Former world No. 1 Jim Courier has acknowledged that players and fans have a great respect for Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. Laver, who was the last player to win all four Grand Slams in the same year, walked onto TD Garden on Friday for the Laver Cup. Laver was greeted with standing ovation.
“It was amazing, yeah," Courier said of Laver receiving standing ovation, per Tennishead. “There’s so much energy for the players, but the standing ovation when The Rocket took to the court, the amount of cameras that came up for photos and videos of the great man, it’s special.
Whenever Rod is around the sport, the players love it, the fans love it, it’s just awesome to see”.
Federer acknowledged the greatness of Laver
Federer was one the Laver Cup creators and he has a great respect for Laver.
Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer isn't playing at this year's Laver Cup but he flew to Boston to attend the event. “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”.