Can you name them all without reading the caption? Team Europe and Team World (l-r) Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Thomas Enqvist, Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Denis Shapovalov, Jordon Thompson, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Milos Raonic and John Isner. (Photo by Clive Brunsk
Can you name them all without reading the caption? Team Europe and Team World (l-r) Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Thomas Enqvist, Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Denis Shapovalov, Jordon Thompson, Jack Sock, Nick Kyrgios, Taylor Fritz, Milos Raonic and John Isner. (Photo by Clive Brunsk

Is tennis royalty gathering for ‘slaughter’?

ON paper the Laver Cup is a no contest.

Team Europe might be missing world No.1 Novak Djokovic, but with a line-up comprising Rafael Nadal (2), Roger Federer (3), Dominic Thiem (5), Alexander Zverev (6), Stefanos Tsitsipas (7) and Fabio Fognini (11) all six members are still ranked higher than Team World's leading man.

John Isner (20) is backed up by Milos Raonic (24), Nick Kyrgios (27), Taylor Fritz (30), Denis Shapovalov (33) and doubles specialist Jack Sock (singles ranking: 210), showing where the power base of men's tennis lies in 2019.

But Federer, who has championed the competition which will be played in Geneva from Friday to Sunday, argued conditions would favour his opposition.

"We have incredible depth," he said.

"Problem is we're indoors, best-of-three, super tie-breaker in the third - and we're playing against big servers who all like the indoors and have a big forehand.

"So there you have it, as much as we're the favourites, I do think it's going to be really tight. They're really good in doubles - obviously Jack (Sock) is one of the world's best doubles players, if not the absolute best - so we know how hard it's going to be."

Team Europe has won the first two editions of a tournament intended to be the Ryder Cup of the tennis world and it seems unlikely that trend will be reversed this year.

But for now, we can at least enjoy these photographs.

Squad goals. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Squad goals. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

 

A boy band. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
A boy band. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
An album cover. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
An album cover. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Team Europe. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Team Europe. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Team World. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Team World. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Best mates. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Best mates. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Inseparable. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Inseparable. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Slick Nick. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Slick Nick. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Smile? (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Smile? (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Practice time. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Practice time. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
‘Rafa, you know I only have 20? Can you stop winning slams please?’ (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
‘Rafa, you know I only have 20? Can you stop winning slams please?’ (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Just in front. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Just in front. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Still no smiles. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
Still no smiles. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)
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