The US city of Chicago has won the rights to stage the Laver Cup, an international tennis competition that pits Team Europe versus the rest of the world.
The inaugural event in Prague this weekend has thrilled tennis fans around the world and Team Europe has enjoyed incredible home support. Team World will have the home court advantage come September 2018 and will count on the energy of the passionate Chicago sports fans.
Chicago has a long and proud sporting history but has not hosted a major tennis event in more than 25 years. One of the last matches to be played in the city was a final between John and Patrick McEnroe, the current captain and vice-captain of Team World.
Tony Godsick, President and CEO of TEAM8, said he was excited to bring the Laver Cup to the United States: “On behalf of our partners Tennis Australia, USTA, and Jorge Paulo Lemann, it’s my honor to announce that we are bringing this special event to the great sports city of Chicago and the amazing tennis fans of the American midwest.”
“We had discussions with a number of U.S. cities eager to hold the second Laver Cup, but in the end, Chicago was the clear choice.
“Chicago has not hosted a major tennis event in more than 25 years,” Godsick added. “We are going to make sure their wait was worth it.”
The Laver Cup is a three-day event pitting six of the greatest players from Europe against six of their greatest rivals from the rest of the world in a unique tennis format that has captured major global interest during its unveiling this weekend.
President and CEO of the United States Tennis Association and Laver Cup partner Katrina Adams is also looking forward to hosting the event in 2018.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled coming off an incredibly successful inaugural Laver Cup to be hosting this event in the United States next year,” Adams said.
“It’s personally thrilling for the Laver Cup to be coming to my home town of Chicago. To be associated with the legacy of the United Center and working with their team will allow us to showcase this event and attract more players to our sport for a lifetime,” he added.
The Laver Cup will take place at the United Center, one of the largest arenas in the USA with a capacity of 23,500, from September 21-23, 2018.