During Thursday's Laver Cup press conference, John McEnroe expressed his love for the event and the atmosphere on the race weekend. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were unable to take part in the tournament this year.
The Swiss and the Spaniard are recovering from some physical problems, while the Serbian is resting after failing the assault on the Grand Slam. Former North American tennis legend said: "I have always loved events of this kind, having played several team sports as a child.
I loved the Davis Cup and gave it a really huge meaning. Speaking of which, I think the Laver Cup brings something new to the table for our sport, which is fantastic. It is nice to be a coach for a weekend and observe how the relationships between the various players are articulated, who in the rest of the year are opponents of each other."
Roger Federer's contribution was crucial to the success of the event. McEnroe added: "Rod Laver was my biggest idol. Roger Federer is obviously a sports artist who needs no introduction. It is thanks to him that this splendid event began.
I think there is no longer any doubt that this is a successful experiment." The fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which is taking place at the TD Garden in Boston, has officially started. The demonstration was canceled last year due to the effects of the pandemic.
The event, conceived and commissioned by Roger Federer together with his Team 8 agency, was held for the first time in 2017 and became part of the ATP calendar starting from 2019. Two teams compete for the trophy, Team Europe and Team World, led by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe respectively.
The Swiss Maestro, who has always idolized the exploits of Rod Laver, intended to pay homage to him with an event that would follow the legendary Ryder Cup.
Simona Halep and Darren Cahill splitted
Simona Halep's last two seasons have been affected by a series of injuries that have prevented her from competing in some of the most important tournaments of the WTA Tour.
Suffice it to say that only this year, the former world number one was forced to miss two out of four Grand Slams (Roland Garros and Wimbledon, ed) and to see her preparation for the US Open partially compromised. The Romanian came back to the court at the National Bank Open in early August after a three-month break.
At Flushing Meadows, Halep nevertheless found a way to overtake players like Camila Giorgi and Elena Rybakina, before giving up in the round of 16 against one of the best versions of Elina Svitolina. The Australian Darren Cahill led Lleyton Hewitt to become the youngest ATP No.
1 ever. He also worked with Andre Agassi in the last period of his career, in which he returned to the top of the 2003 ranking. Thinking about her future and her upcoming engagements, in the last few hours, Halep has decided to end her collaboration with Darren Cahill.
The two started working together in 2015, but due to some family problems, the Australian left his client at the end of 2018. It is only in 2020 that the working relationship between the two has found a ne w continuity; a continuity, unfortunately, has already vanished.
Recall that Halep won her first Grand Slam in Paris under the technical guidance of Cahill. The former ATP World No.22 is one of the most popular coaches on the circuit. The Australian has in fact collaborated with some of the best players on the Tour.
Also thanks to his contribution, Lleyton Hewitt, for example, managed to reach the top of the world ranking. It is also impossible to forget his collaboration with Andre Agassi. "After six wonderful years of working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided it's time to end our working relationship," the two-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter.