by: TennisMood 45

Roger Federer

“I don’t live in the past, I don’t dwell on it. I still have plenty of goals moving forward. I love being on the court, traveling the world with my family, playing tournaments. I think it’s wonderful that I can still do that at my age!”

 

Roger Federer: Rules of Life(36 y.o.)
Roger Federer

Personal Facts

Overview

  • Nicknamed "FedEx"
  • Considered as the greatest tennis player of all time.
  • Has both Swiss and South African citizenship.
  • Roger Federer photos
    • Credits his childhood sports for hand-eye coordination: badminton and basketball.
    • Jimmy Connors described his versatility: "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist... or you're Roger Federer."
    • Well-known for his fluid style of play, speed, exceptional shot making; currently he is one of the best volleyers in the game.
    • Began playing tennis when he was 8.
    • When a child, he admired Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker.
    • Turned professional in 1998.
    • Enjoys, relaxing on the beach and spending a lot of time with his big family.
    • An avid fan of his hometown Basel FC and the Swiss National Football Team.
    • Likes playing table tennis and cards as well.
    • Speaks French, English, German and Swiss German fluently.
    • Swiss Post released the special edition stamp of Federer in Basel on 10 April 2007, as the 1st person still alive.
    • Federer’s forehand is "the greatest shot in our sport", up to John McEnroe.
    Roger Federer with friend
  • Federer about his self-control: “I don’t get the anxiety during a match so much anymore. You know, to throw racquets, to toss balls out of the court, scream and stuff. I almost laugh [on the inside] about it a little bit today when an opponent does it. But for me that’s something that is not a problem anymore.”
  • Holds several Open Era records: held world No. 1 ranking for 302 weeks; has an all-time record reaching each Grand Slam final at least 5 times; and 10 times for the Wimbledon. Also he is the only male tennis player to win 5 consecutive US Open finals.
  • Has 17 Grand Slam tournament titles, it is more than any other men's singles player.

Roger Federer's Family

  • Mother, Lynette, from Kempton Park, South African, whose ancestors were Dutch and French Huguenots; father, Robert, is Swiss from Berneck (between Switzerland, Austria and Germany); sibling, older sister Diana, the mother of a set of twins.
  • Wife, Mirka Vavrinec, former WTA player, met her in 2000 at Sydney Olympics. Both of them were competing for Switzerland. In 2002 Mirka had a foot injury so she retired. They married on 11 April 2009 at Wenkenhof Villa near Basel in a circle of close friends and relatives.
  • Four children: Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, identical twin girls (born 23 July 2009), Leo and Lennart, called Lenny, twin boys (born 6 May 2014).

Activism

  • Won record 31 ATP World Tour Awards since 2003: ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favorite (record 13x; 2003-15), ATP No. 1 (5x; 2004-07, 2009), Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship (11x; 2004-09, 2011-15), Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year (2x; 2006, 2013).
  • Nominated the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record 4 consecutive years (4x; 2005–2008).
Roger Federer exercises
  • The ATP Player Council President from June 2008-14.
  • In 2011 Forbes named him as world’s 25th-most powerful celebrity and 1st in sub category ‘press rank’.
  • Ranked No. 2 after Nelson Mandela but ahead of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and Bono by the Reputation Institute’s 2011 study of world’s most respected, admired and trusted personalities.
  • In 2011, Federer took part in an exhibition, Rally for Relief, to raise money for the victims of the Queensland floods.
  • Named by the London School of Marketing the world’s most marketable sports star (2015) and by Forbes the highest-earning tennis player off court from 2007 to 2015 (9 years).
  • Other Awards: Swiss of the Year (2003); Swiss Athlete of the Year (6x; 2003-04, 2006-07, 2012, 2014); ITF Player of the Year (5x, 2004-2007, 2009); I.T.W.A. Player of Year and Ambassador for Tennis (3x; 2004-06); BBC Sports Overseas Personality of Year (3x; 2004, 2006-07); GQ Germany “International Man of the Year” (2005); U.S. Academy Outstanding Athlete presented by USA Today and MSNBC (2x; 2005-06); L’Equipe’s Champion of Champions (3x; 2005-2007); Laureus Sports Award, World Sportsman of the Year (4x; 2005-2008); ESPY’s Best Male International Athlete Award (2007); Swiss Team of the Year, together with Stan Wawrinka (2008) and the Swiss Davis Cup Team (2014); US Open Sportsmanship Award (2014).

Roger Federer's Philanthropy

  • Launched the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to support primarily early childhood education in Southern Africa (because his mother was raised there). To this date the foundation received over $15 million.
  • In 2005, auctioned his US Open championship racquet to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • To help the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami victims, Roger with top ATP and WTA players arranged an exhibition “Rally for Relief”at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in 2005.
  • In 2006 he visited Tamil Nadu, one of the areas in India most affected by the tsunami.
Roger Federer foundation
  • Serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2006.
  • In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Federer arranged collaboration with fellow top tennis players for a special charity event during the 2010 Australian Open called 'Hit for Haiti', in which proceeds went to Haiti earthquake victims.
  • Took part in a follow-up charity exhibition during the 2010 Indian Wells Masters which raised $1 million.
  • In 2010 the Nadal vs Federer "Match for Africa" in Zurich and Madrid raised more than $4 million for the Roger Federer Foundation and Fundación Rafa Nadal.
  • In 2014, the Federer vs Wawrinka "Match for Africa 2", in Zurich, raised £850,000 for education projects in southern Africa.
  • Personal Team & Coaching

  • Works with fitness trainer Pierre Paganini and physical therapist Daniel Troxler.
  • Added Stefan Edberg to his coaching team ahead of the 2014 season and improved his volley shots.

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