Watching last week’s Laver Cup on TV – seeing the fantastic tennis play and enthusiastic team atmosphere from the world’s greatest players – was incredible. But what was it like to be there? Good friend, Willy Hoffmann tells us …
After watching the Laver Cup the last two years on TV, Helga and I decided this year to travel to Geneva, Switzerland to watch it live — a decision we will never regret.
I have been to many sporting events (World Series, Stanley Cup playoffs, World Cup Soccer, etc.) but this tournament can compete with all of them! The arena (Pal-Expo Center) seats 17,000 people and the event was sold out on all three days and it was rocking.
It was a fantastic atmosphere and although most of the fans were rooting for Team Europe and Roger Federer, they were very tennis knowledgeable fans and applauding Team World’s great players as well. We met people from the USA, Canada , Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Brazil among plenty of Swiss, Germans and Italians.
One Sided Victory?
Before we left Germany, some of my tennis buddies thought that Team Europe would win by a landslide; but to the contrary, Team World put out a very strong performance lead by Jack Sock , Taylor Fritz and John Isner and was on the brink of winning but in the last two matches Federer beat Isner 6:4 7:6 and Sascha Zverev was able to beat Milos Raonic 10:4 in a tiebreaker to win the cup (we really enjoyed that a match tiebreaker was played instead a 3rd set; which made it even more dramatic and a total of 8 matches were decided by match tiebreakers).
We saw great doubles and I couldn’t believe what a great teammate Kyrgios was. He was constantly at the bench encouraging his team mates, fetching water & towels also his playing was excellent and was only beaten by Roger in another breaker by 7:10. If the kid would play and behave like that all the time he would certainly be within the top 5 players on the tour another surprise was the young American Taylor Fritz who beat Dominick Thiem (ATP #5 ) 10:5 in a Match tiebreaker.
Unique Scoring System
Besides playing a match tiebreaker, the match scoring made it interesting too. Getting 1 point for a win the first day, 2 points on the second and 3 on the third day … each team had the chance to come back from a deficit. Team Europe was down 7-11 but winning the last two matches they made it 13-11.
It was three days of fantastic tennis — another item off my bucket list! And if you can make it to Boston next year … you should do it!!
What did you think of the Laver Cup?
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