Laver Cup 2021 - Rublev and Medvedev On Team Europe?

Bubcay

Professional
Is it just me or are both Medvedev and Rublev (Russians) on the wrong team? Shouldn't they be on team World realistically since they're not European......
Russia is in Europe, and in Asia. A big chunk, including a capital city is in Europe. Moscow is among the world's largest cities, being the largest city entirely in Europe, the largest urban area in Europe, the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and the largest city by land area on the European continent. So, yes. They belong in team Europe.
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
Why does Israel have to do that?
To put it as neutrally as possible, there were issues with respect to some other middle eastern countries' teams when Israel played in Asia. Furthermore, the Israeli culture is much more European than it is Asian so it works better that way anyway. Israel also takes part in other European events like Eurovision and the Euro cup amongst others, which further shows its connection to Europe in a cultural sense.
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
To put it as neutrally as possible, there were issues with respect to some other middle eastern countries' teams when Israel played in Asia. Furthermore, the Israeli culture is much more European than it is Asian so it works better that way anyway. Israel also takes part in other European events like Eurovision and the Euro cup amongst others, which further shows its connection to Europe in a cultural sense.
You put it very mildly there. Israel is surrounded by countries that want to destroy it. It is impossible to organise any sporting events with what is basically countries that are either at war with Israel or with populations that are very antagonistic.
 

El_Yotamo

Hall of Fame
You put it very mildly there. Israel is surrounded by countries that want to destroy it. It is impossible to organise any sporting events with what is basically countries that are either at war with Israel or with populations that are very antagonistic.
I did say that I was speaking as neutrally as possible. I don't wanna incite any sort of political argument on a tennis forum so I kept my interpretation as an Israeli out of it :)
 
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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
Alaska was once part of Russia also until they sold it off, so at one point Russia expanded from Eastern Europe to Canada.
 

Visionary

Professional
European Russia extends from Central to Eastern Europe, spanning roughly 40% of Europe's total land area with over 15% of its total population
European Russia is home to 80% or 4/5th of Russia's total population.
Where the population is plays an important factor in the decision here. But imagine if there was a sudden migration and those 80% would shrink to 30-40% as Russians would flock to their opportunities in Siberia, Kamtchatka and the city of Vladivostok. This, perhaps, is more likely in Russia to happen one day as it is in Turkey where the eastern part is too mountainous for population. Just hypothesizing here. Daniil and Andrey clearly are Muscotives which is in Europe.
 
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