Roger Federer was one of the biggest names who supported and helped create the Laver Cup, the 3-day tournament which pits 6 players of Team Europe going up against 6 players of Team World who are captained currently by the legendary Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe respectively. The winning team gets their hands on the trophy named after Australian tennis legend Rod Laver.
The first edition was played in 2017 in Prague and it turned out to be a great success which gave the organisers the green signal to proceed which eventually made the ATP Tour giving the tournament recognition officially. Federer played in all 3 editions in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before the tournament was halted because of the Pandemic.
The tournament attracted some of the biggest players with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic also playing for Team Europe giving the fans the opportunity to see the three big players playing alongside in the same team in the Doubles competition as well.
“This event is a get-together. That’s what I wanted it to be. It’s the wisdom, the stories, having legends tell stories to the younger generation. I’m happy being on those teams, listening to Bjorn, seeing John, seeing Rocket Laver and watching the youngsters learn from the elders. It’s passing down the wisdom.
“I definitely see myself being involved. I’d love to be the captain one day. I think it’s a beautiful way of getting the rivals to coexist for a week together. It really is truly fun and cool to share the locker room with these guys who you usually share it with, but don’t talk tactics and see how everybody prepares and actually support one another,” said Federer in his recent interview.
“Laver Cup is a way to light shine on the legends” says Roger Federer
Federer got the idea of the Laver Cup from the Ryder Cup in golf where Team America plays against Team World and legends of the game are also involved, something that Federer wanted to replicate in tennis as well.
“In our sport, we don’t have enough of a platform for former great players, legends of the game. If you look at golf, they have a wonderful way of going about it. Former players are always around, always welcome and always advising the younger players. Having an event like the Laver Cup is a way to light shine on the legends like Rod Laver and many others who paved the way for us,” said Federer.
Speaking about the camaraderie that builds over the tournament when rivals become teammates, Federer talked about how it feels in the camp.
“Normally you don’t cheer against each other, but you don’t really mind if they win or lose. This time it’s very different,” added Federer as he now prepares to see the 2021 Laver Cup from his home as he had to end his season due to his knee surgery but hopes to be back for the next edition.