The Laver Cup will be the scene of the biggest parade of tennis stars today, with the “Fab Four” on the European team. The first major comeback was that of Roger Federer: the Swiss, who has been out for more than a year, led the European team’s line-up with his last game at the 2021 Wimbledon edition.
After announcing the presence of the man who conceived the event, came the official status of another big comeback for the European team, namely Rafael Nadal. This is how a great rivalry and a great Laver Cup doubles pair is rebuilt at O2 in London: Fedal.
Not only great performances, but also an excellent debut: for the first time since 2017 (the year the tournament started), Andy Murray was announced as the third member of the Europa team. The takeover of the Brit, who will also play in his country, was expected to be the final entry that would complete the Fab Four lineup.
It was only after winning the Wimbledon final that the final announcement of Novak Djokovic entering the European ranks for the Laver Cup came. The four complete tennis players were only two pawns short of the European board.
The European team in the Laver Cup is completed by two top 10: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud. A return to the competition for both of them after their presence last year: both the Greek and the Dane featured in the most recent Laver Cup win, with the former being a key player in both singles and doubles.
So Europe has found its six main representatives; while the team for the rest of the world continues to recruit members. Only four members have been announced so far: Felix Auger Aliassime, Taylor Fritz, Diego Schwartzman and Jack Sock.
Michelle Kaufman talks about Nadal
Sportswriter Michelle Kaufman delighted tennis fans with a story about how she once spotted Rafael Nadal roaming the streets of Wimbledon all by himself. “Liz Clarke from the Washington Post and I used to rent an apartment together [to cover Wimbledon].
One of the greatest things about living at Wimbledon these weeks is that you really live in a tennis village,” Kaufman said. “You go around and you see commentators and players everywhere.
You are in the thick of it. There’s nothing quite like it, really. One day we go to the ground and in front of us we see a guy with a big tennis bag and it looked like Rafa Nadal. Just walk around. We were like, ‘You know, the guy really looks like Rafa.
But he wouldn’t just walk around town carrying his own clubs,” Kaufman said. “Because they provide players with drivers. Even if they stay only three blocks away, there is a driver to pick you up. We were so curious and walked very fast trying to catch up with the man. And he was.”