Team World and Team Europe are battling again at the 2023 Laver Cup held this year in Vancouver.
This year’s event does not have the emotional pull of last year when Roger Federer played doubles with Rafael Nadal for Team Europe.
The 2023 Laver Cup features a lot of young talent, and it was on display on Day 1, Session 1 of action.
Here are three highlights of the day when Team World jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
1. Ben Shelton’s Charisma
Ben Shelton is making his mark in his first year of Laver Cup competition.
In addition to unloading a 149-mile-per-hour serve, the lefty played great tennis in the opening match winning in straight sets over Arthur Fils.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) September 22, 2023
And for those wondering, he did bring back the phone call celebration that was a talking point at the US Open.
2. Francisco Cerundolo’s Forehand
Francisco Cerundolo’s monster forehand helped him to a straight-set win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 22, 2023
Cerundolo is the first South American to win a Laver Cup match since its inception in 2017.
3. Tennis Legends On Hand
In addition to the coaches, Team World’s John McEnroe and Team Europe’s Bjorn Borg, legends Rod Laver and Roger Federer are at the event.
A great night in Vancouver at the Laver Cup Gala with Susan, some dapper friends and one sparkling trophy. Today those young guys will be in blue and red suits fighting to win it. I cannot wait! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/dE8eswWHFY
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 22, 2023
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 20, 2023
The evening session includes a singles and doubles match.
Team Europe’s Gael Monfils takes on Team World’s Felix Auger-Aliassime followed by Team Europe’s Arthur Fils and Andrey Rublev taking on Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul.
The first team to reach 13 points wins the Laver Cup.
Team World is the defending champion.
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