MyBookie returns with a Tennis betting preview for the 2021 Laver Cup, a cousin tournament of golf’s Ryder Cup.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 Laver Cup, with all the information you’ll need to place bets on ATP Betting Odds.
ATP Laver Cup Expert Analysis | Tennis Betting
Tennis Betting Preview for ATP Laver Cup 2021
- When: September 23-26
- Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Even though Tennis is not exactly a team sport, Laver Cup doesn’t follow those rules. Instead, as an outlier in the tennis sports scene, Laver Cup is a unique tournament with a unique format that sees two tennis players (Team Europe and Team World) compete for the coveted trophy.
Unlike most other tournaments that use the same format, the Laver Cup does not feature the standard Team USA vs. Team World. That makes a lot of sense, considering European tennis players are by far the most successful in Grand Slam tournaments.
It also shouldn’t come off as a surprise that Team Europe won all of the last three iterations of the tournament in 2017 (15-9), 2018 (13-8), and 2019 (13-11). But will the European squad manage a four-peat?
2021 Laver Cup Teams
The 2021 Laver Cup will miss some of the biggest tennis stars, albeit there will be plenty of quality traveling to TD Garden. As per usual, most of the “quality” will be on the side of the European team, which features four of the top-five players on the ATP Rankings.
On Team World, meanwhile, the highest-rated player is world no.11, Felix Auger-Aliassime.
- Daniil Medvedev (World no.2)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (World no.3)
- Alexander Zverev (World no.4)
- Andrey Rublev (World no.5)
- Matteo Berrettini (World no.7)
- Casper Ruud Norway (World no.10)
- Feliciano Lopez (alternative) (World no.110)
- Coach: Bjorn Borg
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (World no.11)
- Denis Shapovalov (World no.12)
- Diego Schwartzman (World no.15)
- Reilly Opelka (World no.19)
- John Isner (World no.22)
- Nick Kyrgios (World no.95)
- Jack Sock (alternative) (World no.164)
- Coach: John McEnroe
What Should Happen?
There’s always a great deal of excitement about Laver Cup 2021, and it’s not hard to see why. As a tournament that features some of the biggest tennis stars, Laver Cup promises to provide the tennis fans with four days of thrilling matches and plenty of betting opportunities for the bettors.
Given the huge quality gap between the two teams, it shouldn’t come off as a surprise that Team Europe are the betting favorites. Not only has the team won all of the previous three iterations of the competition, but Team Europe also dwarfs Team World in the average player rating (20.1 v 48.3).
The Laver Cup 2021 is not so much whether Europe will win, but instead by how much. That question, however, is more challenging to answer than how it may seem.
In 2017, Europe won by six points, in 2018 by five, and in 2019 by only two. Interestingly, Europe had a clear edge in roster average rating in 2019 yet failed to win by a considerable margin.
The gap is clearly closing, and it’s fair to say that the players’ average rating doesn’t show the full story. Team Europe might field much better players on paper, but that won’t necessarily translate to the final result.
Regardless, Team Europe should be losing. We might be in for another close affair, but the quality gap alone should push Team Europe over the finish line. You could make a case for a handicap bet on Team World, albeit there are no odds on offer yet.