Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer revealed that Stefanos Tsitsipas texted him to say that he misses him and he didn’t to say anything to the Greek so he could surprise him.
Federer, who put an end to his 2021 season in August due to a persistent knee injury, is not playing at the Laver Cup for the first time since the event was launched in 2017.
However, Federer flew to Boston on Friday to attend the event over the weekend.
Team Europe beat Team World in each of the first three editions and Federer was the key behind their previous victories.
“Stefanos Tsitsipas texted me to tell me that he misses me and needs me on the team. I didn’t tell him I was coming, so it was a surprise,” Federer revealed.
Federer acknowledged the greatness of tennis legends
Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Rod Laver are some of the tennis legends that are in Boston featuring or attending the Laver Cup.
“It’s really important that we remember it because we have a really rich history,” Federer, 40, told CNBC on Friday morning. “Rod Laver was a hero to us, especially Bjorn Borg, also to John [McEnroe]. To me, he’s that big legend that was able to win two times the Grand Slam, winning all four majors in the same year.”
“He’s also the one who went from amateur sports to professional sport, so that’s where the idea came in that we could do something for the legacy of the game and incorporate all the young ones coming through and learning from the best, like John and Bjorn, for example, having rivals become teammates,” added Federer, one of the Team Europe vs. Team World competition’s co-founders. “I think the first three editions have been wonderful in Prague, Chicago and Geneva. And now finally we’re here in Boston starting today.”