He is a Swiss tennis player, who has to his credit some 20 individual titles in Grand Slam competitions, as well as being a businessman, philanthropist. 

This is considered by many analysts in the field of sport as the best tennis player in history.

Roger Federer Biography

He came into the world on August 8, 1981 in Binningen, Switzerland, in a small town in the city of Basel, but he grew up in Riehen and Münchenstein. He is the youngest son of Lynette and Robert Federer, his older sister is called Diana.

He himself has stood out as one of the greatest athletes since he was a child, where he came to practice basketball, soccer, among others. But he preferred to continue practicing tennis, a sport that he began to practice when he was 8 years old.

He also attributes his hand-eye coordination to the wide range of sports he played as a child, including badminton and basketball. 

Tennis was a family passion in the his household, although neither Roger’s parents nor his sister had a particular aptitude for the game. Everyone enjoyed it though, and the little kid was showing enough words of promise to enter Basel’s junior crack program at the age of eight. 

His first sports hero was Boris Becker, the young German who won Wimbledon in 1985. He remembers seeing Becker play Stefan Edberg in the Wimbledon final in 1988, who cried when his idol lost. Controlling his temper was a problem that would plague him throughout his childhood.

This famous sportsman speaks four languages ​​fluently:  English ,  German ,  Swiss  and  French . His age is currently 39 years old. Because he was born in Switzerland, he had the obligation to perform compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces, however,  in 2003 he was considered unfit for this service because he had a back problem.

The style of play of this tennis player is versatile and he plays on all types of surfaces, in addition to having spectacular footwork and a variety of shots that are effective from the back of the court as well as near the net. 

He is so good that he looks like he doesn’t make any effort during matches, as well as his efficient and graceful movements make him a very popular tennis player among a lot of fans.

Roger Federer Career

To talk about him is to go to the most important pages in the history of tennis. At the age of 14 he was already the national champion of all groups in Switzerland and was chosen to come to train at the Swiss National Tennis Center in Ecublens.

During his junior stage, he won the Wimbledon Open in 1998 in the singles and doubles modalities, he also became runner-up in the United States Open where he reached 5 ITF junior championships in singles, which already made him look like a hope in this sport. In his first year as a professional in 1999, he finished in the top 100 tennis players in the world.

In 2001 he won his first professional title, defeating Julien Boutter in the Milan final. In later months he came to beat Pete Sampras in the Wimbledon open who was a 7-time champion and this caused a change of baton in the hands of this young tennis promise.

His first Grand Slam came at Wimbledon in 2003, beating the Australian Mark Philippoussis where his reign began to be seen for a long time. Since 2004 he has won 11 Grand Slam tournaments out of 16, which caused him to maintain a victory rate of 92% during the 2004, 2005 and 2006 seasons.

In 2008 he faced one of the most difficult years of his career, resulting in the first time in four years that he was about to end the season without winning a Grand Slam title.

At Wimbledon he loses against Rafael Nadal which prevents him from getting his sixth Wimbledon crown, but at the end of the season at the US Open he gets his 13th Grand Slam. 

In the 2009 season he begins renewed, however, he falls in the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal. For the first time from 2003 to 2011 he does not win a Grand Slam although he manages to be crowned in the ATP tournaments.

Later in 2012 he would reach his 17th Grand Slam by obtaining his seventh Wimbledon crown. For 2017 he returns to the court where he manages to get his 18th Grand Slam giving him the world belief that this is one of the greatest athletes in history.

During the year 2018 it seemed unlikely that he would reach the number 1 spot this time at 36 years old; and he becomes the oldest player to be the best player in the world in the ATP Ranking. In that same year at the Masters Indians Wells Roger Federer Juan Martin del Potro came to play a match where Federer unfortunately lost against the Argentine.

He still has a lot to give in the field of tennis, who is soon to be forty years old. This year he after three months of absence from the courts and two knee operations, came to appear at the ATP 250 in Qatar, which means that he won Grand Slam titles (individuals) has 20 titles so far and you still have chances to get more.

In this tournament he manages to defeat the British Daniel Evans. What we can conclude is that Roger Federer still does not intend to end his history in the world of tennis.

Roger Federer Awards

Roger Federer in the course of his career has received the following awards:

  • Laureus Award for Best International Male Athlete of the Year.
  • ESPY Award for best tennis player.
  • BBC Award for Foreign Sports Personality.
  • Laureus World Sports Award for the best international comeback of the year.
  • ESPY Award for Record Breaking Performance.
  • ESPY Award for the best international athlete.

Roger Federer Net Worth

He is the most successful tennis player in history and also the athlete who earns the most money in the world according to Forbes magazine, which calculates that only with the prizes won throughout his career he has accumulated a fortune of 130 million dollars ( €116 million). 

An amount that falls short when talking about his total assets, which different media put at more than 900 million dollars (more than 803 million euros), since the bulk of his income comes from sponsorship contracts with different brands.

The tastiest of them, the one he signed with the Uniqlo firm for 268 million euros for a period of 10 years in July 2018, after breaking his agreement with Nike

Tadashi Yanai, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uniqloand president of Fast Retailing, then pointed out that “He is one of the greatest champions in history; the respect I feel towards him goes beyond the sporting field”. 

The collaboration will revolve around innovation on and off the track, as “we share the goal of bringing about positive change in the world, and I hope that together we can bring the best quality to the greatest number of people.”

Roger Federer Family

He has been married to former tennis player Mirka Vavrinec since 2009. Whose marriage brought him four children, both twins, named Myla Rose, Charlene Riva who were born on June 23, 2009, in addition to Leo and Lenny born on May 6, 2014.

He says that having his children and wife close by is a necessity as he travels the world and continues his playing career. And that he would not be happy on tour without them, he claims that he is good for his mind, when he comes back from a game and he has lost, they are there and they don’t care if he has won or if he has lost.

He said that finding a way of raising two sets of twins while continuing to hone his craft to the highest level in the world is not an easy balance to strike, but he has somehow managed exactly that. 

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed by other top players, players like Novak Djokovic say they are still far from him, shortly after becoming a father in October 2014. They further say that with four kids it’s amazing to play at such a high level.

Apparently having twins runs in the family. His only sister, his older sister Diana, is the mother of a set of boy and girl twins, while his maternal grandmother was also a twin.

He has said that he does not want to force his children to follow the professional tennis career that he has. His mother also once said that “kids have to put their hearts and souls into playing a sport. They cannot be forced to do it, not by the mother, the father, the school or the coach.”

But he firmly believes that it is important for any child that they enjoy what they do, regardless of the sport.

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