Andy Roddick Backs Nick Kyrgios Led Team World to Defeat Team Europe at Laver Cup 2021

Published 08/20/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


The roster for the Laver Cup 2021 has just been announced and fans are looking forward to the tournament. Even though no member of the ‘Big Three’ is present in Team Europe this year, Daniil Medvedev will lead the team’s charge. On the other hand, Nick Kyrgios will be guiding Team World which includes stars like Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and others.

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In a recent interview with the Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick talked about his expectations from the Laver Cup 2021. He stated that Team Europe has got a great team and most of his stars like Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev are currently enjoying some great form on tour.

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“It’s a different day but this roaster (Team Europe) looks so good, especially Medvedev playing great. We know how he moved on the hard court. Tsitsipas, Zverev, Rublev, Berrettini, Ruud. What I am wondering is that there’s not an obvious doubles team in this roster right. So, they are gonna mix and match,” said Roddick in the interview.

Even though Roddick lauded Team Europe’s roster, he believes that they might have a problem in deciding the doubles category. Since there are no players who have had played doubles in the past together, Roddick mentioned that the players might have to mix and match in order to form a good doubles team.

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Andy Roddick believes Team World led by Nick Kyrgios can beat Team Europe guided by Daniil Medvedev at Laver Cup 2021

In the same interview, Roddick also talked about the roster of Team World for the Laver Cup 2021. He highlighted that even though there is only a single top 10 player in the team, it actually has the capability of defeating Team Europe this year.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 30, 2021. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

“Yeah, they can. I mean, the bottom row is like team serve out. You have guys who can take the racquets out of the hands of Team Europe. When you get into the neutral rallies, you have to favor Europe with their racquets skills… “

“I think World has got as good of a chance this year as it has so far in this event, you know, minus Rafa, Roger and Novak,” added the former World No.1 player.

The Laver Cup will begin on September 24, 2021, and will extend till September 26, 2021. Will Team Europe be able to defend its title without the presence of the ‘Big Three’?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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