Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer admitted he wasn't sure if he was able to make it to the Laver Cup but when he realized he would be able he decided to keep it quiet. Federer, 40, announced a third knee surgery in August and that put an end to his 2021 season.
On Friday, Federer flew to Boston and positively surprised all the Laver Cup participants. Federer is one the Laver Cup creators and for the first time he is not playing at the event. "Not too long ago I wasn't sure if I was gonna make it," Federer told Jim Courier at the Laver Cup.
"And then we thought we keep it real nice and quiet that I'm coming. Because then, I don't know, everybody will be more even more pumped up that I made the trip. I just didn't think I was gonna make it with the crutches and all that."
Federer acknowledged the greatness of Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe
“It’s really important that we remember it because we have a really rich history,” Federer, 40, told CNBC on Friday morning.
“Rod Laver was a hero to us, especially Bjorn Borg, also to John [McEnroe]. To me, he’s that big legend that was able to win two times the Grand Slam, winning all four majors in the same year”. “He’s also the one who went from amateur sports to professional sport, so that’s where the idea came in that we could do something for the legacy of the game and incorporate all the young ones coming through and learning from the best, like John and Bjorn, for example, having rivals become teammates,” added Federer, one of the Team Europe vs.
Team World competition’s co-founders. “I think the first three editions have been wonderful in Prague, Chicago and Geneva. And now finally we’re here in Boston starting today”.