McEnroe, Borg returning as Laver Cup captains

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NEW YORK — John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg will return as Laver Cup captains this year, when the team event moves to Canada for the first time.

McEnroe will lead Team World against Borg’s Team Europe at Rogers Arena in Vancouver from Sept. 22-24.

The only player named to either six-man roster so far is Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 22-year-old from Montreal who is No. 9 in the ATP rankings. His best Grand Slam result was reaching the semifinals at the 2021 US Open.

Auger-Aliassime helped begin the comeback on Day 3 of the Laver Cup in London in September — marked by Roger Federer’s final match, a doubles loss alongside longtime rival Rafael Nadal — when Team World finally beat Team Europe after losing each of the initial four editions of the event.

Auger-Aliassime paired with Jack Sock to win a doubles match then beat Novak Djokovic in singles before Frances Tiafoe’s victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas clinched the outcome.

“Felix was our MVP last year. He really turned the tide for us, big time,” McEnroe said in a video news conference Thursday. “It’s a no-brainer to have Felix on the team. I think he’s going to win a major in the next year — 18 months at the most.”

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