The Laver Cup is an international indoor hard court men’s team tennis tournament between Team Europe and Team World, the latter of which is composed of players from all other continents except Europe. Usually held annually since 2017, the tournament is intended to be the Ryder Cup of the tennis world. It normally takes place two weeks after the US Open, with the location rotating between various host cities (that usually do not have an ATP Tour event); alternating yearly between European cities and cities in the rest of the world. In addition to the guaranteed participation fees which are based upon the players’ ATP rankings, each member of the winning team gets $250,000 in prize money, but the tournament itself does not count towards the players’ point totals in the ATP Tour for that year. In May 2019, the Laver Cup became an officially sanctioned ATP Tour event.
Matches during the Laver Cup tournament differ from conventional 3-set matches played on the ATP Tour; in the event when the match is tied at one set all, a 10-point “match tiebreak” is played instead of a deciding final set. (This is to ensure that all matches conclude within a reasonable time frame of approximately 2 hours, whilst enabling 4 matches to be completed within a match day –that begins either at 1 pm local time for Days 1 & 2, or at 12 noon local time for the final Day 3 of the tournament– In addition, unlike conventional ATP tour matches, coaching of match participants is commonly applied courtside by teammates and team captains.