Roger Federer (born: August 8, 1981) is a retired Swiss tennis player and is highly regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was first ranked world No. 1 in 2004, and held this position for a record 237 consecutive weeks (310 overall). During his time at the top of the male tennis world, his domination was shared with other tennis greats Nadal and Djokovic.
Federer turned pro when he was 17. At age 21, he won his first major singles title at Wimbledon in 2003. By the time he retired 19 years later, he had won 20 Grand Slam titles, the first to reach this milestone.
Greatest Sporting Achievements
When Federer won his first French Open title in 2009, he equaled Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles and became the sixth man to win all four majors. Over his tennis career he won 20 Grand Slam titles: Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018); French Open (2009); Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017); US Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Federer won the ATP Player of the Year five times (2004–07, 2009), and also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award a record five times.
Why Was He So Good?
Federer is a well-liked player by fans, known for his graciousness on and off the court. On the court he is known for his versatility and fitness. His superior agility and speed coupled with great stamina means he can cover all areas of the court with ease. He has been voted as one of the fittest tennis players ever. These physical attributes along with being tennis smart, well-disciplined, consistent and mentally strong make him such a champion over a long period.
What You May Not Know
- Federer's father is Swiss-German, his mother South African. He has an older sister (by 20 months), Diana.
- Federer is married with four children, twin girls and twin boys
- Federer turned pro in 1998, when he was 17.
- His official website bio lists his hobbies as sports (golf, soccer, skiing), friends, Playstation, music, and playing cards.
- Roger's former idols are tennis players Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.
- His main language is Swiss German, but he also speaks French and English fluently - he conducts press conferences in all three languages.
- Two days after winning his first Wimbledon title, he was presented with a 1,760 lb. milking cow he named "Juliette" as a gift from tournament organizers in Gstaad, Switzerland.
- In 2019, Federer was voted by GQ readers as the Most Stylish Man of the Decade (2010–2019). In the same year he became the first living person to be celebrated on Swiss coins.
- In 2020, Federer became the first tennis player to top Forbes' world's 100 highest-paid athletes list.
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