Canada's Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, as well as Argentine Diego Schwartzman, have signed up to play the Laver Cup in September. Shapovalov, ranked at No. 10 in the world, made his Laver Cup debut in 2017 and also played at the event in 2019.
“I’m so excited to be back with Team World for another Laver Cup,” said Shapovalov. “I have great memories from both Prague and Geneva a couple of years ago. It was a lot of fun being on the team with guys that I’m normally facing across the net and of course having McEnroe as our team leader – it’s such an honor.
It’s definitely going to be a tough challenge for us, but I really believe if we all work together and play our best tennis we have a great chance”.
Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime hope to lead Team World to a win
Auger-Aliassime, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
15 in the world, is set to make his debut at the Laver Cup. “I feel so privileged to be representing Team World for the Laver Cup this year,” said Auger-Aliassime. “To be able to play in front of a full house at somewhere like TD Garden will be just incredible.
I’m also so excited to have a legend like John McEnroe in my corner – I’m sure I will learn a lot!” Schwartzman enjoyed playing the Laver Cup in Chicago three years and he is looking forward to again playing the event.
“The Laver Cup is such a great event,” said Schwartzman. “Playing in front of a full stadium at the United Center in Chicago back in 2018 was just incredible. I can only imagine, after the year we’ve all had, what the atmosphere will be like in front of a full capacity home crowd at TD Garden – it’s going to be incredible”.
Team World captain John McEnroe is delighted to have Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime and Schwartzman on the board. "We came so close to winning in Geneva," McEnroe said, "it hurt. It is a loss that we will remember for a long time.
We know it is not going to be easy to beat Team Europe, but I like our chances. All three of these players – Denis, Felix and Diego – compete hard, have beaten the best, and are at the top of the game, their records and rankings are proof of that. I have no doubt we will rise to the occasion. Bjorn and his team better be ready!”