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Nick Kyrgios was emotional after losing to Roger Federer in the 2017 Laver Cup as the Australian revealed how the tournament has a unique atmosphere. The 2021 edition of the Laver Cup will be played in Boston, with Team World attempting to defeat Team Europe.
The tournament begins on Friday 24 September, and it will be the fourth time the Laver Cup has been staged since it was introduced in 2017.
Kyrgios participated in the first three editions of the tournament and is one of the more senior players in the seven-man world squad aiming to take down Team Europe to win the cup for the first time.
The 26-year-old compared the team mentality and international experience to competing in the Davis Cup for Australia, and hopes it can help him perform at his very best.
Kyrgios insisted the importance of the Laver Cup is not lost on the players which makes for a unique, emotional experience that he intends to savour.
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“I don‘t usually cry much when I lose matches, and I went through a couple tough, tough losses here against Roger in Prague, and Jack [Sock] had to kind of come up to me and comfort me in that moment,” he said.
“It definitely brings out an array of emotions that you don’t feel, I don’t feel when I’m playing any other event.
“Davis Cup is obviously similar to this. I think this carries a bit more weight.
“You don’t know how long you’re going to be at this level and how many times you’re going to play Laver Cup.
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“I’m just going to embrace it again and these guys will enjoy it.”
Kyrgios admitted the emotional aspect of the Laver Cup will be amplified this year as the tournament is held at the famous TD Garden in Boston.
The iconic venue is the home arena of the Boston Celtics, the franchise the Australian passionately follows in the NBA.
He acknowledged there is extra pressure knowing he will be playing in front of Celtics players in attendance, but understands the opportunity presented to Team World with the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic absent.
“I had an experience to play in Chicago in the Bulls’ arena and that was a special moment,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously you had Scottie Pippen watching us play on the sideline, and you see the banners hanging from the roof.
“I think everyone sitting here knows how special it is to be in such a great arena with so much history and so much sporting greatness to come out of this building, to be a part of it. I have played in Madison Square Garden, I’ve played in the United Center. I’ve played in the TD Garden now.
“I never thought when I was 12 to 14 that I’d be playing, representing the world with some good mates, some good friends. It’s a special opportunity to go out and do something special.
“There is going to be some Celtics players watching as well, and that’s added pressure. If we can come out with a win, it’s going to make it even more special that we did it in such a special place as well.”
The Laver Cup runs from 24-26 September, with Norway’s Casper Ruud facing American Reilly Opelka in the opening match.
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