Carlos Alcaraz makes major schedule announcement for 2024 tennis season
The 2024 Laver Cup has landed a major coup as Carlos Alcaraz will make his debut at the annual team event in Berlin next year.
Although Alcaraz qualified for Team Europe for this year’s Laver Cup via his ranking, he opted not to compete at the Vancouver edition in September, which was by Team World.
But he has become the first player to sign up for Bjorn Borg’s Team Europe for the seventh Laver Cup, which will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin from September 20-22, 2024.
“I am super excited to have Carlos join Team Europe in Berlin,” tennis great Borg said.
“I’m leaving no stone unturned for 2024. The goal is to win and having Carlos commit to Team Europe’s cause is a thrilling start to what I anticipate will be an exceptional roster.”
Two-time Grand Slam winner Alcaraz said: “I appreciate Captain Borg’s confidence in me, and I look forward to teaming up with my rivals in both singles and doubles in Berlin.
“It means a lot to represent Team Europe at Laver Cup, this is a great honour”
The Spaniard added: “I will do whatever is asked of me to win back the Cup for Team Europe. I can’t wait to hear who will be joining me on the team next September.”
After dominating the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team Europe have lost back-to-back tournaments against the John McEnroe-led Team World.
Andrey Rublev was the highest-ranked player in the Team Europe squad this year as he was No 6 in the world with Casper Ruud next best at No 9.
It was also the first time that they didn’t have any Grand Slam winners in their line-up as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Gael Monfils and Arthur Fils were the other members.
But next year they will be able to count on reigning world No 2 Alcaraz.
Borg added: “What Carlos has achieved at such a young age is unbelievable. He’s a unique talent and should bring great energy to the team. I look forward to writing his name on the lineup card.”
Alcaraz is determined to win some silverware on his first visit to Berlin.
“I am excited to have an opportunity to perform in front of fans there for the first time and to explore Berlin. I will bring all I have to the competition to help win back the Cup,” he said.
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