Roger Federer Bio And Facts

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is one of the most popular names in tennis history. He is known for his dominance in the early 2000s and consistent performance among the top tennis players in the world. With 1251 career singles wins and 103 titles, Federer has established himself as one of the best players tennis has ever seen. He became the first men's tennis player to win 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles and holds the record for most Wimbledon titles, with eight. 

Roger Federer has been playing tennis since he was a child and has spent his life perfecting his game and fascinating tennis fans along the way. Turning pro in 1998, he quickly won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, becoming the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title and solidifying his status as one of the best to ever play. He is an amazing tennis player, family man, and philanthropist.

  • Born: August 8, 1981 (08-08-1981)
  • Turned Pro: 1998 (16 years old)
  • Net Worth: $550 million
  • Occupation: Professional tennis player
  • Height: 6’1” (1.85 cm)
  • Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
  • Position: Singles and Doubles
  • Years Active: 1998 - 2022
  • Career Wins: 1,251, including 103 title wins
  • Career Losses: 271
  • Nicknames: Dark Federer

Tennis Career

Roger Federer’s tennis career is one of the most impressive in all of tennis history. Not only does he have a career win count of 1,251, but he has racked up a total of 103 title wins over his career. Turning pro in 1998, he won his first Wimbledon in 2003. In 2004, he was ranked number two in the world and won The Australian Open, the US Open, and defended his Wimbledon title in the same year. After this, he was ranked number one in the world from 2004 into 2008 while he continued to win titles and achieve new benchmarks. From then on, Federer has been a dominant force in the sport, winning many more titles and earning over $130 million in prize money. His last major win came at the Australian Open in 2018, giving him a total of 20 Grand Slam titles, a record at the time.

Roger Federer announced his retirement from tennis on September 15th, 2022, stating that his last tournament would be the 2022 Laver Cup in London. He released a heartfelt video explaining that numerous injuries have led him to make the decision to retire. Federer thanked his many fans and the game of tennis for providing him with the opportunity to play at such a high level throughout his 24-year career.

Titles and Awards

Federer has racked up countless titles and awards, but some of the most important and influential include:

  • He spent 302 weeks as the number one ranked tennis player worldwide from 2004 into 2008.
  • When turning 36, he became the oldest player to be ranked number one in the world
  • He has 103 total title wins, which is the second most in the Open Era, just behind Jimmy Connors.
  • With eight Wimbledon titles, he has the most Wimbledon wins of all time.
  • Completed the career Grand Slam in 2009 after winning the French Open.
  • Swiss Athlete of the Year: 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2012, 2014.
  • Federer is one of the highest ranked players as far as total winnings (~$130 million in-game winnings and $550 million net worth)
  • Player of the Year and Ambassador for Tennis for the International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) from 2004-06.
  • Countless awards from magazines and companies such as GQ and Forbes.
  • 2007 ESPYs Best Male International Athlete
  • Won a Doubles Olympic Gold in 2008 and a Singles Olympic Silver in 2012.

Personal Life

Roger Federer was born on August 8th, 1981, in Basel, Switzerland. He is the son of Robert and Lynette Federer and has one sister, Diana. As his mother is from South Africa, Federer holds citizenship in both Switzerland and South Africa. Not only is Roger Federer an incredible tennis player, but he is an incredible son, father, husband, and is well known for being a very nice and compassionate person. In 2009, he married his girlfriend at the time, Mirka Vavrinec, and the two became parents very soon after. They had two twin girls, Myla and Charlene. In 2014, they had another set of twins, this time boys named Leo and Lenny. Currently, they live in Switzerland. 

Roger also created his own foundation called the Roger Federer Foundation. The foundation aims to provide educational opportunities for children in Switzerland and southern Africa. His foundation provides resources to ensure the best possible opportunities for children to succeed in life. His foundation has benefited over 1.5 million children and has provided education for children in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.

Fun Facts

  • Federer was awarded a cow after winning his 2003 Wimbledon Title. Also, during the next event he told fans that the cow had a baby.
  • After playing with a significantly smaller racket, Federer prototyped a larger racket size and debuted it in 2014.
  • Federer is multilingual, speaking an impressive four languages. These include Swiss German, German, English, and French.
  • Federer is known most for his singles titles but also has an impressive number of doubles titles. These include the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2003 Miami Masters.
  • In 2015, Federer was crowned the world’s most marketable sports player by the London School of Marketing. This holds true because almost two-thirds of his income is related to branding.
  • Federer was the president of the ATP Player Council from 2008 to 2014.

FAQ

When did Roger Federer retire?

Roger Federer retired from professional tennis in September of 2022. In a video posted to his social media channels, Federer explained that he would retire following his participation in the 2022 Laver Cup. He cited his ongoing injury problems as the reason for his retirement. He also showed his appreciation for the game of tennis and his fans for allowing him to play so exceptionally throughout his career. Following his retirement, there is no doubt that Federer will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

Did Federer play any other sports?

Federer was an athlete at an early age. The only other sport he played was soccer, but by the age of 12, he devoted his efforts to focus on tennis. By age 14, he was already an incredible player, winning in significant junior tournaments that further led him to turn pro in 1998, winning boys’ singles and doubles titles.

What records does Federer Hold?

Federer holds the record for most ATP title wins in the Open Era with 103 and 157 finals appearances. He holds numerous other records, including:

  • Most titles won at Halle (10)
  • Most titles won in Cincinnati (7)
  • Most titles won at Basel (10)
  • Most titles won at Dubai (8)      
  • Most titles won at Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (6)        
  • Most titles won at Hamburg (4)      
  • Most titles won at Doha (3)

Does Federer like playing on grass?

Roger Federer is a huge fan of grass courts and has found immense success on this surface. He has a record of 192-29 on grass courts and, at one point, won 65 matches in a row on a grass court. This happened in the prime of his career from 2003 to 2008. Federer has a history of winning important matches on grass courts, including eight Wimbledon titles.

Has Federer ever had any injuries?

Despite what many people may assume, Federer has been plagued with injuries during his career. He has had numerous back injuries and has had multiple surgeries on his knee. In September of 2022, Federer announced his retirement due to his recent struggles battling injuries. Despite this, he remains one of the best players of all time.