Possibly the best male tennis player to walk this Earth, we will dwell into how Roger Federer became the legend he is now
Federer was born on August 8th 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He holds a Swiss citizenship as well as a South African one. He also has an older sister but that is his only sibling.
Young Roger first started playing tennis when he was four. His parents would feed him balls and he would hit them. However, his attitude was not his Maestro. Sometimes, he would throw tantrums on the court and even cry behind the umpire’s chair. Because of this, his parents would constantly discipline him.
Little Roger was prominent in many sports, including skiing, basketball and tennis. He was also very intelligent at his school. But most of his time was spent at the club he trained at. There, he would work with his coached and even work as a ball boy while playing in tournaments as well.
However, with Federer’s exceptional skill came sacrifice. Soon, he left to Ecublens to train there and though he left his family, with him, came his attitude. Frustrations soon mounted. The area he went to was known for its French and unfortunately, young Roger struggled with French. Not only this, some other pupils were rude to him.
However, soon he would quickly mature and his famous coach, Peter Carter, would soon help him go to win a Junior Wimbledon’s while he was still a boy and achieve number one on the junior ladder in 1998. Sadly, Carter would not go on to see Federer win his first Wimbledon as he died in a car crash in 2002.
Rivalries and Championships
In 2003, Roger won his first Wimbledon by beating Mark Philippoussis in three sets. Federer would then go on to win six more. Federer seemed to dominate the pro tour what with him staying number one for a total of 302 weeks. 237 of these weeks were consecutive, meaning no one passed him in points.
However, a new challenger approached by the name of Rafael Nadal. It was any normal match for Federer but it quickly was changed when Nadal came and beat the former no.1 6-3, 6-3. This would go on to spark the famous fedal match-ups which fans so loved and adored.
Now at age 35 and with another Grand Slam under his belt, Roger has his eyes set on Wimbledon. However, there is fresh new blood out there. Players like Alexander Zverev and Noah Rubin stand out in the crowd. Strong warriors like Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray wait for revenge.
There are many players out there waiting to get a shot at Federer but that does not mean he will back down. Federer may be nearing 40 but that doesn’t mean he still has the competing spirit of a 20 year old and the body of a 25 year old. Federer is still the same person and he has promised that he will give it his all until he retires.