Tennis is ripe for a breakaway of elite players

In Chicago on Friday, the lights picked out Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov, the first players to take the stage on the Laver Cup’s trademark black court. The 17,000 fans at the United Centre – a venue that used to play host to Michael Jordan’s jump shot – screamed in excitement.

It was all a long way from quarter-final day at the official tour event in Metz, near the Franco-German border, which opened with a low-key victory for Radu Albot, the world No107 from Moldova, over Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis.

Here is the concern for the established order, which some feel is ripe for the taking. Too many entry-level tournaments are loss-making irrelevances. Yet the leading players – think of new…

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