“Total Class Act”: John McEnroe Lauds Roger Federer and Reveals His Tennis Idol

Published 09/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Swiss maestro Roger Federer started the Laver Cup after the living legend Rod Laver, and it will host its fourth edition in Boston this year. And once again, the American legend John McEnroe will coach and captain Team World against Team Europe. Hence, it begs an intriguing question: Does the experience feel different than competing as a player?

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Before this, John also has had the experience of being a team captain for the Davis Cup. Therefore, he denoted the Laver Cup experience as similar to his competing days. More importantly, he even revealed his tennis idol later on.

“It’s pretty similar, actually,” McEnroe said in the press conference. “I love team events. I played team sports as a kid. Loved Davis Cup, [it] had a lot more meaning when I was playing it, I think.”

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Taylor Fritz of Team World celebrates match point with teammates in his singles match against Dominic Thiem of Team Europe during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

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John McEnroe on Rod Laver, Roger Federer, and the Laver Cup

Unquestionably, the Laver Cup is one of the most exciting tennis team tournaments on the men’s circuit. Since it brings the best six players from Europe and the rest world to compete against each other in singles and doubles, it makes the competition exceptional.

Moreover, McEnroe enjoys the difference he could make with his guidance. “An event like this brings something new to the table for our sport, and I think it’s awesome,” He continued. “We get to sort of rally behind each other. In tennis, there is not coaching very often, so it’s just nice to be part of it in a small way for this week.”

In addition, he lauded the two tennis champions who made the Laver Cup possible. McEnroe said, “Rod Laver was my idol. Roger Federer, obviously, is a total class act. He spearheaded this, getting this event started.”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Roger Federer of Team Europe poses with Rod Laver and the trophy after winning the Laver Cup during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Conclusively, the American stated that it is a win-win for everyone and a no-brainer. He also added that the energy is similar to when he played tennis on tour, “intense.”

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Is Federer playing at the Laver Cup 2021?

Despite being the first entrant for the Boston edition, Federer will not play the tournament this year due to a knee injury. However, he recently revealed that he is looking forward to playing the same in 2022.

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Above all, the Laver Cup 2021 roster looks exciting even though Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are not in them. Do you think the tournament will be a success without them?

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Purav Joshi

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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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