20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has left the possibility of being a Laver Cup captain in the future. Federer, 40, is one the Laver Cup creators but he is missing this year's event due to a knee surgery. However, Federer flew to Boston on Friday to attend the event.
"Yeah, I mean, look, of course it's a weekend or a week where you want to come to, then in which role we'll have to see," Federer told Jim Courier at the Laver Cup on Saturday. "But I think a captain, that sounds very exciting.
Or even a vice captain for that matter." When Federer was announced to the Boston crowd, the crowd went absolutely nuts. "But the reception I received, and everybody is so upbeat that I'm here," Federer said.
"And they wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. (They only see) that I just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend enough."
The Federer reception gave Casper Ruud 'chills'
Federer was announced to the crowd on Friday during the first set of the Ruud and Reilly Opelka match.
After feeling the chills, Ruud refocused and beat Opelka in straight sets. "I think I was at 3-1 in the first and I was about to return and they showed him on the screen and everyone went nuts. He deserves it, the crowd was going crazy, it gave me chills.
I was in the match mode but still it's something you can't block out from your feelings. Like I said, it gave me chills, it was an extremely fun experience for me and it's great to see him back in a tennis arena.
Even though he is not playing, he is always a big part of the tennis world and this event. He is one of the guys who made it all happen and started it. He deserved all the cheers he gets from the crowd," Ruud said of Federer.