'Disappointed' Roger Federer reacts to Laver Cup postponement

Roger Federer admitted he was ‘disappointed’ to see the Laver Cup pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic but insists it was the ‘right thing to do’.

The event was scheduled to run in Boston later this year but will now take place from September 24-26, 2021.

The tennis calendar has been thrown into chaos by the Covid-19 crisis and French Open organisers moved Roland Garros to the same calendar slot as the Laver Cup – the Ryder Cup-style competition that is the brainchild of Federer – and the decision has now been made to postpone the Team Europe vs Team World competition to avoid scheduling ‘conflicts’.

‘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,’ said Federer.

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‘Although disappointing, the good news is that 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.’

Laver Cup chairman and Federer’s agent Tony Godsick added: ‘We needed to make a decision now on our event.

‘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.” 

‘We created the Laver Cup to celebrate the greats of the game – past, present and future – and to grow the game of tennis. The Laver Cup is only at the start of a long and incredible journey which will continue next year.’

Ticket holders will be able to use their tickets in 2021 or receive a full refund.

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