By Dick Johnson
Enchantment Sports Staff Writer
The first two years have been great, and it will be more of the same in the fall of 2019 for the third annual Laver Cup.
Next fall, the gorgeous lakeside city of Geneva — and home country of Roger Federer — will be the host.
Meanwhile, I’m still thinking about how classic the second one was in late September in Chicago — and what a wild weekend it made for TV.
Team Europe beat Team World 13-8, and many of the matches were thrillers.
It all made for one crazy, fun, and “manic” channel-changing rampage on my sports agenda, as it came the same weekend as Tiger Woods stirring win in the Tour Championship.
In what turned into the decisive — and tallest — match of the event, 6-foot-6 Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated 6-9 Kevin Anderson to clinch the Team Europe win.
The Laver Cup features the top male tennis pros and is divided into two teams: Team Europe, coached by the legendary Bjorn Borg, and Team World, coached by America’s “Bad Boy,” John McEnroe. The lineups favored Team Europe, as they were stacked with some of the top current players:
Team Europe: Roger Federer (world #2) Switzerland
Novak Djokovic (world #3) Serbia
Alexander Zverev (world #5) Germany
Grigor Dmitrov (world #8) Bulgaria
David Goffin (world #11) Belgium
Kyle Edmund (world #16) Great Britain
Team World: Kevin Anderson (world #9) South Africa
John Isner (world #10) U.S.
Diego Schwartzman (world #14) Argentina
Jack Sock (world #17) U.S.
Nick Kyrgios (world #27) Australia
Frances Tiafoe (world #41) U.S.
Both teams for the second year went all out, and many matches went to tie-breakers in the third sets Jack Sock stood out in doubles. Sock has slipped recently in singles, but there is no question that he is arguably the best doubles player playing right now. He has great hands and an awesome forehand (98-108 mph). It was wonderful last year to see the great Roger Federer team up with Rafael Nadal of Spain in doubles. Nadal is on the “injured reserve” list right now, so he was unable to participate in this year’s event.
This reporter was “flipping around” and watching Tiger Woods win a big one, one of my favorite teams, the Vikings, getting beat by former Wyoming star quarterback Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Whew, the channel changer was on fire! Throw in MLB and NASCAR, too!
The Laver Cup has been much more entertaining these past two years than the Davis Cup. Major changes for the Davis Cup are coming soon, too.
It was nice to see the legendary Rod Laver, my old boss, be there in Chicago to present the cup to the winning team in front of a large crowd (sold-out all three days) at the Barclay Center.
And next year in Geneva, Switzerland — and I would love to be there!
Well, Dick, Enchantment Sports can’t guarantee footing the bill for the Switzerland trip yet, but who knows?
Dick is the longtime coaching legend of the La Cueva boys tennis teams and one of the most well-known names in New Mexico coaching circles. To contact Dick with tips, story ideas or tidbits, email him at EnchantmentSportsNM@gmail.com