19 Interesting Facts About Roger Federer

Roger Federer is truly a Swiss ace. This 6 foot 1 inch genius has the most impressive stats you’ll ever find in an athlete. He constitutes a blend of tennis greats like Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, and Arthur Ashe, and hence, is considered much better than the lot. Blossoming his tennis skills at the age of 8 , he’s well known for his technique, natural ability, cool and composed temperament. Let us explore some interesting facts about Roger Federer.

Roger Federer

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1. Early life and family

Roger Federer childRoger Federer was born on 8 August 1981, in Basel, Switzerland. His father, Robert Federer, is Swiss, and his mother, Lynette Federer, is a South African. He has an older sister, Diana. He spent his childhood in nearby Birsfelden, Riehen, and then Munchenstein, close to the French and German borders.
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2. Chose tennis out of other games

In his early years, he gained interest in sports. He was more inclined towards tennis but also played badminton, cricket, football and basketball, which proved to be beneficial in improving his fitness, agility and hand-eye coordination.
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3. A dropout

In order to establish a career in tennis, he compromised with his education at the age of 16.
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4. Early days in tennis career

Roger Federer youngIn 1998, he won the Junior Wimbledon, where he won both the boys’ and singles final. Later that year, he lost the US Open Junior final to David Nalbandian. He won 4 ITF junior singles tournaments in his career.
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5. ATP advancement

ATP championIn 1999, he entered the top 100 rankings in tennis. He played his 1st final at the Marseille Open in 2000, which he lost to Marc Rosset. His 1st title came in 1999 on the Challenger tour, winning the doubles event in Spain, and in 2001, he won his 1st singles title in Milan Indoor tournament, against Julien Boutter.
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6. Grand slam breakthrough

Roger Federer playingIn 2001, Wimbledon, he erupted as a sensation by knocking out the great Pete Sampras in the 4th round.
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7. 1st Grand slam title

Two years after his Wimbledon debut, Federer became the 1st Swiss man to win a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, against Mark Philippoussis.
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8. 2006 was his golden year

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Roger Federer championIn 2006, Federer won 12 singles titles with an impressive match record of 92–5. Federer reached 16 of the 17 finals during this season.
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9. He was a vegan before

Till the age of 14, Federer was a vegan. But, later he found interest in non-veg food and now  eats whatever fills his stomach.
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10. Father and uncle of twins

Roger Federer familyIn 2009, Federer got married to Mirka Vavrinec, a former WTA player. He’s a proud father of 2 twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene and of 2 twin boys Leo and Lennart.
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11. Philanthropic works

Roger Federer with fansBeing a benevolent and graceful personality, he established ‘Roger Federer Foundation’ in 2003, which provides relief operations such as food, shelter and other basic necessities. He is also a brand ambassador for UNICEF.
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12. Richie rich Federer

With the total net wealth of around $320 million, he is counted amongst the richest sports personalities ever. He possesses luxurious houses and villas in Dubai, Swiss village of Valbella, and in Wollerau, south of Zurich.
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13. He opposed equal tennis pay for women

Roger Federer interviewAccording to him, male tennis players invests more time in the field, and the more one does, the more one should earn.
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14. Total titles

championWith 17 Grand slam titles and a total of 86 singles titles, he’s certainly the best that tennis has ever produced.
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15. Tennis idols

Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg have always been his tennis role models.
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16. Roger and Juliette

JulietteAfter winning his 1st Wimbledon title in 2003, he was gifted a cow, named ‘Juliette’.
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17. Roger Federer Postal stamp

Roger Federer stampIn 2007, Roger Federer became the first living Swiss person to be featured on a Swiss stamp. The postage picture features Roger holding the Wimbledon trophy.
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18. Roger Federer alley

Roger-Federer-Allee-in-HalleYou know that you have made it big when you have a street named after you and there is a street in Halle, where the Gerry Weber tournament is held, called Roger Federer Alley.
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19. Tennis legend

Roger Federer played in but didn’t go beyond the Quarter finals in 16 grand slams during the initial years of his tennis career, but he persisted and kept improving to make all those unbeatable statistics in later years of his life. He is truly a legend.
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