As Team Europe won the Laver Cup over the weekend, Swiss tennis star Roger Federer took to Twitter to reveal that he had enjoyed the experience.
“An unforgettable week with Team Europe at the first #LaverCup...” Federer tweeted.
And, in truth, it was. Well, at least for team Europe.
Team Europe managed to defeat a World combined team 15-9 during the weekend and Federer is not the only tennis great that has said more events like the Laver Cup are necessary for tennis to keep drawing large crowds.
New Yorker John McEnroe said that events like the Laver can only open up the game of tennis to a wider audience.
"I hope they take a step back and realise that this is something important and could be really good for tennis," he said.
"I think it's going to spark something. To me they should take a look at putting these things together.
"I think the ATP made a mistake not realizing that this was going to be big,
“I tried to tell them. The way it panned out was amazing, I wish I could've played.
“Ultimately the credibility of the Laver Cup will depend on all the highest qualified players make themselves available, which would not have happened this year regardless of injuries.”
So, is the Laver Cup going to become similar to golf’s much loved Ryder Cup?
Maybe so, but only if it gets wider investor interest and/or capitalises on continental rivalries to draw in massive TV revenue and crowds.
That’s not to say that its opening event was a flop, both as a sporting competition or financially, but it’s certainly lacking something.
The Ryder Cup’s great strength is that it feeds on the golfing rivalry between the USA and Europe – which has been around for nearly a century.
Take a look at Federer's brilliant thread about the tournament below.
The Ryder Cup took off in 1927 and was originally between the USA and Great Britain, which eventually became a competition between the Americans and Europeans from 1979.
Perhaps Prague will prove to be the same launching pad for the Laver Cup as the Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts was 90-years-ago for the Ryder Cup.
Feasibly, but will it? As with all things, time will tell.
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