Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios launch 2018 Laver Cup in Chicago

Roger Federer. Photograph:( AFP )

USA Mar 20, 2018, 04.56 PM (IST)

On Sunday, tennis world number 1 Roger Federer ended his 17-match winning streak after losing the finals of Indian Wells to Juan Martin del Potro.

After that, he visited Chicago to help kick-off the countdown to September’s Laver Cup.

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Swiss tennis star promoted the second Laver Cup, a team competition that debuted last year in Prague with an intention that the tournament will mark its popularity on U.S. soil also.

While interacting with media he said, "Obviously now that we're sitting in Chicago, being in Chicago for the first time, wonderful city by the way, I can't wait for September to come around and really kick off the second addition of the Laver Cup."

He further added, "The idea of the Laver Cup was always to honor the legends of the game"

He was joined by tennis legends Rod Laver and John McEnroe, along with young Australian star Nick Kyrgios.

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Rod Laver, tennis legend said, "The Laver Cup last year was such a success and, you know, I thank Roger and all the players that competed. It was just unbelievable, the energy on the court with 14,000 people cheering."

Roger Federer's management team helped in launching the Laver Cup, which pits Team Europe against Team World. Four of the six players on each team are chosen on rankings after Wimbledon. The other two are captain's picks.