What is it?
The Laver Cup, which was announced in August 2016, is tennis’s answer to golf’s Ryder Cup and pits Team Europe against Team World. It is one of a number of new tennis events that has sprung up in the last few years to shake up the conventional tennis calendar, such as the Next Gen ATP Finals and Tie Break Tens.
When is it?
The inaugural Laver Cup will take place on Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.
Where is it?
The O2 arena in Prague, on an indoor hard court.
How can I watch it?
Sky Sports will be showing the event.
How will it work?
The competition (named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver) will see a team of the six best players from Europe against six of their counterparts from the rest of the world. Four of each team’s players are chosen based on the world rankings, and then both team captains are allowed two wild card picks.
The Laver Cup will be held across five sessions over three days. On Friday and Saturday the day session features two singles matches and the night session features a singles and a doubles match
The deciding session on Sunday will feature from one to five live matches – as many as necessary to determine the winner.
Matches will be the best of three sets, with the final set a ‘champions tie-break’ of first to 10 points. If the teams are tied at the end of the first 12 matches then a final best of one set doubles match will be played.
On Thursday, the team captains will submit their lineup cards for Friday’s matches to the referee in a blind exchange, with match-ups revealed at an on-court ceremony.
For days two and three, one captain will submit his card blind in the morning for the opposing captain to review before selecting his players.
As the hosts, the Team Europe captain will choose which day he wants the home advantage and submit his playing lineup after reviewing Team World’s selection
Each match on Friday is worth one point, two points per match are up for grabs on Saturday, and three points for each match on the crucial deciding Sunday
The first team to reach 13 points will win the inaugural Laver Cup, with the doubles decider played if the scores are level at 12-all on the final day.
Each player must play at least one singles match, and a minimum of four of the six players must play doubles. All players will sit on court watching their team-mates’ matches.