The name is enough! If you haven’t heard about him, you might not be a sports lover or not fond of reading News. You may think that I am being overwhelmed, but you will definitely agree with me on the completion of this article.
The recent headline is something related to “Roger Federer’s noticeable low performance at Wimbledon Quarter Final”. The reason is his major knee injury which is not for the first time and though Roger is 20 time Major winner with Grand Slam Winner title and many other awards! He has various experiences of physical setbacks and recoveries. So, writing him off would not be so wise.
Roger Federer is the Legend of the world of Tennis and Wimbledon is the greatest holy place for Tennis. Roger Federer has been ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP) and now at No. 8 in the world by ATP. He was at No. 1 position for 237 weeks continuously and a total of 310 weeks.
|Birth Date||8 August, 1981|
|Age||39 Years (in July, 2021)|
|Birth Place||Basel, Switzerland|
|Nationality||South African, Swiss|
|Net Worth||$450 million|
|Height||6’1” (185 cm)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lbs)|
|Plays||Right Handed, One-handed backhand|
|Coach||Ivan Ljubicic, Severen Luthi|
|Ranking||No. 8 in the World|
|Grand Slams won (single)||20|
Family and Background
Roger Federer was born on 8 August 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. His father Robert Federer is Swiss, his mother Lynette Federer is from South Africa and both were employees of Pharmaceutical companies like his father.
Roger spent his early days in a Switzerland village near the French border and this is the reason for his fluency in Swiss German, Standard German, English, and French. Among these, Swiss German is his native language and he can speak Italian and Swedish.
Childhood love for Sports
In 1985, when Roger Federer was 4 years old, his childhood icon Boris Boker won the first Wimbledon title and after that, he used to watch Tennis matches for hours on the television and joined sports class for 3 days per week in school. Afterward, he continued to play Tennis with his school friend Macro Chiudinelli.
In 1991, at the age of 10, he joined a personal coaching class with his junior coach Adolf Kacovsky. During the coaching, his coach noticed that Roger was born with a racquet in his hand. He was a quick learner and used to learn a new trick in just 3-4 tries while other club members took weeks to learn the same thing.
Rising of Junior Tennis Star
He also worked as a ball boy(who retrieves and supplies balls for the players) in his hometown tournaments in Basel.
In his teenage years, he was used to playing other games rather than Tennis like Soccer, Basketball, and Badminton, but after he was 12, he focused only on Tennis. He used to say that he wanted to become the world champion and people including his coach laughed at him saying that he can become one of the best in Switzerland but not in the world. Soon, at 14 he became the best in the Switzerland group and was sent for training at the National Training Center of Swiss.
In his last year as a junior, Federer won the Wimbledon Junior Championship in 1998. He was recognized as the ITF World Junior Tennis Champion of the year.
Swiss Military Service
As per the Swiss rule, all the capable men adults have to serve in military service The Swiss Armed Force. Following the rule, Federer had also joined the military to serve. But, it couldn’t last for long as he was suffering from severe back pain and it caused his discharge from the military service. Instead, he was drafted into the Civil Protection Force and had to pay 3% of his taxable income.
|Children||Myla Rose FedererCharlene Riva FedererLeo FedererLenny Federer|
Roger met Miroslava(Mirka) at the Sydney Summer Olympics, 2000 where they both were representing their country Switzerland and on the last day of Sydney, they both shared a kiss for the first time. Mirka was one of the top 100 Tennis players(for both men and women). In 2002, because of an interminable foot injury, she retired from Tennis.
The couple was married in April of 2009 in Reihen(A place near Basel, Switzerland). They were blessed with identical twin girls Myra and Charlene in 2009 itself. Again in 2014, Mirka gave birth to identical twins but this time they were boys – Leo and Lenny.
After early retirement, Mirka had started to work with Roger as his Public Relationship Manager and travel with her husband on all his trips, sometimes bringing their children with her to enjoy the company and the match of their champion father.
In an Interview, Roger Federer has accepted that he would have taken early retirement from Tennis if his wife had asked him. He also added that if Mirka hadn’t supported him to manage his family and career, they might have ended with the divorce.
There are already numerous books available on the Tennis career of Roger Federer along this 20+ years long career and here also it can take several pages! Rather, I would like to highlight some of the turning points of his career.
The first was his 1st international breakthrough. It was the Wimbledon Championship 2001, Federer beat the No. 1 Pete Sampras and reached the quarter-final and reached at No. 6.
He won his 1st Grand Slam Tournament title in 2003 and after that, it has continued to the date, and won 20 Grand Slam Tournament. 2007 was the year of Federer Roger. He defeated Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and became the second man who won 5 continuous Wimbledon titles.
After that, he suffered from major injuries in 2008,2013, 2016, and 2020. Every time he returned like never before and proved himself against all the odds. But, in his latest comeback, in 2021, at the age of 39, when his goal was just back at Wimbledon, he reached the Quarter Final and lost against Hubert Hurkacz.
At the time, he revealed that he is not sure about his comeback. Though Tennis is his life, he is aiming to play again. We can just pray for his better recovery.
What can be the biggest victory rather than being at No.1 for almost 5 years continuously! The most remarkable professional awards are
- ITF World Champion for year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- ATP Player of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Best Tennis Player ESPY Award of the year 2017, 2018, 2019
- Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year for 2007, 2008, 2018
- BBC World Sport Star of the Year for 2006, 2007, 2017
The list can still go on…
- Once he admitted that he would not sleep without his wife Mirka beside him.
- He is one of the respected, reputed, and trusted people in the world and he is at second rank in this list after Martin Luther King Jr.
- Forbes announced him as the world’s highest-paid athlete of the year 2020.
- Yet, the highest-paid day may come by the Swiss athlete apparel company On’s IPO, probably in 2021.