Tennis launches Laver Cup


Tennis has started its own Ryder Cup-style team event, announcing the launch of an annual Laver Cup on Friday.

Men from Europe will face the best from the rest of the world over three days in singles and doubles, starting in September 2017.

The six-person teams, led by a legend of the sport from each region, are set to be made up of four via the ATP World Tour rankings and two captain's picks, with the inaugural edition of the event set to be staged in Europe.

That is similar to golf's Ryder Cup, played biennially between Europe and the United States.

Australian tennis great Rod Laver, Team8 president and CEO Tony Godsick, Tennis Australia (TA) president Steve Healy and TA chief executive and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley were in attendance on Friday.

"I am deeply honoured that Team8, Tennis Australia and Jorge Paulo have seen fit to give my name to this wonderful new development in tennis. I can see this becoming a very important part of the experience of being a top global player, with the world's best longing to earn the right to participate and thriving in this style of competition," Laver said.

"It's so good to see the sport of tennis finally develop a proper counterpart event to the Ryder Cup. It will be fantastic for both players and fans, and it's a crowning privilege for me to be associated with this new competition."

Each day is set to see three singles and one doubles match played, with each contest played in the best-of-three sets.

If the event is tied through three days, a doubles match will decide the winner.

Laver is regarded as one of the sport's greats, winning 11 grand slam singles titles in the 1960s.