bypasses cities that host tennis events at upper levels — “we like to take it to places that don’t have big tournaments,” as Zacks reiterated — but when the ATP Finals left for Turin, Italy, The O2 seemed a perfect fit for the fifth edition.
“When the World Tour Finals moved out, AEG was really interested in continuing the tennis tradition at The O2, since it’s been so successful,” said Zacks, referring to The O2 operator. “So we said that would be a really terrific idea. And it gives us the chance to showcase the Laver Cup in front of a worldwide tennis audience.”
One that is sure to be captivated — especially since it marks the final professional event of Roger Federer’s career. The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion announced his retirement last week on social media and contests his farewell encounter in doubles in Friday’s night session partnering with Rafael Nadal.
By that time, the Big 4 of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray had already committed to playing for Team Europe at Laver Cup 2022.
“We sold out well before Roger’s announcement because people just had to be here to see that happen,” said Zacks.
Even without tickets, spectators can attend the Fan Zone for free and watch practice sessions outside The O2’s main entrance.
Through immersive installations, visitors can test their serve speed at the Cleveland Clinic and take an interactive race through the Swiss Alps.
They can grab a bite or drink at one of the many food and beverage stations, capture a memorable moment at the Laver Cup photo station or sit back and relax and watch all the matches unfold on the giant screen.