“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!”
Considered as the greatest tennis player of all time.
Has both Swiss and South African citizenship.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.