EASTBOURNE, England – The Laver Cup is coming to Canada in 2023.
Vancouver has been selected to host the annual exhibition, which takes place right after the US Open.
The 2023 event will take place Sept. 22-24, at the Rogers Arena.
The organizers also announced that Berlin will be the site for the 2024 edition.
In an initial stroke of *brilliance*, the organization released the news just after … midnight, Vancouver time. Well done!
Here is Roger Federer’s reaction (and a pretty good fake on knowing something about Vancouver).
Federer, of course, plans to make his return to play after more than a year away at the 2022 edition in London.
It will be the first time Canada hosts the event, which will have its fifth edition this year.
Montreal was reportedly on the short list for the 2021 event, which ended up taking place in Boston.
Will Federer hit Vancouver in ’23?
No doubt he’ll try; his management company, Team8, is heavily invested in the event and even if he doesn’t play, you’d expect him to be there to gladhand.
Here are some other official quotes.
From Tennis Canada CEO Michael Downey:
“We are excited to see the Laver Cup come to Canada in 2023 and are delighted that Vancouver has been chosen to showcase the Europe versus the rest of the World team competition. This will be the first time the World team, which includes Canada, will host the Laver Cup outside the United States. Vancouver is a great tennis city and one of the world’s top tourism destinations so a most worthy choice for the prestigious Laver Cup.”
From Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks:
“This is a city which clearly loves tennis and has a strong participation in the sport. Rogers Arena is one of the premier sports and entertainment facilities in all of North America and is the perfect fit for a global tennis event like the Laver Cup, which has been a sellout competition since 2017.”
You’d expect both Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime to be front and centre for the 2023 event (not that they haven’t already been on the Laver Cup “Team World” radar.
It’s a great event for Vancouver, which doesn’t have an ATP or WTA Tour-level event but has shown its interest in supporting several Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties.
It’s also home to a ton of tennis players.