USTA partners in Laver Cup
September 9, 2016
Flushing Meadows, NY — The USTA today announced that the organization has become a partner in the Laver Cup, the new annual men’s team tennis competition named in honor of tennis legend Rod Laver. They will team up with event creators Tennis Australia, TEAM8 and Jorge Paulo Lemann in this new endeavor.
The Laver Cup is a three-day team competition pitting a team of six of the best tennis players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world. For the first three years Bjorn Borg will captain team Europe and John McEnroe will lead The World. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have committed to compete in the inaugural Laver Cup, which will take place from September 22-24, 2017, at the O2 arena, in Prague, Czech Republic.
Organizers announced their commitment to hold the second Laver Cup in 2018 in the United States at a site to be determined. The event will return to the U.S. on a rotating basis.
“Sports truly transcends borders,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams. “We believe the Laver Cup will become one of the pre-eminent tennis events in the sport and will bring an exciting new tennis competition to U.S. fans.”
“We are pleased to welcome the USTA as a partner in the Laver Cup, and to announce that the 2018 Laver Cup will be held in the USA,” said Tony Godsick, CEO of TEAM8. “The USTA adds experience and resources to the team that will benefit tennis fans around the world.”
The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.