Nadal joins Federer in committing to 2019 Laver Cup

Hannah Wilks in Laver Cup 13 Dec 2018
  • Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer at 2019 Laver Cup
  • Federer and Nadal successfully represented Team Europe at 2017 edition of the exhibition event
  • Laver Cup 2019 is live from Geneva, Switzerland from 20-22 September
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will team up once more at the 2019 Laver Cup (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal commits to playing Laver Cup alongside Roger Federer in 2019.

The Laver Cup announced on Thursday that 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will be appearing at the 2019 edition of the tournament. 

Founded by Roger Federer and his management company in 2017, the inaugural Laver Cup was played in Prague in the Czech Republic before moving to Chicago in the USA in 2018. The 2019 edition will take place in Geneva in Federer’s native Switzerland from 20-22 September.

Nadal is the first player, apart from Federer whose presence was virtually guaranteed given his central role in creating the event, to be announced for the 2019 edition of the exhibition event.

Federer and Nadal will reunite in representing ‘Team Europe’, who have beaten ‘Team World’ – comprised by players from anywhere outside Europe – both times the Laver Cup has been played so far. 

Nadal and Federer both played for Team Europe at the inaugural Laver Cup in Prague. Team Europe, captained by Bjorn Borg, eventually won 15-9 against a Team World which included John Isner, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov. Nadal and Federer teamed up to beat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in a doubles rubber on day two, and Nadal went 1-1 in singles matches before Federer, who had beaten Querrey in singles on day two, scored the crucial victory over Kyrgios on day three to seal the victory,

Nadal did not return for the 2018 edition, however, with Federer joined at the head of Team Europe by Novak Djokovic instead. Federer and Djokovic lost the doubles rubber they played against Sock and Kevin Anderson, but Team Europe still scored a resounding 13-8 victory.

‘I’m looking forward to playing the Laver Cup in Geneva next year and am very excited to be named in the team by our captain Bjorn Borg. I will do my best to live up to the great performances we had in Prague last year [sic],’ Nadal said.

‘The Laver Cup is a different event, it brings together players who are adversaries for all of the year, and it’s a wonderful experience to come together as a team, to work together, to help each other, and to get to know other players in a new way.’

Being able to bring Nadal back to the team in 2019 is a significant boost for the Laver Cup, especially with its post-US Open calendar slot being coveted by the revamped Davis Cup finals.

‘It doesn’t get much better for a captain than naming both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the Laver Cup in Geneva,’ Borg said.

‘Bringing together two of the greatest players, and rivals, the sport has ever seen together on one team is very exciting for our sport – and will give us the best possible chance to win the Laver Cup three years in a row.

‘When we first played Laver Cup in Prague, with both Roger and Rafa on the team, we knew it would be very special, bringing together two such great champions. But I think we all underestimated how powerful it would be to see them sitting side by side, coaching each other and cheering each other on, along with their teammates from the player bench.

‘We saw again the same special moments in Chicago, and how much this event means to the players. I can’t wait to see how the Laver Cup unfolds in Geneva as Team Europe regroups to defend our title.’ 

Federer said:

‘We’ve all been blown away by the success of the Laver Cup, which in just two years has become so special to all the players who’ve been involved from both teams.

‘I’m excited captain Bjorn has named both me and Rafa for Team Europe. We had a blast in Prague and it will be very special for me to team up with him again in Switzerland to try and defend our title.

‘John McEnroe has made it very clear how motivated Team World is to win and we’ll need to compete hard to stay undefeated. I know from lots of first-hand experience how tough it is to compete against Rafa and it’s a huge boost to our team to have him on Team Europe.’

The 2019 Laver Cup will be played at the Palexpo in Geneva on an unusual black court. 

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