ATP: 5 Things to Know About Roger Federer
Roger Federer, indeed, is one of the greatest players we’ve ever witnessed here in the ATP.
Even at 38 years old, the 4th-ranked player in the world appears to still be capable of producing some of the best ATP 2020 highlights despite being hobbled by injuries in recent years.
However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Swiss native made an announcement recently that he won’t be playing again this year as he’s working to improve on his overall fitness for the next season.
It remains to be seen on whether he will reach his top form once more given his injury history. But one can expect Federer to continue to fight despite having significantly lower ATP 2020 odds of securing another Grand Slam anytime soon.
As we continue to wait for future tennis events here in SBOBET, for now, allow us to feature one of the best to ever do it – focusing on his life on and off the tennis court.
Athleticism runs in the family
There’s a reason why Roger Federer is one of the best athletes we’ve ever seen, and you can thank his mom for that.
His mom Lynette was pretty much all over the place playing various sports back in her heyday – from netball, track and field, and field jockey up until her injuries started to pile up.
So when Roger started growing up, it was natural for him to be encouraged by his parents to try out different sports.
He tried playing soccer, badminton, basketball and he would eventually commit himself to tennis at 11 years old because of his early success there.
At the time, he was one of the hottest young prospects in his area. And by the age of 14, Roger Federer started competing in tournaments and he won the National Junior Championship in Switzerland.
And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Switzerland’s Roger Federer serves a shot against Germany’s Oscar Otte during the second round match of the French Open at the Roland Garros Stadium
He had struggles with his mental health early on
But his journey to being one of the best in the business didn’t come without any obstacles early on.
David Law, who was a former ATP communications manager, touched upon on how the young Roger used to break down and throw his racket away during matches.
When Federer was 21 years old, he would suffer a huge heartbreak upon learning that his former tennis coach Peter Carter died in 2002 due to a car accident.
“I don’t think he’d ever had to think about mortality before. It stopped him in his tracks and it caused him problems for a long time in terms of dealing with the grief,” said Law.
To his credit, Federer used those instances to become a stronger and better person. A year after that tragic accident, he would win his first ever Grand Slam in the 2003 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is a certified humanitarian and philanthropist
Just like his fellow colleague in Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer has helped a lot of people.
He established the Roger Federer Foundation as a means to provide education to underprivileged kids while raising important social issues.
The Swiss international has been one of the main benefactors for families who struggled because of some of the biggest global calamities.
He helped the victims affected by Hurricane Katrina, Indian Ocean Tsunami, and in the Haiti Earthquake by organising multiple charity events and he even donated a portion of his wealth.
Because of his charitable acts, Federer was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador along with being recognised by the University of Basel as an honorary doctorate degree holder.
Roger Federer is a global marketing icon
Because of his stardom and superb play, big companies have been lining up to get Roger Federer as their endorser.
From sporting brands like Nike and Wilson to luxury brands such as Rolex and Mercedes Benz, the Swiss native has earned a lot of money and perks from working with those organisations.
To paint a clear picture on how much he’s earned off the tennis court, he is said to be receiving a brand new Mercedes Benz car for every six months and his 10-year deal before with Nike has earned him around $300 million.
His love for the game is undeniable
But what really makes him special is his undying love for the game of tennis.
Despite having achieved a lot of accolades throughout his illustrious career, Roger Federer always play every match like it’s his last.
It’s no secret that he is in the twilight of his career, and that makes his recent achievements more commendable.
In 2017, he became the oldest player to ever win the Wimbledon beating Marin Cilic despite dealing with a blister on his left foot all throughout the match.
And then a year later, Federer would win in the 2018 Australian Open by defeating Marin Cilic once more to further cement his tennis legacy.
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This message was edited by SBOBET on 15-Jul-2020 at 2:23 PM