Zverev, Thiem & Fognini To Play For Team Europe In 2019 Laver Cup
On Friday, the Laver Cup announced that Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, World No. 5 Alexander Zverev and Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini will join Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on Team Europe at the Laver Cup this September in Geneva. Only one spot on the team remains.
“Being part of Team Europe at Laver Cup in Prague was an unbelievable experience. It’s so unique being on the same team as the players you are usually fighting against across the net,” Thiem said. “When we played together in Prague (in 2017), Rafa and Roger cheered me on from the side of the court and gave me tactics for the matches. It was cool to have such legends of the game supporting me. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the Laver Cup again.”
Zverev, the reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion, triumphed in Geneva in May for his first ATP Tour title of the season.
“Laver Cup is one of the most fun weeks of my year,” Zverev said. “Winning in Prague and Chicago as part of Team Europe has been unbelievable. There’s a team spirit and team atmosphere that’s unlike any other. I can’t wait to get together again and defend our title.”
Fognini, who cracked the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings this week to become the oldest player to do so for the first time since 1973, will compete at the Laver Cup for the first time.
“I’m very excited to be playing the Laver Cup in September,” Fognini said. “Playing as part of a team is special in tennis, where we are more used to having a one-on-one battle every match. I’m looking forward to competing alongside all the great players on Team Europe.”
Team Europe Captain Björn Borg, is looking forward to working with his team.
“I’m delighted to have Dom (Thiem) back in the team. He was a great player for us in Prague and his form is outstanding, as we saw recently in his run to the final at Roland Garros,” Borg said. “Sascha (Zverev) is not just one of the rising stars of the game, [but] he’s a great team player and loves this competition. Fabio is renowned for his passion and has had an incredible season and I have no doubt he’ll make a great contribution to the team.
“This talented group of players, alongside Rafa and Roger, two of the greatest players of all time, gives us an incredibly strong team and I believe we are in a very good position to win the title for a third time.”
The third edition of the Laver Cup will take place at the Palexpo, Geneva, from 20-22 September 2019. Team Europe hoisted the trophy at the inaugural event in Prague in 2017 and in Chicago in 2018. Team World Captain John McEnroe will announce his first team members in the coming weeks.