Laver Cup: what motivates them??

Federev

Legend
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
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ak24alive

Legend
Money doesn't make you emotional.
It's the competitive spirit they have inside them that makes them emotional.
Because of all these trophies and records we tend to forget that the real reason behind sports is to bring out that competitive spirit and to bring out the best in people.
 

Milehigh5280

Professional
Of course the money helps, but I think the team element is a huge factor. Besides Davis Cup and the few players who played in college these guys have almost never played in an environment like this. Being a top singles tennis player is rewarding, but how much fun do they really have during training and matches? There's a reason they call it a grind and many players burnout. Laver Cup allows the players to cut loose and have fun that they wouldn't be able to have during a regular tour event.
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?

Money motivates them to play ALL the time as it’s their chosen profession. Professional tennis players are in it for the money, otherwise why train everyday and travel the world ??
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?

Yeah, I'm sure there was a monetary enticement to draw them there. I also think that it's a chance for each of them to be part of a team (however temporary) and without all the pressure of winning for their country. I also think that there's something to be said with spending time with some of your rivals in an exciting, but ultimately less important atmosphere. Although the Europeans are generally more harmonious than the Americans, I think most of the players - from both teams - enjoy that team feeling they don't get on the regular tour.
 

Tennease

Legend
Such a disrespect towards the old tennis tradition. Some of the players refuse to play in Davis Cup, yet take the front seat in Laver Cup.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?

23.500 x $600 = $14100000. $600 per seat was average, some seats in 100 section was more, and 300 section were less. but that is about average price per seat and they were saying all seats were sold out.
 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
23.500 x $600 = $14100000. $600 per seat was average, some seats in 100 section was more, and 300 section were less. but that is about average price per seat and they were saying all seats were sold out.
No f’in way anybody is paying $600 for that crap

It’s Federer’ Baby. You can tell everyone is trying hard to act like they care for his sake. And in return, he pays them well.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
No f’in way anybody is paying $600 for that crap

It’s Federer’ Baby. You can tell everyone is trying hard to act like they care for his sake. And in return, he pays them well.
Seats in 100 section, lower tier at united center(NOT even box seats) were selling for $700-1000 per seat. and 200 section upper tier was selling for $400-600 range per seat. and seats up top 300 section way up there were going for $80-200 per seat.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
This number is hard to believe. Where did you get those numbers?

Sorry actually I was Wrong. There were 5 sessions and they were saying all sessions were sold out. So there are 23,500 seats in the stadium. I Averaged ticket price to be $600 per seat, they ranged from $80 to $1000 per seat. so it is actually $14100000 x 5 sessions which is Grand Total take home pay for Federer is $ 70,500,000. Of course from that $70 million dollars ,, you have to pay the players and pay the United center rental cost. and also grounds crew to set up the tennis courts and all that.

Oh and don't forget,, they charge the sponsors and advertisers millions for having their name connected with the event so that probably adds about 20 million more to the figure
 

True Fanerer

G.O.A.T.
Everything has a starting point and critics that will always get in the way. Someone has to be willing to go out there and stick their neck out for it and roll the dice. Laver Cup is alright with me. It's for fun mostly and there's nothing wrong with that. Everyone playing has a chance to be a part of history if everything works out. Who would've ever thought the AO would be such a cool event like it is now 30 years ago? Many examples throughout history where someone took a chance at something. I've been a little skeptical of it myself, but really it was pretty enjoyable and a nice change for just a weekend out of the year. Hope it stays around.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Obviously money But it's also the lack of pressure. They're getting huge $ for doing very little whether they win or lose. Their record and h2h remain untouched. They get to see basically get the best hitting practice partners in the world in a non combative environment.
 
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?

Fedr
 

TU87

Rookie
I do believe that they enjoy the camaraderie between each other on the team. Most of the time they have to view each other as enemies because they are fighting for the same trophy each week. In this event they get to cheer for each other, I do believe they enjoy that. Listen to any professional in a team sport and they talk about the bond between their teammates.
 

Fabresque

Legend
Being on the same team with guys who you’ve called rivals on the court and friends off the court is a really new and interesting feeling for them.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I think the team aspect is underestimated by many doubters. These guys must love being part of a team in a primarily singles sport.

And if it's meant to stick around, it could be a great event in 20-30 years. I'm not saying 5th slam, but I always thought it was supposed to be like the Ryder Cup in golf. Now I don't watch golf ever except maybe the Back 9 on Sunday at the Masters, but I do know the Ryder Cup is an emotional event for all the players that many of them love to win. If LC becomes something like that because the players that kicked it off the ground showed some real emotion, and didn't just hit and giggle, then tennis will be much better for it.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?
Murray
 

oldmanfan

Legend
I do believe that they enjoy the camaraderie between each other on the team. Most of the time they have to view each other as enemies because they are fighting for the same trophy each week. In this event they get to cheer for each other, I do believe they enjoy that. Listen to any professional in a team sport and they talk about the bond between their teammates.

Good point. This is why individual sports, especially tennis, are so tough. It's just 'you' out there. You can only fight, or lose. There is no safety net. LaverCup provides them this safety net. AND, it's fun! Competitive matches between the best of the best while in a team environment? What more could you ask for?
 
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RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
It is definitely not the money. Those guys have reached the point where money is not too important, cause they already have plenty.

I think it is the fact that you are a team and you have your guys watching you and supporting each other. But also it is part of promoting the event and make it seem very important for the viewers but also those who usually don't watch tennis. I think it is a combination of these two things.
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
I think you guys over-value ATP points. Theyre really something that only exists for comparison's sake, and seeding purposes. On the day itself, no one cares if one guy has 10 more ATP points than the other. Its just a thing. When youre playing tennis, you want to win, not lose. Yes, I think the reason theyre there is to make money, but obviously they all make a good amount of money already. Their main motivation is they want to win. And who doesnt? :eek:
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
No ATP points.

Another event in an already crowded calendar.

I like it a lot - fun to see the Avengers v the Justice League - so I can see why fans enjoy it

But what about the players? Why do they get so emotional about it?

Its like - the players are really intense.

What is motivating them?
Lots of money, lots of applause, lots of fun.

Tennis is normally a lonely sport. Top players travel with a whole team of men, and that helps today. That may be the number one reason why careers are extended.

Think of how it used to be like when All Time Greats had to travel by themselves, especially when they got to be older and they all had families.

They did not have nannies, or easy transportation, cell phones, computers, tablets. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to live that way.

For a guy like NK, the Laver Cup is a godsend. He Is very extroverted and loves to be around people, so being on a team is perfect for him. He is an extreme case, but I think other top players feel pretty lonely at times.

A great deal of fame is not the same as having a lot of friends, which is why so many famous people suffer from depression.
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
Laver Cup: what motivates them??

It was not only about the money, you materialistic people! Haven’t you seen?
The joy of bromance.
The fun of acting in front of cameras.
Playing without the pressure of real tournaments
The fist clenching pictures

What motivates them?
Nothing better to do at home?

Well, just my 50 cents.
 

icedevil0289

G.O.A.T.
I mean obviously first and foremost, I don't think anyone is going to deny that $$$ is a factor, I mean ffs especially for the alternates who most likely don't have to play but still get something for being the best cheerleaders *shout out to chardy and verdasco*

but I also think some severely underestimate the power of a bunch of guys in a competitive environment. just look at Edmund's transformation as the days went on, team Europe the closer it got to the cup and the more intense it got, the celebrations got louder and I know some people think that is scripted/fake but I think if it is one thing that is not fake is the team spirit and the energy that comes with that.

team world have a few people who are already friends and some who have played in that team environment. iirc as others have mentioned nick thrives in it ( I actually would believe him if he said this was his favorite event of the year, which I think he did) and isner, sock have been part of the event last year and had team experience along with tiafoe so it is not that hard to get people hyped up.
 
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Nostradamus

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Laver Cup: what motivates them??

It was not only about the money, you materialistic people! Haven’t you seen?
The joy of bromance.
The fun of acting in front of cameras.
Playing without the pressure of real tournaments
The fist clenching pictures

What motivates them?
Nothing better to do at home?

Well, just my 50 cents.
Wouldn't it great though if they said Every player on winning team got 1000 points each and losing team players get 0 points. That would a big time motivation right there
 
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