DSPORT, Sports channel by Discovery Communications India, has acquired the exclusive India broadcast rights of the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup. The new premier tennis tournament, conceived on the lines of golf’s Ryder Cup, will see tennis legends from Europe battle it out against a star-studded Rest of the World team.
The Laver Cup will be played every year, two weeks following the US Open, except in the year of Summer Olympic. The Czech city of Prague will play host to the first edition of the three-day tennis extravaganza. The tournament will feature legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who will team up with Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Thomas Berdych to take on a Rest of the World team that comprises rising superstar Denis Shapovalov, former US Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner and Sam Querry.
The Laver Cup, is named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver, widely regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. The Laver Cup is a joint initiative between tennis great Roger Federer’s management company Team 8, Brazilian businessman and former Davis Cup player Jorge Paulo Lemann, the USTA and Tennis Australia.
For the inaugural edition of the Laver Cup, yesteryear tennis icons John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg will captain Team World and Team Europe Respectively.