After hitting success in the last two seasons, the Laver Cup returns next weekend in Federer’s home, Switzerland. Twelve months ago it was team Europe, led by Bjorn Borg and featuring both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who came out on the top after beating team world 13-8.
Starting from September 20, the Laver Cup 2019 will conclude on September 22. The event which became an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event this year is played over three days. On Friday and Saturday, there is a day and night session, followed by a single day session on Sunday. Each day four matches will be played – three singles and one doubles match.
While the Friday’s lineup of Laver Cup 2019 will be announced on Thursday afternoon, Saturday’s lineup will be declared an hour after play ends on Friday night. Similarly, Sunday’s lineup will also be revealed an hour after play ends on Saturday night. These matchups are decided after the exchange of lineup cards by the captains of both the team.
Laver Cup 2019 Schedule is as follows –
- September 18, 12:00 pm: Team Europe & Team World officially welcomed to Geneva (Palais Enyard)
- September 19, 12:00 pm: Media conference / followed by practice sessions
- September 19, 6:45 pm: Opening Night Gala
- September 20-22: Competition.
Rules and Points System
Both the team is comprised of six players, and led by a team captain, who is a legend of the sport – Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Both singles and doubles matches are played in standard style – best of three sets with advantage scoring. However, in the event of split sets, the third set is a 10-point match tiebreaker.
Each player competes in at least one singles match during the first two days. However, no player can play singles more than twice and at least four of the six players in a team must play a doubles match.
Also, no doubles combination can be played more than once, unless for the Decider on Day 3 if points are 12-all as the winning team must reach 13 points to claim the title.
In the event of a tie after all 12 matches are played, a doubles decider is played as a regular set with advantage scoring and a tiebreaker at 6-6.
While the points system at the Laver Cup 2019 is quite simple – Each match win is worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday.
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