TENNIS CHANNEL TO PROVIDE COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE LAVER CUP ON SEPTEMBER 22-24
American US Open Stars Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, and Ben Shelton
Lead Team World Against Team Europe in Vancouver
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2023 – This weekend, Tennis Channel will exclusively broadcast the sixth Laver Cup competition, an annual all-star event that brings together the best players from Europe and the rest of the world. The tournament will take place from September 22-24 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The first match will be held on Friday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. ET (see complete schedule below).
Team World will have a strong American presence in 2023, with four out of its six active roster players coming from the United States. Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, and Ben Shelton, who all reached the quarterfinals of the US Open last month, as well as Tommy Paul, who made it to the round of 16, will be part of Team World. They will face off against Team Europe, which includes top 10-ranked singles players Andrey Rublev from Russia and Casper Ruud from Norway.
Tennis Channel has been the US broadcaster of the Laver Cup since its inception in 2017. This year, the network plans to show over 20 hours of live matches during the three-day event. Hall of Famer Jim Courier, along with former players Jason Goodall, Mark Petchey (@_markpetchey), Leif Shiras (@ShirasLeif), and Mark Knowles (@Knowlzee10s), will be part of the channel’s on-air team. During the Laver Cup this weekend, Tennis Channel Live will feature former player and major-winning coach Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) alongside reporter and author Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim). Tennis Channel anchor and announcer Steve Weissman (@Steve_Weissman) will host the program.
In addition to the American players, Team World will also include Felix Auger-Aliassime from Canada and Francisco Cerundolo from Argentina. Auger-Aliassime is ranked among the top 15 singles players in the world, while Cerundolo is in the top 25. Christopher Eubanks, an American having a successful year in 2023, and Milos Raonic from Canada, a 2016 Wimbledon finalist, will serve as alternates for Team World.
Team Europe, in addition to their top 10 stars, features fan-favorite Gael Monfils from France, known for his exciting shots and athletic on-court moves. Hubert Hurkacz from Poland and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina from Spain, both ranked in the top 25, as well as 19-year-old Arthur Fils from France, complete the squad.
The captains of Team World and Team Europe are legendary Hall of Famers, former on-court rivals, and friends. John McEnroe has been guiding Team World every year of the Laver Cup, while Bjorn Borg leads Team Europe. Their vice captains are Patrick McEnroe, who led the United States to their most recent Davis Cup championship in 2007, and Thomas Enqvist, a 1999 Australian Open singles finalist.
The Laver Cup, named after Rod Laver, the only player to win all four majors in the same year twice, rotates between a European city and a non-European host city each year. Team World won last year’s competition in London, with a final score of 13-8, after losing the first four editions. Team Europe emerged victorious in Prague in 2017 (15-9), Chicago in 2018 (13-8), Geneva in 2019 (13-11), and Boston in 2021 (14-1). The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The matches for this year’s Laver Cup will take place at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.
The scoring format of the Laver Cup is designed to create excitement as the weekend progresses. Each of the first two days features three singles matches and one doubles match. Matches on Friday are worth one point, while matches on Saturday are worth two points. Sunday includes a doubles match and a singles match, followed by one or two additional singles matches if necessary, with all matches worth three points. In the event of a tie, a final doubles competition is used. The first team to score 13 points wins the cup. Previous years have seen thrilling comebacks and intense battles on the final day due to the escalating scoring system.
Tennis Channel’s Live 2023 Laver Cup Schedule
Date Time (ET) Event
Friday, Sept. 22 4 p.m. Day Session (Two Singles)
10 p.m. Night Session (Singles, Doubles)
Saturday, Sept. 23 4 p.m. Day Session (Two Singles)
10 p.m. Night Session (Singles, Doubles)
Sunday, Sept. 24 3 p.m. Day Session (Doubles, Singles*)
*Two additional singles matches will be played on Sunday if needed, followed by a tiebreaking doubles competition if necessary.