Former world No. 1 John McEnroe was thrilled to see 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Laver Cup. Federer, one of the creators of the Laver Cup, wasn't playing at the Laver Cup for the first time since it launched in 2017.
In August, Federer announced a third knee surgery, ending his season. Federer wasn't expected to attend this year's Laver Cup but on Friday he surprised everyone when he showed up in Boston. Federer was unable to play but he was in the stands and following action at the Laver Cup.
Whenever Federer was showed on the big screen, he received ovation and fans were going nuts. "The fact that Roger Federer came, absolutely amazing, unbelievable. Total class act. Also, my idol growing up, Rod Laver. Lastly, I love the guy, I had a lot of matches...
And my buddy, Bjorn Borg," McEnroe said.
Federer also spoke positively of McEnroe
After arriving to Boston, Federer acknowledged the greatness of McEnroe, Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. "It’s really important that we remember it because we have a really rich history,” Federer 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”.