Laver Cup affects Asian swing

The Laver Cup was a great success.

But the players’ bread and butter is the ATP Tour. And there was an immediate spillover effect on this week’s Asian swing openers.

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Losing top-level players has a direct impact on small events like Chengdu and Shenzhen.

Defending Shenzhen champion Tomas Berdych and Frances Tiafoe withdrew before it began because of the Laver Cup.

Alexander Zverev (Shenzhen) and Dominic Thiem (Chengdu) – the only top 10s in action this week – are the No. 1 seeds.

They may arrive the worse for wear after Team Europe’s celebrations.

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