Team Europe - Captain Borg
Team World - Captain McEnroe
It's Europe v The World in a kind of Ryder Cup format with a very strong European team against a decent world team. Any team with Federer, Djokovic and Zverev in it is going to be hard to beat! It's a mixture of singles and doubles each day with the number of points up for grabs increasing daily over the 3 days and it's the first team to reach 13 points who wins.
Last year Europe won it with the highlight for me being when Fed teamed up with Nadal to win an important doubles v Sock & Querrey. It was this pre match build up where we gained an interesting insight into the mental toughness of both Roger & Rafa. Nadal was the driving force mentally and Roger was there when it mattered most. A pity Nadal can't make this one!
It could be an opportunity for us all to get to know the nicer side of Kyrgios as he does like to help orchestrate some elaborate celebrations with his team mates! Jack Sock too will no doubt get in on the act.
All in all it should be loads of fun and just what tennis needs - seeing our idols enjoying themselves in a fun, competitive environment. After the "Serena" incident it will be nice to see some fun on the court. Maybe the women could arrange a similar event and have Navratilova and Chris Evert as captains? It could be "The Graf Cup" and maybe even Steffi would grace us with an appearance?? Or maybe one event too many with the new Davis Cup and other "new" events coming up soon!
The venue in Chicago looks amazing and for me it's extremely interesting as we see players in an entirely different arena which allows us to witness other sides of their personalities. Adding to the glamour and drama is the same choice of captains from last year with McEnroe in charge of the world team and Borg captain of Europe. Ice cool Borg was my hero and one of the main reasons that I fell in love with tennis so I'm always happy if he beats the big mouth McEnroe. (yes now likeable I agree).
Looking forward to it even if Europe look far too strong on paper? But.... as we know you don't win tennis matches on paper so let's hope for tennis that it's a tight Borg/Europe win. Having a Brit in the team not called Murray is incredible and great for him (Kyle).