John McEnroe:'Rod Laver is the Babe Ruth of tennis. Roger Federer knows it'


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John McEnroe:'Rod Laver is the Babe Ruth of tennis. Roger Federer knows it'

The seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe is excited to be the Team World captain at the Laver Cup for the second year in a row. In a conference call in Chicago, the former American player recalled last year's experience in Prague. 'I think it was one of the best and most exciting weeks that I've been around for many years,' said McEnroe.

'To be with my idol here to my right, to see the players get behind it as much as they did, the crowd was amazing. So we're hoping now that we have the home-court advantage, that in Chicago, which is a great sports town, that we can pull this out.

The players are excited. I'm excited. It was an awesome week. We're looking forward to it being even better this year.' We talked about the idea of rivals becoming teammates. It really looked as if the players had no trouble making that transition.

'Well, we were obviously big underdogs, as we will be this year. However, I felt we had a great team spirit. You'll see the players that are going to be playing for us. I think sometimes it helps bring out human things you didn't know you could accomplish beforehand.

We felt like we were struggling early. The next thing you know, we were so close to winning it. We're hoping to make that next step this year.' McEnroe also commented on Rod Laver's legacy: 'I think tennis recognizes hopefully, and Roger (Federer) in particular, to get behind something like this where he's the Babe Ruth of our sport.

We're all happy to be part of this. I think it's important for our history that people, the players and fans, are aware of how we got to where we are today.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains why he has not won the US Open for a decade