“I Just Wanted to Learn”: Nick Kyrgios Recalls Meeting NBA Legend Scottie Pippen and Roger Federer

Published 09/22/2021, 1:33 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Team Europe and Nick Kyrgios of Team World poses for photo during Day 2 of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 21, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by RvS.Media/Monika Majer/Getty Images)


Laver Cup is unquestionably one of the most exclusive tennis tournaments in the world. Every year, it brings the sport’s finest players and competes them in a Team Europe against Team World format. Indeed, its star-studded lineup has graced fans with some of the most memorable tennis moments over the years. Only recently, Aussie maverick and Team World player Nick Kyrgios shared his top moments of the Laver Cup.

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Notably, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played as a team and doubles partners in Laver Cup. But when it comes to tennis entertainment, there is hardly anyone that comes to mind before the bad boy of tennis.

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Speaking of a memorable moment at the iconic tournament, the 26-year-old recalled when he met NBA legend Scottie Pippen in the Chicago edition. Also, he included the Media Day at the Chicago Bean with none other than Roger Federer.

Nick Kyrgios on spending time with Scottie Pippen and Roger Federer at the Laver Cup

As part of Episode 8 of this year’s Laver Cup, the video focused entirely on one of Kyrgios‘ top moments of the tournament. In that, he opened up on the experience during the Chicago Takeover.

“That was one of, probably, my favorite weeks of the Laver Cup,” Kyrgios said. “You know, I had to fly there early and got to meet Scottie Pippen as well as spending another day with Roger in Chicago, seeing some of the best sites.”

Nick Kyrgios of Australia and Roger Federer of Switzerland pose for photos during the Laver Cup 2018 Chicago Launch at Cloud Gate on March 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the Australian international shared the experience of the Media Day with Roger Federer. He expressed how he learned so much, surrounded by legends.

“We went to the Bean, yeah, we had an amazing Media Day there,” Kyrgios continued. “Honestly, I picked and studied Pippen’s brain for two hours, and I asked him some more questions. I just wanted to learn what he was about, his experiences, and obviously, having successful athletes like that around me, you know, I learned so much.”

 

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Laver Cup lineup for 2021

For the Laver Cup 2021, Team Europe comprises Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud, and Feliciano Lopez (Alternate). Tennis legend Bjorn Borg is their captain.

Team World includes Denis Shapovalov, Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, and Jack Sock (Alternate) with captain John McEnroe.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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