Vancouver and Berlin have today (Wednesday) landed host city rights to the 2023 and 2024 editions, respectively, of men’s team tennis tournament the Laver Cup.
The Canadian and German cities have landed the rights following what has been described as a comprehensive and competitive bidding process, operated by UK agency The Sports Consultancy. The news comes as preparations ramp up for this year’s event, which will take place at The O2 in London on September 23-25.
The Laver Cup will be staged at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena from September 22-24, 2023, while Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena will host the event from September 20-22, 2024.
Laver Cup CEO Steve Zacks, who forged the agreements with officials in both cities, said: “We’re delighted to bring the Laver Cup in 2023 to Vancouver, a beautiful city which is renowned for hosting major sporting events. It will also be our first time coming to the West. And then in 2024 we look forward to staging the event in Berlin, one of the coolest cities in Europe.
“Both cities are exceptional, progressive destinations with incredible facilities and a rich cultural heritage, along with thriving tennis communities. We look forward to making more Laver Cup history in Vancouver and Berlin.”
The three-day Laver Cup competition pits six of the best players from Team Europe, captained by tennis legend Bjorn Borg, against six leading players from Team World, led by Borg’s professional rival, John McEnroe.
Played on a black indoor court, the Laver Cup debuted in Prague in 2017 and has since rotated destinations between Europe and the world, staged in Chicago in 2018, Geneva in 2019 and Boston in 2021.
In September 2020, The O2 softened the blow of the impending departure of the ATP Finals by landing the Laver Cup. Boston’s staging of the 2021 Laver Cup was originally due to take place at TD Garden in 2020 only to be postponed due to COVID-19.
“Seeing the world’s best players meet on centre court here in Vancouver brings a whole new level of tennis to our city,” said president and CEO of Destination Vancouver, Royce Chwin. “Vancouver is raising our game in attracting top tier sporting events to our city and the Laver Cup is another exceptional competition to add to the schedule.”
Berlin’s staging will be the first time an international men’s tennis event has been held at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Iris Spranger, Senator for the Interior, Digital Transformation and Sport, said: “Hosting this outstanding tennis event in Berlin demonstrates the international appeal of this sports metropolis. We are looking forward to seeing the world’s best tennis players participate in Berlin and to celebrate this unique event with national and international guests.”
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