John McEnroe says Roger Federer will be a huge miss from Wimbledon this year, describing the Swiss as ‘the most beautiful player I have ever seen.’
Federer has been battling a knee problem for the last two years with him undergoing three operations to try and find a solution.
He attempted a comeback at Wimbledon in 2021, even using Roland Garros as a glorified warm-up event, but his knee broke down again in a straight-sets quarterfinals defeat to Hubert Hurkacz.
This year Federer has decided to sit it out and focus on his rehab instead, and McEnroe says his absence will be felt immensely.
“It goes without saying that anytime we are at an event where Roger is not playing we miss him,” McEnroe told Eurosport.
“He is the classiest player and the most beautiful player I have seen on a court. As a fan, I would love to see Roger around.”
It will be the first time since 1998 that Wimbledon has been played without Roger Federer in the draw.
It is a remarkable record that no man can beat in terms of consecutive appearances at the same major.
McEnroe, though, says it’s time to appreciate what he has given to the tournament rather then be sad for what we have lost this year.
“Twenty years, you got to look at the bright side,” McEnroe said. “You had a lot of time where you got a chance to watch this guy play and win it numerous times.
“So, we have to sort of hope that whatever he decides he’s happy with. He’s 40. He’s made it this far. It’s amazing.
“Roger Federer is a living legend. We all know that. He’s the epitome of what you would want your kid to be when they grow up.
“He is the most beautiful player I’ve ever watched play. I idolised [Rod] Laver. He is kind of an updated Laver to me.”