GAME ON! Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Diego Schwartzman to Face Roger Federer’s Team at Laver Cup 2021

Published 07/21/2021, 2:03 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime and Canada’s Denis Shapovalov after their third round match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


The Laver Cup is one of the most exciting tournaments on the men’s tour. It is an annual team event, between Team Borg representing Europe and Team McEnroe representing the rest of the world. After three exuberant editions full of nail-biting finishes, the tournament is set to return this year in Boston, USA.

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Kicking off the excitement, Team World has laid the challenge by announcing the participation of top Canadian star Denis Shapovalov.

Laver Cup one of the most entertaining events of the year?

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The Laver Cup began in 2017. Named after one of the greats of the sport, ‘rocket’ Rod Laver, the tournament sees the top-ranked players of the world battling it out. Stars are separated based on continent and divided into Team Europe and World accordingly. So far, Team Europe mentored by Bjorn Borg has sealed the trophy on all three occasions.

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Swiss maestro Roger Federer is one of the main attractions of the event, having featured in all three editions thus far. Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem are some of the other stars on Europe’s side.

For Team World, Australian Nick Kyrgios has spearheaded the attack. He has been aided by doubles specialist Jack Sock, the powerful John Isner, and Canadian southpaw Denis Shapovalov. Despite coming up short, Team World has given Borg’s side a run for their money in every edition. And 2021 will be no different.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: The Laver Cup trophy is displayed prior to the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 19, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22 (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Terrifying trio including Denis Shapovalov added to Team World

John McEnroe shall certainly hope to reverse the result of the past three editions in 2021. After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Laver Cup is back with a bang. And Team World has set the ball rolling, announcing three megastars in their lineup for the 4th edition later this year.

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The additions include the Canadian duo of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Joining them will be Argentina’s pocket dynamite Diego Schwartzman. Earlier, Team Europe announced the presence of Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini in their 2021 field. The men in red have fought fire with fire after announcing the Next-gen trio.

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The entertainment is not too far away now. Loads of spots are yet to be filled on both sides, so be prepared for some more jaw-dropping announcements. Nonetheless, the two sides will be heavily equipped to battle it out at Laver Cup-4. Lay down your predictions for the latest renewal of the Europe vs World rivalry.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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