ROLAND GARROS – The O2 Arena will lose the ATP Tour Finals after this final year, as it moves to Turin, Italy.
But a small consolation prize was announced Friday as the Laver Cup – via the PR folks from Tennis Australia – announced in a release that the 2022 edition would take place at that very site.
The dates are Sept. 23-25, 2022.
The 2020 edition, set for Boston, Mass., was cancelled because of the pandemic and rescheduled for 2021.
Originally, the Laver Cup concept called for hosting the event in big cities that did not generally get big-time tennis.
The first edition was in Prague, then Chicago, then Geneva and, this year before the cancellation, Boston.
London would, you know, not qualify on those criteria.
Press release quotes
(Editor’s note: These are always the best! Perfect grammar, never neglect to mention a sponsor. They’re too good to be true!)
Laver Cup CEO Tony Godsick: “We’re so excited to be bringing the Laver Cup to London, a city steeped in tennis heritage. “The British fans love their tennis and the Laver Cup is like nothing they have seen before.”
Roger Federer: “London has always held a special place in my heart and it’s going to be incredible to bring the Laver Cup to one of my favourite cities in the world … I know the British fans will love the way the Laver Cup brings together the top players in the world while paying respect and recognition to the legends of our game.”
O2 a great tennis venue
The O2 has proven itself as a great tennis venue with the ATP Tour Finals. So it looks like another win for the Laver Cup.
The British tennis fans have shown they’re keen to pack the place to see the best (male) players in the world, although this obviously is a different format, and the top eight may well not be there.
(The Laver Cup is a joint initiative between TEAM8, Tennis Australia, the USTA and Jorge Paulo Lemann and is part of the ATP Tour calendar.
The Laver Cup is supported by Founding Partner Rolex and Global Sponsors Credit Suisse and Mercedes-Benz).