Tennis legend John McEnroe says he would never count out 20 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer after the Swiss star underwent knee surgery last month. McEnroe was in Boston on Tuesday to promote the fourth edition of the Laver Cup, which will be held at the TD Garden in September.
McEnroe commented, “It's like asking the same question on Tom Brady. You know, it's the exact same thing. I mean, how they keep doing it would be the first thing at their age. It's phenomenal, right? I mean, how in the world are these guys still playing at such a high level? I’ve admired watching Tom Brady because he makes players around him better.
But you’re out there on your own and you’re 38 and you could be turning 39 on a tennis court with the wear and tear. That’s really tough. … It’s already amazing he’s made it this far”.
McEnroe spoke about the last time Federer underwent surgery after losing to Mios Raonic at Wimbledon in 2016, who he was coaching at that time. “Then Roger limped off the court and didn't play for six months. And I thought, you know, that's pretty much it.
That's four years ago. And he came back after not having played for six months and managed to win the Australian Open (the next) year, winning three best-of-five set matches, which is virtually unheard of to begin with, and to win three majors post-surgery.
So you never can count him out”. McEnroe and former rival Bjorn Borg have been serving as captains of Team World and Team Europe for the first three events in Prague (2017), Chicago (2018) and Geneva (2019) — all won by the European team.
They will be captains of their respective teams once again for the fourth edition in Boston from September 25-27. McEnroe commented, "There's a lot of a lot of money at stake and pride." Federer has played in each of the first three editions of the Laver Cup and has also confirmed that he would play in the fourth edition in Boston.