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Rising stars collide on opening night of the Laver Cup.

The draw for the inaugural Laver Cup was conducted in Prague today with a twist: Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg and World Team captain John McEnroe each submitted their player nominees unaware of their counterpart’s picks.

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Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic plays 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe on the all-black hard-court in tomorrow’s opener of the three-day event.



Lethal-serving American John Isner takes on Team Europe’s Dominic Thiem in tomorrow’s second singles. They’ve split two prior meetings.

“It’s just got a nice ring to it, the Laver Cup,” Isner said. “We don’t know what it’s going to be like until we get out there but we can say for certain that we’re all going to be fired up and wanting to win.

“There’s a lot on the line. It’s also the first time that this event has happened, so all of us have a great honor to go out there and put on a good show.”

In a rematch of the Montreal semifinals, world No. 4 Alexander Zverev will play talented Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Friday night’s singles match between two of tennis’ most exciting young talents.



“He’s an incredible player so it’s going to be tough,” Shapovalov said. “But I’m excited for it.

“I’m ready to get some revenge on this guy.”




In a surprise pairing, Borg nominated Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych, who have never played doubles together, against the World team pairing of friends and sometime partners Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios in the doubles match that will close opening night.



Each day four matches are played—three singles and a doubles. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a day and night session followed by a final single day session on Sunday.

Each match win will be worth one point on Friday, two points on Saturday, and three points on Sunday.

The first team to reach 13 points out of a total 24 points available will win the Laver Cup.

In the event of a 12-12 tie at the end of all matches, a fifth and decisive match will be played on Sunday will be played to determine the winner.


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