After the sensational debut of tennis's superstar exhibition competition last year, the Laver Cup returns in 2018 surrounded with more anticipation than ever.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev lead Bjorn Borg's Team Europe as they attempt to defend their title from Team World, captained by the McEnroe brothers and highlighted by Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson and Nick Kyrgios. 

The 2018 Laver Cup is live from Chicago's United Center from 21-23 September.

Laver Cup Live Streaming

The 2018 Laver Cup will be broadcast via Sky Sports and Amazon Prime in the UK from 21-23 September, with play live from 1pm local/7pm BST. 

Bookmaker bet365 are also offering customers the opportunity to watch live streams of matches alongside in-play betting.

Watch and bet on Laver Cup tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)

How to watch & bet on Laver Cup tennis

1. Visit the bet365 website

2. Sign into your account or register for a new one

3. Select Live Streaming

4. Select 'Tennis’ from the ‘All Sports’ dropdown menu

5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for Laver Cup tennis, live from Chicago from 21-23 September 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a funded account or have placed a bet in the last 24 hours in order to watch tennis; geo-restrictions apply. 

Laver Cup tournament schedule

Laver Cup Teams 2018

Team Europe 2018

Champions at the inaugural Laver Cup 12 months ago in Prague when founder Roger Federer and long-time friendly nemesis Rafael Nadal steered them to victory, Team Europe must try to retain their title in the more hostile surroundings of Chicago when the 2018 Laver Cup begins on Friday 21 September.

Roger Federer
Surely a man who needs no introduction, 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer was one of the guiding spirits behind the creation of the Laver Cup to honour his idol, 'Rocket' Rod Laver.

Now 37 years old, Federer remains as formidable as ever, winning his third Grand Slam in the space of 13 months when he took the Australian Open title and going on to recapture the world no. 1 ranking in the spring after winning his 97th career title in Rotterdam, becoming the oldest man to hold the top spot in the history of the ATP World Tour.

Federer's other 2018 highlights include the 250 title in Stuttgart and runner-up appearances at the Indian Wells Masters, Gerry Weber Open in Halle and Cincinnati Masters.

Alexander Zverev
21-year-old Alexander 'Sascha' Zverev continues to be the most accomplished member of his generation and returns to the Laver Cup in 2018 as the third highest-ranked player in the competition, behind Federer and Team World's Juan Martin del Potro.

Zverev won his third Masters 1000 Series title in Madrid in 2018 as well as picking up titles in Washington and Munich, finishing runner-up at Masters 1000 Series events in Miami and Rome and achieving a personal milestone with a first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros. He recently added tennis legend Ivan Lendl to his coaching team, although the move didn't pay immediate dividends as he lost in the third round to compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Novak Djokovic
Team Europe's major new signing in 2018 - in all senses - is Novak Djokovic, the 14-time Grand Slam champion who continues to break records and achieve the seemingly impossible.

After a prolonged stretch of personal and physical issues following the completion of the career Grand Slam at the French Open in 2016, Djokovic recently returned to the winners' circle in style when he captured his fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Rafael Nadal in an epic semifinal which was the second longest in the tournament's history. Djokovic went on to complete the 'career Masters Slam' in Cincinnati, winning the 31st Masters 1000 Series title of his career and becoming the first and only man to have won all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Series events. The Serbian sensation wasn't done there, going on to capture his 14th major crown at the U.S. Open, conquering Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in the final.

Grigor Dimitrov
Making his Laver Cup debut in 2018, Grigor Dimitrov is currently ranked world no. 8 after winning the biggest title of his career at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in 2017.

The Bulgarian rose to a career-high ranking of world no. 3 as a result and was runner-up to Federer in Rotterdam earlier in the year, but he has struggled for form ever since, suffering opening round exits at Wimbledon and the US Open to Stan Wawrinka.

David Goffin
Another Team Europe debutant in 2018, Belgium's David Goffin rose as high as world no. 7 in the rankings after becoming one of the few players to beat both Federer and Nadal at the same event when he ousted both legends from the Nitto ATP Finals before falling short in the finals against Dimitrov.

Victim of an unlucky eye injury in Rotterdam in February which troubled the early months of his season, Goffin recently showed signs of getting back on track in 2018 with a semifinal run at the Cincinnati Masters and a fourth round finish at the US Open.

Kyle Edmund
The second-youngest member of Team Europe at 23 years (second only to Zverev), Kyle Edmund joins Djokovic, Dimitrov and Goffin in making his debut at the competition in Chicago in 2018.

After rising rapidly through the rankings in 2017 and overtaking the injury-troubled Andy Murray as British no. 1, Edmund's true breakthrough on the global stage came at the Australian Open in January when he made a surprise run to the semifinals despite being unseeded, ousting Kevin Anderson and Dimitrov on the way. After reaching the final of Marrakech and the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters, the British player, whose game is distinguished by a very heavy and powerful forehand, has risen as high as world no. 16. 

Bjorn Borg (captain)
11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg returns to captain Team Europe after successfully steering them to victory in 2017, defeating Team World 15-9. Now 62 years old, Borg, who retired in 1983, spent 109 weeks at world no. 1 and with six French Open titles, including four won in a row between 1978 and 1981 - and three 'Channel Slams', i.e. back-to-back Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles, in 1978-80 - his achievements were unparalleled until the age of Federer and Nadal.

Thomas Enqvist (vice-captain)
An Australian Open finalist in 1999, Thomas Enqvist steered Sweden to two Davis Cup titles and was ranked as high as world no. 4 before retiring in 2005.

Laver Cup 2018: Team Europe at a glance

PlayerCountryRanking*2018 titles2018 finalsLaver Cup win-lossSingles win-lossDoubles win-lossPoints won
Roger FedererSwitzerland23 (Australian Open, Rotterdam, Stuttgart)2 (Halle, Cincinnati)3-02-01-07
Alexander ZverevGermany43 (Madrid, Washington, Munich)2 (Miami, Rome)2-02-00-04
Novak DjokovicSerbia62 (Wimbledon, Cincinnati)1 (Queen's Club)----
Grigor DimitrovBulgaria801 (Rotterdam)----
David GoffinBelgium1000----
Kyle EdmundGreat Britain1601 (Marrakech)----

*rankings correct as of 22 August 2018

Team World 2018

Captained by the McEnroe brothers, Team World must bid to win their first ever Laver Cup title in surroundings hopefully more friendly to them than last year's Prague setting - will the crowds at Chicago's United Center get behind them?

Juan Martin del Potro
Leading Team World into battle in 2018 is a debutant in the competition: New world no. 3 Juan Martin del Potro.
The popular 'Tower of Tandil' is the only Grand Slam champion Team World can boast, having won the US Open back in 2009, and despite two lengthy absences from the sport due to tendonitis in both wrists which required multiple surgeries, has continued to build a great career. In the wake of his most recent injury break, which saw him miss virtually all of 2014-15, del Potro has won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, steered his country to its first Davis Cup title, made semifinals at the US and French Opens and won the first Masters 1000 Series title of his career at Indian Wells.

Kevin Anderson
Another first-time Laver Cup contestant who comes in at a career-high ranking, Kevin Anderson became the highest-ranked man in South Africa's history, reaching world no. 6 after two Grand Slam final appearances in the past 12 months - the US Open in 2017, and Wimbledon in 2018 where he ousted Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and then John Isner in the semifinals in what was the longest men's semifinal in the tournament's history.
The 6'8" veteran also won the New York Open in 2018 and finished runner-up in Acapulco and Pune.

John Isner
American no. 1 John Isner, currently ranked world no. 11, put on a strong display at Laver Cup in 2017 when he beat Rafael Nadal in singles and overall earned six points in three matches played, and Team World will no doubt be hoping to draw on his experience of the format in 2018.
Playing some of the best tennis of his career at the age of 32, Isner claimed his first Masters 1000 Series title in 2018 when he beat Alexander Zverev in the Miami final, and had a memorable run at Wimbledon, where he lost to Anderson 24-26 in the fifth set of the longest men's semifinal in Wimbledon history, a match that lasted six hours and 36 minutes.

Diego Schwartzman
After the giants of del Potro, Anderson and Isner, the gaze travels downwards sharply to the fourth man on Team World, 5'7" Diego Schwartzman.
Known as 'Peque' because of his diminutive stature (at least where modern men's tennis is concerned), Schwartzman nevertheless punches well above his weight, or at least his height. The 25-year-old world no. 13 has made the fourth round or better at three of the last four Grand Slams, and won the biggest title of his career at the Rio Open in February.

Jack Sock
Alongside Isner, Sock is the second member of Team World to be appearing in Laver Cup for the second consecutive year and will be hoping to improve on the four points won in four matches he managed in 2017.
The 25-year-old Nebraskan with the famously heavy topspin forehand ended 2017 on a high, winning his maiden Masters 1000 Series title in Paris and qualifying for the season-ending championships for the first time, reaching the semifinals. But 2018 has been a more difficult season for Sock, who has won just five singles matches this year and comes into the US Open on an eight-match losing streak. 
Sock's doubles skills - he is a three-time Grand Slam champion in doubles, winning his second Wimbledon title in 2018 with Mike Bryan - will be a key part of Team World's strategy.

Nick Kyrgios
Returning to Laver Cup after a memorable debut in 2017 which included an unforgettable three-set tussle with Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios is the sole representative at Laver Cup of the great tennis nation of Australia, and the youngest member of Team World at 23.
Currently ranked world no. 30, Kyrgios continues to struggle with injuries which seem to get in the way of him realizing the potential contained in his devastatingly powerful game. His best results in 2018 were winning the 250 Brisbane International in January and reaching back-to-back semifinals at the grass-court events in Stuttgart and at Queen's Club.

John McEnroe (captain)
Better known these days as a pundit and 'personality', John McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles including three at Wimbledon during his playing career and spent 170 weeks as the world no. 1. The left-hander was also part of a Davis Cup winning team on five occasions.

Patrick McEnroe (vice-captain)
Former Davis Cup captain for the USA, the younger McEnroe brother reached a career-high ranking of world no. 28 and steered an American team to the Davis Cup title in 2007. He was also a former Australian Open semifinalist.

Laver Cup 2018: Team World at a glance

PlayerCountryRanking*2018 titles2018 finalsLaver Cup win-lossSingles win-lossDoubles win-lossPoints earned
Juan Martin del PotroArgentina32 (Indian Wells, Acapulco)2 (Auckland, Los Cabos)0-0---
Kevin AndersonSouth Africa51 (New York)3 (Wimbledon, Acapulco, Pune)0-0---
John IsnerUSA112 (Miami, Atlanta)02-11-11-06
Diego SchwartzmanArgentina131 (Rio)00-0---
Jack SockUSA18002-20-12-14
Nick KyrgiosAustralia301 (Brisbane)02-11-11-03

*rankings correct as of 22 August 2018

About the Laver Cup

The brainchild of Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick, the Laver Cup was created in 2018 by Federer's boutique management company TEAM8, Brazilian businessman and former professional Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia.

Billing itself as an annual team competition in men's tennis unlike any other, the Laver Cup in some regards models itself upon the Ryder Cup, with a 'Team Europe' taking on a 'Team World', comprised of players from anywhere other than Europe. The first edition of the Laver Cup featured players from nine different countries, with that number increasing to ten in the second edition in 2018. So far, the only countries to field multiple Laver Cup players are the USA (four in 2017 and two in 2018) and Argentina (two in 2018). 

The tournament is named after tennis legend Rod Laver who won 200 singles titles during his career, which spanned the amateur and Open Eras. Laver played a significant role in winning five Davis Cup titles for Australia, was ranked world no. 1 and won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, including twice completing the true Grand Slam - winning all four major titles in a single season. The second time he did this, in 1969, remains the only time a man has achieved this feat in the Open Era. Laver is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of tennis. 

The Laver Cup is played annually in late September, two weeks after the conclusion of the fourth major of the year at the US Open, with the location rotating. Six-man teams face off in 12 matches over the course of three days - nine singles and three doubles, with the number of points awarded for each match increasing each day.

Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe served as team captains for the first three editions, with Thomas Enqvist of Sweden serving as Team Europe's vice-captain while Patrick McEnroe took that role for Team World.

The inaugural edition of the Laver Cup was held in Prague in 2017. Team Europe, led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, beat Team World 15-9. The 2018 Laver Cup will be played at Chicago's United Center from 21-23 September 2018.

Laver Cup format & scoring

The Laver Cup is played according to a format unique in tennis. 

Team Europe and Team World, with each team consisting of six players, play 12 matches against each other over the course of three days.

Four of the six players qualify according to ATP World Tour singles rankings, with the 'cut-off' the day after Wimbledon finishes. The remaining two are 'captain's picks' made at the discretion of the team captains (currently Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe).

There are three doubles matches and nine singles matches played over the course of the competition. Each match is played as the best of three sets, but the third set consists of a 10-point match tie-breaker.

Each player on the six-man team plays at least one singles match during the three days, but no player can play more than two singles matches over the course of the competition, and at least four of the players on the team must play doubles - but the same pairing cannot play more than once, unless the score reaches 12-12 on day three.

The winning team must reach 13 points to claim the Laver Cup title.

If the score is tied after all 12 matches are played, a final deciding doubles match is played.

Each match win is worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday and three points on Sunday.

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