By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday October 7, 2021
The Laver Cup has received over legions of tennis followers in its four-year historical past. And we are able to add a number of prime gamers to that record as effectively. So what’s it concerning the competitors that causes gamers to embrace it so willingly, particularly at the present time of packed calendars and the “each man for himself” mentality of the ATP Tour.
Based on Stefanos Tsitsipas, camaraderie is the reply. The Greek says having the prospect to spend every week on the identical group of a few of his prime rivals is a welcome change from the depth and competitiveness of the each day on the ATP Tour.
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“I feel group competitions are vital for our sport and we do not actually get to be united loads,” Tsitsipas instructed Tennis Now throughout his pre-tournament press convention at Indian Wells. “We all the time sort of give attention to ourselves and give attention to our group, our surroundings and that is what you often see when you find yourself on the tour, you see all of the gamers doing their very own factor, not a lot socializing occurring and it is probably not the identical in different sports activities, so it is nice to have the ability to witness and see that change a bit of bit.”
Tsitsipas says breaking bread and hanging out along with his Workforce Europe rivals is a refreshing shock that he loved very a lot.
“At Laver Cup all of us get to have dinners collectively, all of us get to hang around with one another, and it is simply such a pleasant factor, it fulfills you, it makes you are feeling actually good, and I actually want we had extra of that,” he mentioned. “In fact all of us have our competitiveness and we sort of really feel like if we get caught round we would share an excessive amount of with each other, I assume that is the mentality behind it, however on the finish of the day it is that connection we’re all missing, it is each single man for himself, and that is not the case for Laver Cup and that is what Makes it stand out a lot, and I feel most of us would agree that it is top-of-the-line occasions of the 12 months.”