Laver Cup postponed until 2021

andrewhendrie in News 19 Apr 2020
Laver Cup Postponed
The Laver Cup has been postponed until 2021 (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Robin Alam/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

The Laver Cup has been postponed to 2021 due to calendar conflicts caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tournament organisers announced the Laver Cup will be held at Boston’s TD Garden from September 24-26, 2021.

Originally scheduled for September 25-27, 2020, the Laver Cup was forced to postpone their popular exhibition tournament this year after Roland Garros made the controversial and unilateral decision to move their Grand Slam to a start date of September 20.

That would have forced players to choose between the two tournaments – and due to the French Open’s Grand Slam status, the Laver Cup had no other option but to delay the competition until 2021.

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“We needed to make a decision now on our event,” Laver Cup Chairman Tony Godsick said. “We know our passionate fans will be disappointed that they have to wait an extra year for the Laver Cup in Boston, but this is the responsible course of action, necessitated by the emerging calendar conflicts.

“We wanted to call it now to provide certainty for our fans as well as our players, sponsors, broadcasters, partners, staff, volunteers and of course the great city of Boston. We thank them all for their unwavering dedication, hard work, support and understanding and we can’t wait to bring happier times to Boston in 2021.”

“Most importantly, all of our thoughts are with the massive number of people around the world impacted by COVID-19 and the incredible selfless people working on the front line keeping many of us safe.”

Roger Federer, who helped establish the Laver Cup with his Team8 Management company, said he was disappointed to postpone the competition, but conceded it was the right decision.

“It’s unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it’s the right thing to do for everyone concerned,” Federer said.

“Although disappointing, the good news is TD Garden will still be able to host the event next year and I really look forward to finally playing in Boston for the first time at Laver Cup 2021.”

Fans who have purchased tickets for the 2020 Laver Cup will be able to attend the competition in 2021 or receive a full refund.