Roger Federer and Thomas Berdych kickstarted the countdown to the first ever Laver Cup to be held in Prague, by playing a friendly match in black suits on a black court, that was on a boat cruising on the river Vltava, as thousands of fans flocked to watch them from the Charles bridge. Yes, it did look as classy as it sounds. They later met with fans at the Old square in Prague, signing autographs and taking pictures with them. The Laver Cup is to be held in honor of the Grand Slam winner Rod Laver, who won all 4 Grand Slams in a year, twice in a row. The Cup will be held between the top six players from the European tour and the top six players from the rest of the world. Federer said that it would be really exciting to be in a team with players such as Thomas Berdych and Rafael Nadal, who have almost always been on the other side of the court for their entire careers.
The players will not be awarded any ATP tour points, although the players said they will representing their corner of the world, and will be making the competition a highly
competitive one. The captains of the European team and the rest of the world, will be none other than the legends, Byon Borg and John McEnroe, respectively. Roger also said it would be exciting to cheer on players that always had a rivalry, and siting in the same corner with the legends captaining them. The tournament will be held in the month of September in the O2 arena in Prague. The list of players competing for the cup will be released after the US open although the sale of tickets has already begun in the month of February. It is not yet clear whether or not the rankings will decide the box of players who will participate, and although the European team looks the stronger side given the class and caliber of players, the rest of the world, is not to be underestimated. The tournament would be judged based on three singles and one doubles match on a daily basis. When asked about whom he would pair up with for the doubles, Roger was quick to say that he would love to play with Rafa, given the number of matches they have played against each other. Well Roger, even we would love it, if that happens!