With injuries and European dominance in the rankings, the American had to choose his squad wisely. Milos Raonic is the top-ranked player who will be in the competition for this team. The Canadian recently pulled out of the US Open so his participation in the Laver Cup is still questionable.
Right at Home
McEnroe has gone with three countrymen on his side as John Isner, Jack Sock, and Sam Querrey will all be joining Team World. Isner is currently the American number one and is coming off a semifinal run at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Sock, the American number two, made his maiden Masters semifinal this year in Indian Wells and has notched two titles on the year. American number three Querrey one-upped his Wimbledon quarterfinal result last year by making the semifinal this year.
The Young and the Powerful
For his two wild card picks, McEnroe went with Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro and Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov. The Argentine is currently just outside the top-30 in the rankings but is a dangerous opponent for any player on any given day. The former US Open champion has beaten the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal before so that experience will be crucial in a competition like this.
Shapovalov was a junior Wimbledon champion last year and truly caught the eye of the tennis world this year after a stunning Rogers Cup run. The 18-year-old made the semifinals, defeating the likes of del Potro, Nadal, and Adrian Mannarino along the way.