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Any thoughts on this?  Do you prefer it to the Davis Cup or has it yet to find its feet?

Personally I enjoyed what I was able to see of Denis Shapovalov v Alex Zverev.  Denis gave him a run for his money!  I'm sure lots of people will be interested in the Nadal/Federer doubles match up.
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I think the competition will probably be successful but it'll take time for it to get off the ground.  I quite like the black tennis court!  Yes Shap did well, he's definitely a rising star.  It's quite unusual to see Fed and Rafa on the same side of the court, I think the match went well.
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I think it will take off too.  My first thought was "do we need another tournament in such a crowded year?" - after all, we're losing a lot of people to injury, but then I remembered the Olympics and how much I enjoyed those games.  Admittedly, Andy winning helped!
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I think it is just another form of exhibition to show off the 'top' players. I think there are too many tournaments as it is. Davis Cup is enough.
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Yes, Tamila, I think that's a fair point.  Money talks?
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Not really sure what the point of the Laver Cup is. Seems it is happening again next year in Chicago. I'm bothered that players complain about the ATP and Davis Cup schedule and then sign up to an event that those involved have repeatedly claimed is not an exhibition event.

This year the big selling point was the Nadal and Federer doubles pairing. What sells it in the future? What gap is it filling in the schedule? Why have doubles specialists and female players been excluded?

Obviously Andy wasn't involved this year, but I'd be bery disappointed if Andy doesn't play Davis Cup next year, but then does play the Laver Cup.
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It doesn't look genuine to me. Players encouraging each other just because they are put in a team "world"? Should Borg decide which players play together as they suggest while everybody knew Nadal and Federer would play doubles together?
Even de scoreline is a reason for doubt with some 3 setters to suggest some tension. Last but not least, Team Europe had al top ten players except de injured players (big difference with de red team).
Lots of people liked it a lot, but its not my thing.  It's just a show.
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There was an interesting article about the Laver Cup in the Telegraph suggesting that the ITF have a rethink about the Davis Cup and use some of the ideas to liven up the event and encourage the players to take part.  I tried to post a link but the article didn't come through.
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I have listened to some of the Tennis Podcast and they really had a big debate on it.  Also with Simon Briggs of The Telegraph.  There was a lot of stuff to consider - way more than I realised when I started this thread!  The challenge to the Davis Cup was on my mind though, so I think it could be good from that point of view.
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As somebody who didn't watch any of this maybe I shouldn't comment, but my feeling is that this could be an event too far in an already packed schedule unless somehow we can do away with the DC.
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^  I really don't think the Davis Cup is any danger and I hardly think we can "do away" with it - as you put it  shocking  The Davis Cup has been running for years, the Laver Cup is very new - I'm sure the Davis Cup will run for years, although they may perhaps alter the format one day.
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^  I really don't think the Davis Cup is any danger and I hardly think we can "do away" with it - as you put it  shocking  The Davis Cup has been running for years, the Laver Cup is very new - I'm sure the Davis Cup will run for years, although they may perhaps alter the format one day.
Sorry, bit of brain disconnection there!  I meant alter its format to make it less strenuous for the top players to compete in.  As for the Laver Cup, we already have the Hopman Cup so I don't see how another one would hurt given that neither are ATP events and so are challenging but more relaxed options.

Having watched some of the highlights, which I enjoyed, it did seem rather odd to have Fed and Rafa on the same side of the court!
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Sorry, bit of brain disconnection there!  I meant alter its format to make it less strenuous for the top players to compete in.  As for the Laver Cup, we already have the Hopman Cup so I don't see how another one would hurt given that neither are ATP events and so are challenging but more relaxed options.

Having watched some of the highlights, which I enjoyed, it did seem rather odd to have Fed and Rafa on the same side of the court!

Oh yes right Aileen Smile  I think we do have enough things and the players are worn out with it all
Agreed Fed and Rafa together on the same side of the court isn't something we often see!
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