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Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Kyle Edmund join Laver Cup lineup for 2018

Hannah Wilks in News 22 Aug 2018
  • The lineup for the 2018 Laver Cup is officially complete
  • Novak Djokovic joins Roger Federer on Team Europe while Juan Martin del Potro leads Team World
  • Kyle Edmund and Jack Sock the final captain's picks
Novak Djokovic, Rod Laver, John McEnroe and Juan Martin del Potro at the official player announcement for the 2018 Laver Cup (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)

The official player lineup for the 2018 Laver Cup is complete, with Jack Sock and Kyle Edmund named the final captain's picks.

With the addition of Kyle Edmund to Team Europe and Jack Sock to Team World, all 12 players for the 2018 Laver Cup have now been officially named.

The exhibition event was a huge success on its debut in Prague in 2017, with founder Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teaming up to lead Team Europe to a 15-9 victory over an American-dominated Team World.

Team Europe - Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych - with the Laver Cup in 2018 (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
The second edition of the Laver Cup will be played at Chicago's United Center from 21-23 September - but many of those who participated in the original event are not returning, including Nadal, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem. Tomas Berdych and Denis Shapovalov.

Team Europe will not be short on star power, however, with 13-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic joining Federer at the top of the six-man lineup. Djokovic, now back up to world no. 6 after returning to the winners' circle at Wimbledon, recently completed the 'career Masters Slam' when he won the Cincinnati Masters, meaning that there isn't a single big prize in tennis that he hasn't won (with the possible exception of an Olympic gold medal). 

Djokovic and Federer are almost guaranteed to play doubles together, as Federer and Nadal did last year - an enticing prospect given that the rivalry between the Serb and the Swiss has often seemed considerably less friendly than the one Federer shares with the Spaniard.

Alexander Zverev will once again be the youngest player on Team Europe. 

'It’s fantastic to have the chance to be teammates, supporting each other instead of competing against each other. This is a fun format and I’m excited to be playing the Laver Cup again,' the world no. 4 said.

In addition to Djokovic, Team Europe features three more debutants - world no. 8 Grigor Dimitrov, who is having a lacklustre season after triumphing at the Nitto ATP Finals at the end of last year; world no. 11 David Goffin, whose recent run to the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters suggests that he is returning to form after a freak eye injury earlier in the year marred his season so far; and world no. 16 Kyle Edmund, who will become the first British player to participate in the competition.

Australian Open semifinalist Edmund was the final player to be named and was chosen by Team Europe captain Bjorn Borg as his final 'captain's pick', the selection announced on the eve of the US Open, which begins in New York on Monday 25 August.

Kyle Edmund joins Team Europe at the 2018 Laver Cup (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
'I’m delighted to welcome Kyle to Team Europe as my final captain’s pick,' Borg said. 'Kyle is an outstanding young player who’s achieved some great results and big wins over top players. I’m also impressed with his meticulous and methodical approach to the sport and believe he will be a great fit with the team.

'Team Europe will be a force to be reckoned with in Chicago and we plan to mount a strong defense of our title. It’s an extraordinarily strong team, with Roger and his 20 Grand Slam titles, and Novak, with his 13 – it is very exciting. Roger and Novak have shared a rivalry over so many years so it will be remarkable to see them come together in the same team, and work together for the win.

'Roger and Novak are both incredible leaders in our sport and I expect them to inspire all the members of Team Europe in Chicago, it will be very special.'

Juan Martin del Potro withdrew from the 2017 Laver Cup but the Argentine, currently at a career-high ranking of world no. 3 after winning a maiden Masters 1000 Series title at Indian Wells in March and making the French Open semifinals, is expected to lead Team World at the 2018 Laver Cup.

Argentina will become the second nation after the USA to field multiple players at the same Laver Cup, with Rio Open champion Diego Schwartzman joining compatriot del Potro among the six-man lineup.

Despite the inclusion of 5'7" Schwartzman, whose nickname is 'Peque' due to his relatively diminutive frame, the keynote of Team World's lineup is height, with 6'6" del Potro joined by 6'8" Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson and 6'10" John Isner. 

Isner played at last year's Laver Cup as part of the losing Team World, as did Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock, who complete the Team World lineup. Sock is on an eight-match losing streak in singles and has won just five singles matches in 2018, but his doubles expertise is likely to be a key part of Team World's strategy - he recently won a third Grand Slam title in doubles, capturing Wimbledon with Mike Bryan.

'He’s the best doubles player in the world,' Team World captain John McEnroe said.

'He’s a great team player, as Nick [Kyrgios] is. I believe they’ll make each other better.'

With two Americans among them, Team World will be hoping for the lion's share of the crowd support at Chicago's United Center.

'There’s no way we want to let Team Europe win here, on our home turf, and they know it’s going to be tough,' Sock said. 

'We have an awesome team and I can’t wait to once again put aside our usual rivalries to play together. It’s going to be amazing.'

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