LAVER CUP: CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN TENNIS
Geneva, September 18, 2023– Established in 2017 with Rolex as the founding partner, the Laver Cup is an annual three-day men’s team competition that brings together six top European players against their counterparts from the rest of the world, following a format similar to The Ryder Cup golf event. This year’s event will be held from September 22-24 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
The Laver Cup is considered a highlight of the tennis calendar, providing a unique opportunity for the world’s best players to be guided by a legendary figure in the sport as a non-playing captain. It exemplifies team spirit and showcases another side of sporting excellence, echoing the core values and philosophy of Rolex.
The competition takes place every September, two weeks after the conclusion of the US Open, which is the final Grand Slam tournament of the season. The previous four editions were held in Prague, Chicago, Geneva, and Boston, with Team Europe emerging as the winners on each occasion. However, Team World ended this winning streak and claimed their first victory in London in 2022.
The 2023 edition of the Laver Cup will feature two members of the Rolex family: Stefanos Tsitsipas, who has had a successful record in his three appearances at the event, and Taylor Fritz, who returns after contributing to Team World’s victory last year.
Tennis legend Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion and Rolex Testimonee, played a crucial role in the establishment of the Laver Cup, which is named after fellow Testimonee Rod Laver. Laver is widely regarded as one of the greatest competitors in the game, being the only player to have won the men’s singles title at all four Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year, not just once but twice.
With Laver as the figurehead of this innovative competition, another Rolex Testimonee and 11-time Grand Slam champion, Björn Borg, has been captaining Team Europe since the inception of the event, reviving his famous rivalry from the 1980s with fellow tennis legend John McEnroe, who has been captaining Team World. Both will continue in their roles as captains for the 2023 edition.
THREE DAYS, FOUR GENERATIONS, 12 MATCHES
Each team comprises six players, with three automatically qualifying based on their ATP ranking and the remaining three selected by their respective captains. The competition is condensed into three intense days, featuring three singles matches and one doubles match per day. The matches follow a best-of-three-sets format, with a 10-point super tiebreaker being played in the event of split sets.