Players and tennis insiders are still raving about the first edition of the Laver Cup. The event provided great moments, entertaining showmanship and lots of emotion.
If we're debating the significance or otherwise of the Laver Cup, the players' actions have spoken louder than words.— Mike Dickson (@Mike_Dickson_DM) September 24, 2017
Nick Kyrgios filled a starring role for the underdog Team World, giving his unequivocal support and full passion. Of note, the dynamic Aussie showed a growing bond with captain John McEnroe, generations and styles aside.
Amazing week. Laver Cup is gonna be something that tennis needs. Team world ???? pic.twitter.com/KHkDGba2cB— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 25, 2017
This was the most epic thing I've been thru https://t.co/KfpSyaMokg— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) September 25, 2017
Kyrgios' teammate John Isner provided a shot of adrenaline by upsetting Rafael Nadal, and he chimed in with his enthusiastic thoughts.
Exhibition? You thought those last three days were an exhibition? An incredible event was born this past weekend https://t.co/hiZRSF4rkm— John Isner (@JohnIsner) September 25, 2017
For those who watched the @LaverCup , what did you think? So much F-ing fun if you ask me.— John Isner (@JohnIsner) September 24, 2017
The victorious teammates on Team Europe let their jubilation spill over like the champagne they sprayed. They paid tribute to making history with a unique event.
Todd Woodbridge and Darren Cahill who have rubbed shoulders with many champions gave high praise to the Laver Cup.
One of America’s most famous brother duo, John and Patrick McEnroe, captained the event, and they parted with fitting perspectives.
John McEnroe: "I think that the ATP made a mistake not realising that this thing was going to be a big thing"https://t.co/oGZTEEPxYg— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) September 25, 2017
Nobody was more honored than the great Rod Laver who opened the professional era with a calendar Grand Slam in 1969 (his second). He was moved by the 21st-century stars who played to respect his legacy.
Will this level of excitement continue in the years to come? Team World will host the next Laver Cup in Chicago in 2018, and the hope is that Federer, Nadal and younger stars will continue to be healthy and eager.
Maybe next time superstars Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka will join the event, and perhaps Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori can strengthen the Team World. Tennis may never be the same again.