Laver Cup

Laver Reveals Favourite Young Player: 'We're Going To See Him Win A Slam'

The Aussie shares if he still plays tennis
September 24, 2023
Ben Shelton and Rod Laver at the 2023 Laver Cup in Vancouver.
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Ben Shelton and Rod Laver at the 2023 Laver Cup in Vancouver. By ATP Staff

Ahead of Sunday’s Laver Cup action, Rod Laver answered fan questions on Twitter. The Australian was asked questions related to the past, present and future of tennis.

Who is Laver's favourite young player?

The 20-year-old Ben Shelton, who is No. 19 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, is one of the fastest rising stars in the sport. This time last year, Shelton was World No. 177. The lefty has enjoyed a breakthrough season, with a career-best run coming at his home Slam, where he was a semi-finalist.

Shelton was also a big part of Team World's convincing Laver Cup victory against Team Europe. The 2022 NCAA singles champion earned a singles victory in his Laver Cup debut and also earned two doubles wins, alongside Felix Auger-Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe. The 25-year-old Tiafoe is another player who Laver anticipates great success from.

Laver also shared what he enjoys the most about the Laver Cup.

What's the biggest difference between tennis now and when Laver played?

Is the 11-time major champion still playing tennis?

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