Will 2021 be the year that Team World takes down Team Europe in the Laver Cup?
Both teams got a close look at one another on Wednesday when they gathered for group portraits in front of the Boston skyline at LoPresti Park.
Team Europe brings six of the Top 10 players in the FedEx ATP Rankings to Boston, led by three former Nitto ATP Finals champions: recent US Open winner Daniil Medvedev, World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Alexander Zverev. Russian Andrey Rublev, Italian Matteo Berrettini and Norwegian Casper Ruud join Medvedev in making their Laver Cup debuts.
“It feels great. I’ve never been to the city, so really looking forward to seeing a little bit. Obviously focussing more [on] playing,” Berrettini said upon his arrival in Boston. “Excited for the event, excited for the city.”
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Team World is hungry to earn its first overall win in the event’s fourth edition. Laver Cup veterans John Isner of the United States, Australian Nick Kyrgios, Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Canadian Denis Shapovalov will try to lead the charge alongside World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime and American Reilly Opelka.
“First time in Boston, also first time playing the Laver Cup,” Auger-Aliassime said. “Super-excited to be with all the team. Hopefully we put on a good show and we get Team World’s first win.”
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