Laver Cup Ridiculous Line-Ups

Greatgatsby

Semi-Pro
World: Isner, Raonic, Kyrgios, Shapovalov, Sock, Fritz
Europe: Nadal, Federer, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Fognini
Tennis Warehouse: Greatgatsby, BTURNER, Bartelby, Don Lobb,

Seriously I don't think my team would do much worse. I know the 4 of us would love to have our butts handed to us on international television. Can't speak for the others but as long as Federer covers my travel and lodging expenses I will not need any other compensation.
 
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ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
Almost only servebots and/or error machines in Team World. Anyway, there is really no point in this "competition" and never was.

There would be many other ways to make an interesting exhibition. Even the IPTL was much more fun.
 

tonylg

Rookie
Europeans grow up playing on clay.

Baseline bots and serve bots are the only successful players in the age of poly strung butterfly catchers.

Who else would you put on team world?
 

tacou

G.O.A.T.
For how badly Federer clearly wants this to succeed, I'm surprised he can't get over the Team Europe dream and figure out a more competitive setup. I loved the first edition and the genuine passion it brings out in the players is unique, but lopsided results will kill interest quickly.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
No Medvedev? But Sock and Fritz are there? I liked the first two editions, but this 3rd one looks stupid.
Medvedev doesn't want to be involved in a dog and pony show like Laver Cup.

I have watched it a few times to get a feel for the event, but I won't be watching again.
 
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hipolymer

Hall of Fame
For how badly Federer clearly wants this to succeed, I'm surprised he can't get over the Team Europe dream and figure out a more competitive setup.
I can think of one: put all the young guns on one side of the court, and Fedal on the other.
First to not fall asleep winss

wait, you said competitive right? drat
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
Bartleby would prefer not to play, but he will.

Expect major confrontation with Nadal re shot clock.

Expect major confrontation with Krygios re infantile behaviour.

Expect him to tear strips off Federer's lousy Uniqlo clothing.

(Would anyone like to buy autographed strips?)

World: Isner, Raonic, Kyrgios, Shapovalov, Sock, Fritz
Europe: Nadal, Federer, Thiem, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Fognini
Tennis Warehouse: Greatgatsby, BTURNER, Bartleby, Don Lobb,

Seriously I don't think my team would do much worse. I know the 4 of us would love to have our butts handed to us on international television. Can't speak for the others but as long as Federer covers my travel and lodging expenses I will not need any other compensation.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Bartleby would prefer not to play, but he will.

Expect major confrontation with Nadal re shot clock.

Expect major confrontation with Krygios re infantile behaviour.

Expect him to tear strips off Federer's lousy Uniqlo clothing.

(Would anyone like to buy autographed strips?)
Can we expect him to jump into Federer's arms after the final point is played?
 

The Blond Blur

Professional
I didn't know Raonic still played tennis...Good for him.

But seriously, this format is beyond idiotic. If you look at the live rankings, 15 of the top 20 players are from Europe (and only one player Glasshikori is in the top 10). And this is supposed to be a competition? There is literally no speculation on which team will win since the deck is stacked astronomically in the favor of team Europe. To put things into perspective, it's like watching the 1992 dream team just dominate the daylights out of any country unfortunate enough to cross paths with them.

They need to change things up. Have Mac and Borg draft their players so it's like fantasy Davis Cup. That way the teams are more balanced, and there is actual strategy in match ups instead of just sending some poor sap to get dominated by a top 10 player.
 

Robert F

Semi-Pro
Went last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sock was clutch for the double points

But it has gotten even more lopsided.
The fact you have Foginini, Raonic and Fritz is not good for the event nor the future of tennis. Isner's stats make sense for being picked, but he is not an entertainer.

I worry for the event when Fed stop playing the event 10 years after he retires.
 

Max G.

Legend
Yeah, they should narrow it down some. Maybe vary up the geographic divisions.

Everyone loves watching Federer and Nadal play doubles together, but watching them play doubles against each other would also be awesome, and if the overall event were closer matched it would be more fun.
 

zep

Hall of Fame
Is Nadal seriously going to play it after the USO he had? Hope he doesn't get injured.
It was a pathetic decision right from the beginning, now after that epic final it looks even worse. Maybe he has some quid pro quo with Federer and Federer will help him out in some other ways IDK, he certainly doesn't need the money. I just hope that he only plays doubles.
 
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Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
LC has really gone wrong this year. I think it had potential, but the way it is set up is so lopsided that it's become a parody of what was already almost a parody. Djokovic's absence does not help, and by now everyone would like to see Medvedev who would surely help the other team. Did they not invite him?
 

Greatgatsby

Semi-Pro
For how badly Federer clearly wants this to succeed, I'm surprised he can't get over the Team Europe dream and figure out a more competitive setup. I loved the first edition and the genuine passion it brings out in the players is unique, but lopsided results will kill interest quickly.
The ladies Wightman Cup ceased to serve a purpose when the Brits could no longer field a competitive team.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
Rafa said he couldnt walk after the US open final. Very stupid decision from him to play LC.
I think people underestimate the social aspect of getting together with other players and being able to do things other than compete. Obviously Nick loves this, but I think the others do more than we realize. Being part of a team is a very different feeling, even if it is temporary and more exho than real event.
 
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