Croatia’s Marin Čilić Selected for Team Europe to Take on Rest of the World
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
Croatia’s number one tennis player Marin Čilić has been selected to play for Europe in the inaugural Laver Cup.
The Laver Cup, which sees Europe take on the Rest of the World, will be held annually (except for Olympic years), with the first one to take place at the O₂ Arena in Prague, Czech Republic from 22-24 September 2017.
World No.6 Čilić (28) will unite with his Wimbledon final opponent Roger Federer for team Europe.
“I know how well Roger is playing this season, so it will be nice to be on the same team in Prague,” Marin said.
“To be part of the first Laver Cup is really exciting and something I am looking forward to. To be representing Team Europe is a huge honor for me.”
Čilić and Federer will be joined by Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem for the match. Team captain Bjorn Borg will announce his two captain’s picks shortly.
Excited to join @rogerfederer @RafaelNadal & @ThiemDomi for #TeamEurope at #LaverCup! 🙂 https://t.co/uCGs1STZ9U
— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) August 9, 2017
“Team Europe has assembled a powerhouse team and I could not be more thrilled,” Borg said. “Marin is enjoying his most consistent season yet, adding even more depth to our lineup.”
Sam Querrey, Milos Raonic, Jack Sock and John Isner are in the Rest of the World team which is captained by John McEnroe.
“Team Europe might have three Grand Slam champions, but Team World has four of the biggest servers in the world,” McEnroe said.
The Laver Cup, named after Australian legend Rod Laver, will be played on one court over three days at the O2 arena in Prague, with a mixture of singles and doubles matches.
Captain: Bjorn Borg
TEAM REST OF THE WORLD
Captain: John McEnroe
(Captain’s picks TBA)