Anderson, Isner, Raonic, Shapovalov Confirmed For 2019 Laver Cup
Nadal, Federer, Thiem, Zverev and Fognini to play for Team Europe
World No. 8 Kevin Anderson, No. 12 John Isner, No. 17 Milos Raonic and No. 27 Denis Shapovalov will line up for captain John McEnroe’s Team World at the third staging of the Laver Cup in Geneva this September.
McEnroe plans to keep a close eye on results over the coming weeks before naming his final two ‘Captain’s picks’ for the six-man team.
“Kevin and John were key to Team World’s near victory in 2018. And with Milos we add a big server who has beaten everyone on Team Europe more than once,” McEnroe said.
“Denis is my first Captain’s pick. He is a rising star that brings two more years of experience and growth since he played for me at the Laver Cup in Prague.
“We know Team Europe is incredibly strong but we are not coming to Geneva to lose. We’ve come very close the last couple of years, and the third time could definitely be the charm.”
At Laver Cup 2018, Anderson was a force to be reckoned with. He paired with Jack Sock to defeat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in doubles, and then overcame Djokovic in singles in a thrilling match tiebreaker. It took a stunning performance from Team Europe’s Alexander Zverev to stop his brilliant run in the deciding match. Anderson is looking forward to lining up for Team World once again.
“It was an amazing experience to play the Laver Cup last year in Chicago, a place that is so special to me,” Anderson said. “This format brings out the best in everyone, and we came so close to winning on day three.
“It was a privilege to team up with a high-quality group of guys and work together to try and win this trophy. The Laver Cup is more than just a new event – it honours one of the greatest players of all time, Rod Laver, and the sacrifices he and his whole generation made to give us the opportunities and careers we have today.
“I can’t wait to line up again in Geneva and go all-out to get the win for Team World.”
John Isner’s 2019 results include reaching the finals of the Miami Open, the semis in Acapulco and Delray Beach and is undoubtedly one of the top performers from the first two editions of the Laver Cup.
Last year in Chicago he put in a stunning final day effort, winning the doubles to put Team World briefly in front, and then immediately after pushed Federer to the limit in singles before finally succumbing 10-7 in a deciding match tie-break.
“The Laver Cup is one of the best events of the year, it is so much fun,” Isner said. “I’m excited to represent Team World for the third time in Geneva.
“Playing in Switzerland is going to be completely different to playing in Chicago. We are up against one of the greatest tennis teams ever, in the home country of one of the greatest players. It takes the home-court advantage to the next level. And Team World will be up for the challenge.”
Raonic worked with McEnroe in 2016, when he defeated Federer in the semis at Wimbledon on his run to the finals, and looks forward to teaming up with his former mentor again.
“I can’t wait to play the Laver Cup and be part of this unique team competition,” Raonic said. John McEnroe and I have a great relationship. It will be awesome to have his energy and passion courtside to spur us on.”
Shapovalov, who reached the third round of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau, reached a career high ranking of 20 in April and the 20-year-old anticipates Team World will be very competitive in September.
“If you’re competing against the world’s best players like Rafa and Roger, then Kevin, John and Milos are the perfect teammates to have on your side,” Shapovalov said.
“The Laver Cup has a whole unique atmosphere of its own. I loved every minute of Prague, and playing under Captain McEnroe. I can’t wait to compete for the cup again in Geneva.”
The star-studded Team Europe comprises World No. 2 and recent Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, No. 3-ranked Federer, Roland Garros finalist [No. 4] Dominic Thiem, [No. 5] Zverev and [No. 10] Fabio Fognini. Captain Björn Borg is expected to name the final team member in the coming weeks.
The third edition of the Laver Cup will take place at the Palexpo, Geneva, from September 20-22, 2019. Team Europe hoisted the trophy at the inaugural event in Prague in 2017 and in Chicago in 2018.