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Laver Cup 2019: Sock and Fritz confirmed for Team World squad

Leye Aduloju in News 11 Sep 2019
  • Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz have been included in the Team World Squad for the 2019 Laver Cup.
  • The Laver Cup is live from Geneva from 20-22 September
Jack Sock and Nick Kyrgios are again be part of the Team World squad at the Laver Cup.

Americans, Jack Sock and Taylor Fritz have been added to Team World's squad for the 2019 Laver Cup, as they attempt to win the title for the first time this month.

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Team Europe claimed the first two Laver Cup titles in 2017 and 2018. The 2019 tournament will be staged in Geneva Switzerland from September 20-22.

Sock joins the Team World squad for the third straight season, while Fritz is playing the tournament for the first time. The announcement comes after South Africa's Kevin Anderson pulled out of the event, having shut down his season due to a persistent knee injury.

“I know Kevin is disappointed he can’t play Laver Cup this year – he was fantastic in Chicago – and we all wish him the very best with his rehab and look forward to seeing him back on the court soon,” Team World captain, McEnroe said.

Sock and Fritz join John Isner, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios and Denis Shapovalov on the Team World roaster, while a strong European team includes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini.

Former world No. 8, Sock has been a key component of Team World in the last couple of years, especially in doubles, where he owns a very impressive 5-1 record. He is 0-2 in singles matches.

“Jack has been our MVP for the past two years and I’m delighted he’ll be joining us in Geneva this year”, McEnroe said. 
“We’ve got to be strategic, Team Europe is going to be tough to beat. For us, doubles has been very important over the past couple of years. We’ve won the great majority of our doubles matches and obviously Jack was a big part of that”. 
“He’s one of the best doubles players in the world, tremendously versatile and a great team player – it’s an environment he thrives in. I think he may very well be the key to success for us in Geneva.”

Sock has missed majority of the 2019 season due to a hand injury, as he only just returned from a six-month lay-off in July's BB & T Open in Atlanta. He is 0-4 in singles matches this year. The American has fared a bit better in doubles, with an 8-5 record, partnering Jackson Withrow to reach the quarter finals in Atlanta and the fourth round of the US Open.

Sock peaked at No. 8 in the singles rankings at the end of 2017 after winning the Paris Masters and qualifying for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, but he had a disappointing 2018, tumbling out of the top 100 following a 9-22 win-loss record. His injury problems in 2019 have further dragged him down the rankings, with the 26-year-old currently sitting at No. 208 in the world. He will hope to reignite his season, and his career with a good showing in the more relaxed setting of the Laver Cup.

“I look forward to playing Laver Cup every year and experiencing the amazing team atmosphere and camaraderie. It’s probably the best atmosphere any of us have ever played in”, Sock said. 
“I’m fortunate to be playing with some of my best friends on tour, we all get on really well and have a lot of fun. You know the other guys have your back out there, they’re supporting you, watching your whole match, it makes you want to play your best, and I think it happens and can make a huge difference”.

Fritz, by contrast, is enjoying his best ever season, peaking at a career-high No. 25 at the start of August after reaching the final in Los Cabos. The world No. 30 had earlier picked up his maiden tour-level title in Eastbourne, while he made another final in Atlanta, and a semi-final in Lyon. The 21-year-old is 26-22 for the 2019 season.

“Taylor Fritz is having the best season of his career, he’s shown some blistering form this year, and had a rapid rise up the rankings to hit a high of World No. 25,” McEnroe said. “Taylor is one of the young guns to watch in world tennis. He’s only 21 years old, he gets on great with all the guys and he’ll be a great addition to the team in Geneva.

The Laver Cup is live from Geneva from 20-22 September.


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