TC will broadcast all the Laver Cup weekend stay from Boston
TC will be at TD Garden this weekend.
Fans can watch the entire Laver Cup weekend 2021 live on the Tennis Channel from Boston starting this Friday, September 24th at 12:30 p.m. Easter time.
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The event, which was postponed last year due to COVID-19, will see a team of Europe's best tennis players compete against the rest of the world's best.
According to the Tennis Channel, around 25 hours of live tennis from the Laver Cup will be shown this year, with an additional 20 hours set aside each evening for encores on the same day. Steve Weissman will host the daily lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the Laver Cup, which takes place three days before each of the five Laver Cup sessions. Announcers Brett Haber and Noah Eagle will run the games individually during the games, with ex-players Paul Annacone and Chanda Rubin offering analysis. US doubles player Nick Monroe will also speak out for the network.
The Hall of Famer John McEnroe from Team World and Bjorn Borg from Team Europe resume their rivalry on match days at the Laver Cup for the fourth time as captains of their respective teams.
So far, the lead is entirely with Europe, with Borg's group winning the first three trophies: 15-9 in 2017, 13-8 in 2018 and 13-11 in 2019. The Laver Cup is an annual team tennis event ending September, with six top-ranked players on each side and alternating between a European and a non-European city every fall. This year's competition takes place at the TD Garden in Boston, home of the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins. Previous hosts have been Prague (2017); Chicago (2018); and Geneva (2019).
Each day of the Laver Cup competition there are three single games and one double game, with the point value of each game escalating as the tournament progresses: one point per game on Friday, two on Saturday, three on Sunday. The first team to reach 13 points wins the Laver Cup. Friday and Saturday are divided into day and night sessions, with a single session of four games on Sunday.
Team World again has American flair with John Isner (22nd place) and Reilly Opelka (19th place). Isner, who won the prestigious Miami Open title in 2018, was crowned champion in Atlanta this summer before reaching the semi-finals at the Canadian Open in Toronto. That year, Opelka – America's top-ranked player and the tallest in Team World – reached the final in Toronto and the semifinals in Rome, two of the tour's most important Masters events.
Her teammates include Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (No. 11), who reached the US Open semifinals in New York this month, and Denis Shapovalov (No. 12), who was also a key semifinalist at Wimbledon that year. Also in the team this year, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (No. 15) won the title in his home city of Buenos Aires and reached the quarter-finals of the French Open. Australian Nick Kyrgios (# 95) rounds out the list and, although he didn't travel to many events during the pandemic, traveled six individual Tour Championships in his career and was ranked up to 13th.
Russia's newly crowned US Open champion Daniil Medvedev (No. 2) heads a Team Europe line-up that includes four of the top five singles and six of the top 10. Medvedev's extraordinary season includes reaching the Australian Open final and winning the title in Toronto. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (No. 3) won Masters championships in Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Lyon, France; and reached the semi-finals of the French Open that year. The German Alexander Zverev (No. 4) won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Masters titles in Cincinnati and Madrid and reaching the French Open and US Open in the semifinals.
Andrey Rublev (No. 5) won the ATP Cup for Russia together with Medvedev in February and was a finalist in Cincinnati and Monte Carlo this season. Also in Team Europe, the Italian Matteo Berrettini (No. 7) reached the quarter-finals of all four majors in 2021 and made it to the final at Wimbledon. The Norwegian Casper Ruud (No. 10) completes the field and has won four ATP titles this year and at the same time reached the semifinals in Madrid and Monte Carlo.
McEnroe's younger brother Patrick, who led the US Davis Cup squad for the 2007 Davis Cup championship in Portland, is Vice-Captain of Team World. Thomas Enqvist was also the captain of the Swedish Davis Cup championships in 1997 and 1998 and will be vice-captain of Team Europe that year. Both were vice captains of the Laver Cup in 2019.
Live schedule for the Laver Cup 2021 from Tennis Channel
Friday September 24th: 12: 30-17: 00 Day Session (two singles); 6-11 p.m. Night Session (single, double)
Saturday, September 25th: 12:30 – 17:00 Day Session (two singles); 6 p.m. – 5 p.m. Night Session (single, double)
Sunday September 26th: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. day session (doubles, three singles)
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