Alcaraz in talks to compete alongside Federer and Nadal at Laver Cup in London

Laver Cup organizers have held talks with Carlos Alcaraz about inviting him to play in the Europe vs the World match to be held at the O2 Arena in September.

The fifth edition of the tournament is already due to play host to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have confirmed their participation in the exhibition event as part of captain Bjorn Borg’s line-up.

Team Europe’s line-up last year in Boston featured six of the world’s top 10 players and Alcaraz is already up to No 6 in the world and is expected to go higher before the September event in London.

The 19-year-old is joint-favorite for Roland Garros which starts on Sunday, and his growing status as the sport’s next superstar mean he is an attractive prospect for the Laver Cup organizers.

"Captain Borg would love to have him on the team, as would we,” said Laver Cup chairman Tony Godsick. “I know some discussions have taken place. The indication I’ve heard from the team is that he’s excited about learning more. I’m optimistic that he’s going to play.

“He would be an incredible asset, not only this year, but in the future. So we’re really excited about making sure that he’s on Team Europe.”

Alcaraz represents part of a generation set to take over from the dominance of Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, although the former has not played in almost a year.

Federer has yet to compete at a tournament since suffering an injury at Wimbledon 2021, as the Swiss Maestro underwent more knee surgery in an effort to extend his career. The 20-time grand slam champion, who will turn 41 before returning to competitive tennis, was Alcaraz’s childhood idol, a factor that could play a role in his decision as to whether to play in the Laver Cup.

"This is actually one of the reasons why we created it," added Godsick." Tennis was missing an opportunity for different generations to get together once a year. I don’t just mean the Rod Lavers and John McEnroes and Borgs to be able to be there, but I also mean exactly as this.

“Carlos Alcaraz: where or when will this guy who is a future mega superstar on the ATP Tour, who will win multiple slams assuming he doesn’t get hurt, where will he at this stage get a chance to interact and compete with Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal?”

The world’s best tennis players will play in teams against each other at the Laver Cup from 23-25 September, being held at London’s O2.

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