After Team Europe’s Laver Cup victory, John McEnroe praised Roger Federer as a “class act.”
At the conclusion of the 2021 Laver Cup, team captains John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg applauded Roger Federer.
As the 2021 Laver Cup came to a close, tennis luminaries John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg praised Roger Federer. After a strong performance in which they only lost one match across the three-day team event, Team Europe was able to take the trophy for the fourth year in a row. After undergoing his third knee surgery, Federer was unable to play for the team in the tournament he co-founded, but he stunned everyone by arriving in Boston to watch and cheer on the team from the stands.
Federer stated last month that he will be off the tour for “many months” after deciding to have his right knee repaired for the third time in less than two years after suffering a setback during the grass-court season.
In addition to missing the US Open, the world No. 9 was forced to withdraw from the Laver Cup, his Ryder Cup-style brainchild tournament honoring Rod Laver.
The 2021 Laver Cup was the first without Federer, but Team Europe was able to step up and earn their most dominant victory ever, winning 14 points to Team World’s one, with their lone setback coming in a doubles match on the first night.
Despite the fact that he was unable to compete in the tournament, the Swiss tennis legend astonished everyone by travelling to Boston to watch from the stands, even offering coaching tips to some of his former Europe teammates from his front-row spot by the baseline.
Captains Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe complimented Federer for making a last-minute cameo at the TD Garden after his and Andrey Rublev’s doubles victory over Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov secured Team Europe’s victory.
During the trophy presentation, seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe said, “I just want to thank these three people – first and foremost, the fact that Roger Federer came, wonderful, absolutely unbelievable,” as his Team World fell for the fourth time in a row.
“Total class act, Roger,” he exclaimed.
Bjorn Borg, the captain of Team Europe and a former opponent of McEnroe, remarked as he took the stage for his victory speech that the American had ‘stolen’ his speech. “Brinkwire News Summary.”