Federer Arrives In Boston For Laver Cup
The 40-year-old competed in the first three editions of the competition, but will watch from the sidelines at the TD Garden as he continues to recover from injury after undergoing knee surgery last month.
On the importance of the competition, Federer told CNBC on Squawk Box: “To me, legacy is really important, that we remember it in tennis because we have a really rich history. Rod Laver was a hero to a lot of us, especially Bjorn Borg and to John [McEnroe]. To me, he is a big legend who was able to win the Grand Slam two times and he was also the one who went from amateur sport to professional.
“That is where the idea came in with Tony [Godsick] and myself once on a ride in Shanghai. That we could do something for the legacy of the game and incorporate all the young ones coming through and learn from the best like John and Bjorn, having rivals become teammates. The first three editions have been wonderful.”
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The Laver Cup field includes six Top 10 players – Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud – on Team Europe. Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Diego Schwartzman, Reilly Opelka, John Isner and Nick Kyrgios will compete for Team World.