Laver Cup should get more respect: McEnroe

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John McEnroe congratulates Bjorn Borg's Team Europe on their fourth straight Laver Cup success.
Camera IconJohn McEnroe congratulates Bjorn Borg's Team Europe on their fourth straight Laver Cup success. Credit: EPA

John McEnroe has slammed ATP Tour officials saying the Laver Cup should get more attention and the scheduling of regular tournaments that conflict with the three-day exhibition event is a mistake.

Captain Bjorn Borg's Team Europe clinched their fourth consecutive Laver Cup on Sunday by taking an insurmountable 14-1 lead over McEnroe's Team World.

"This is my personal opinion, but I don't think there should be any tournaments going on if they want to try to get to the level of a Ryder Cup, say. It's got to stand on its own," McEnroe said, referring to the team golf event that also was held over the weekend.

"It's not going to be like, 'Well, other players need to be able to play and ... get their points in Kazakhstan or wherever they are right now.' I just don't agree with that. I think it's a mistake by the ATP."

McEnroe pointed out that Roger Federer - whose management company is the driving force behind the Laver Cup - and Rod Laver - the 11-time grand slam champion for whom it's named - are involved.

"Yet it's difficult to sort of get, sort of, the respect that I think this deserves," McEnroe added.

"It tears me up."

Even without Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic on the roster this time, Team Europe won eight of the nine matches on a hard court McEnroe complained was too slow inside the arena that hosts the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins.

Tokyo Olympics singles champion Alexander Zverev of Germany and mixed doubles gold medallist Andrey Rublev of Russia beat American Reilly Opelka and Canada's Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-7 (7-4) 10-3 in a doubles match tiebreaker to open Sunday's play.

Zverev and Rublev were joined on Team Europe in 2021 by US Open champion Daniil Medvedev of Russia, French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini of Italy and Casper Ruud of Norway. All six are ranked in the top 10.

Team World included Australia's Nick Kyrgios, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, American John Isner, and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, at No.11, the highest-ranked member of the roster.

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