Roger Federer Bio And Facts
Roger Federer is one of the most popular names in tennis history. Not only is he extremely well known, but is well known for a good reason. He is one of the most dominant players to ever play the sport. With countless titles, he hails as one of the most incredible tennis players of all time. With the record for the most men's Grand Slam Singles Titles (20), he has proven the dominance of his playstyle.
Playing since he was a child, his life has been toward perfecting the sport and being the best all around athlete possible. Turning pro in 1998, and then winning at Wimbledon in 2003, he became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title, solidifying his status as one of the best to ever play. He is both an amazing player and an amazing husband and father to his children. He is able to balance the life of a world champion and a father at the same time.
- Born: August 8, 1981 (08-08-1981)
- Education: Turned Pro at 16 years old in 1998
- Net Worth: $450 million
- Occupation: Professional tennis player and philanthropist
- Height: 6'1" (1.85 cm)
- Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
- Position: Singles and Doubles
- Years Active: 1998 - Current
- Career Wins: 1,242 including 103 title wins
- Career Losses: 271
- Nicknames: Dark Federer
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 1,242, 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. After this, in 2004, he had the world rank of number 2 and in that same year, won The Australian Open, the ATP Masters, and kept his Wimbledon title as well. After this, he was ranked number one in the world from 2004 into 2008 and continued to win titles and achieve new benchmarks. With a significant dip in 2008, Federer was beaten by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in two seperate matches and this battled his superiority for the year. From then on, Federer has been a dominant force in the sport, winning many more titles for a total of just under $130 million in prize money.
Titles and Awards
Federer has racked up countless titles and awards, but some of the most important and influential include:
- He has spent 302 weeks in the number one spot worldwide from 2004 into 2008.
- When turning 36, he became the "olders" world champion number one
- He has 103 total title wins which is number two in the world, just behind professional tennis player Jimmy Connors.
- With 8 Wimbledon titles, he has the most wins of all time.
- 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 $450 million total 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.
- Won a Doubles Olympic Gold in 2008 and a Singles Olympic Silver in 2012.
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 then became parents very soon after. They had two twin girls, Myla and Charlene. In 2014, they had another set of twins, this time boys, Leo and Lenny. Currently, they live in Switzerland.
Roger also created his own foundation called the Roger Federer Foundation. The foundation aims to provide education for people who would not be able to get a good education elsewhere. 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 educational opportunities for children in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
- 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.
Did Federer play any other sports?
Federer was an athlete at an early age. The only other sport he played was soccer, but soon after was poised as an incredible tennis player at only the age of 11. Because of this, he decided to quit all other sports and focus on tennis solely at the age of 12. By age 14, he was playing significant junior tournaments that further led him to turn pro in 1998, winning the boys' singles and doubles title.
What records does Federer Hold?
Federer holds many records for his title wins, but some others that he holds include:
- 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)
These records are still upheld to this day and may be for a long time.
Does Federer like playing on grass?
Federer is a huge fan of grass courts. He won 65 matches in a row on a grass court. This happened in the prime of his career from 2003 to 2008. Not only this long winning streak, but he has a history of winning many matches on grass courts.
Has Federer ever had any injuries?
Despite what many people may assume, Federer has been plagued with injuries before. He has had back injuries, and currently has had surgery on his knee and doesn't think that he will return to the courts in 2020. While this may not affect his play in the future, it is currently an issue for his game and his recognition as one of the best for the year. Despite this, he remains to be one of the best players of all time.