Why Was the Laver Cup 2020 Cancelled?

Published 09/20/2021, 11:00 PM EDT
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Rod Laver and Roger Federer pose with the Laver Cup trophy at the unveiling of the Laver Cup trophy at Cannizaro House on June 29, 2017 in Wimbledon, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


The Laver Cup is an event held in tribute to the living legend Rod Laver. It is carried out by Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer’s management firm, TEAM8. As time has passed by, the 40-year-old player has established himself well into the sport. 

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As we speak about the Laver Cup, it began in 2017 and had editions in 2018 and 2019. However, in 2020, the tournament was canceled. Sadly, the global pandemic hit the world terribly. Things got so severe that people weren’t able to travel distances.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 22: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Thomas Enqvist and Fernando Verdasco of Team Europe celebrate as they watch the singles match between Dominic Thiem of Team Europe and John Isner of Team World on the first day of the Laver Cup on September 22, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Laver Cup consists of six European players competing against their counterparts from the rest of the World. Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team. The event runs from 22-24 September. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The pandemic affected the Laver Cup

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Countries all over the world suffered. Due to that, the 2020 French Open was postponed and was conducted after the US Open. Usually, the Laver Cup is carried out during that phase, but due to unavoidable circumstances, the clay-court Grand Slam event was played out. 

20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick were disappointed. However, they accepted that it was the correct decision to prefer Roland Garros. 

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Taylor Fritz of Team World celebrates match point with teammates in his singles match against Dominic Thiem of Team Europe during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 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 Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

The 2021 edition of the tournament will be held in Boston from the 24th of September and will finish on the 26th of September. Unfortunately, it will be devoid of the big three players, i.e. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. 

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For the 2021 edition, Team Europe will have US Open 2021 champion Daniil Medvedev, Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev. On the other side, Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, John Isner will feature. We wish both teams the best of luck.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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